iPad mini: the New Cockpit Backup Device?

AINalerts » November 8, 2012
Display elements are 18 percent smaller on the iPad mini than on the iPad, but app developers don’t expect that to be a problem for aviation users.
November 8, 2012, 3:20 PM

Apple’s iPad mini is likely poised to become the backup cockpit chart display device of choice for pilots, according to some aviation iOS app developers. The mini’s 7.9-inch (diagonal) screen is smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad, but the device contains the same A5 processor as the iPad 2 and tips the scales at less than half the iPad 2’s 1.5 pounds. Jeppesen has already concluded decompression testing of the newest iPad (fourth generation) and the mini, both of which started shipping earlier this week.

The mini’s screen is smaller than the iPad’s and display elements thus are 18-percent smaller. “It’s not a huge reduction,” said Rick Ellerbrock, Jeppesen’s director for aviation strategy. “It’s something we don’t think is going to be a usability issue.” Approach plates are a bit smaller on the mini versus the iPad, he added, “but it’s surprisingly readable.”

Apple “turned out a fantastically light and usable device,” said Hilton Goldstein, founder of Hilton Software, the company that developed the WingX Pro 7 app. “I might be going out on a limb here, but I believe iPad mini will be more popular than iPad.”

ForeFlight Mobile blogged about the mini during a test flight: “One-handed operation is great for reading, briefing approach plates and even panning sectional charts with one thumb. Also, yoke mounting is now a pleasure.”

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Garry Wing
on November 9, 2012 - 2:58pm

Just got a mini; flight testing it tomorrow on a cross country to Phoenix. ForeFlight and accompanying charts, plates loaded and ready to go. Get the 32GB. More room than you'll probably need, and that's always a good thing.

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Chad Trautvetter
on November 9, 2012 - 3:13pm

Garry,

Please be sure to come back and tell us what your thoughts are about the mini post-flight.

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Ed Fisher
on November 9, 2012 - 5:21pm

I will keep using my full sized IPad, but will purchase a mini for backup. It would be nice if the other navigation apps would follow the lead of Garman, who, I believe. allows their users to load the Garman app on 2 devices.

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Matt
on November 9, 2012 - 6:33pm

Both ForeFlight Mobile HD and WingX Pro allow installations on more than one device. I use both on my iPad and iPhone. And Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck is free, with subscriptions available in two- or four-pack packages.

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frank
on November 10, 2012 - 9:50am

Is the Mini legal to fly with using foreflight like the Ipad?
This looks a lot easier to handle in the cockpit than the full size Ipad.
thanks,
Frank

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Matt
on November 10, 2012 - 2:02pm

Yes, any method that provides the information needed for the flight is legal. The regulations don't specify the method, just that you must be able to get the information. For more information on the legal issues surrounding iPad and Electronic Flight Bag use, see http://ipadpilotnews.com/2012/06/ipad-legal-briefing-for-pilots-updated-...

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frank
on November 10, 2012 - 4:36pm

thank you, sounds like my iphone would even be legal then but really hard to see....lol

thank you

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glenn collins
on November 12, 2012 - 7:07pm

drooling at the prospect of mounting this puppy on my mooney yolk. Ya really coundn't do this with the IPAD. This thing is a pilots wet dream for a simple reliable agile cockpit resource management tool. Keep the MFD on the big picture while that little blue geo-referenced jet tracks down the ILS....(with just a touch of dim ).. not to mention safe taxi....freqs... the list goes on... like having a third mobile screen for the G1000 YES!!!

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glenn collins
on November 12, 2012 - 7:07pm

drooling at the prospect of mounting this puppy on my mooney yolk. Ya really coundn't do this with the IPAD. This thing is a pilots wet dream for a simple reliable agile cockpit resource management tool. Keep the MFD on the big picture while that little blue geo-referenced jet tracks down the ILS....(with just a touch of dim ).. not to mention safe taxi....freqs... the list goes on... like having a third mobile screen for the G1000 YES!!!

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victormart
on April 10, 2014 - 6:35am

Have they support backup for google apps ? I just wanna know more about the features and functions of them..How they manage large amount of data and signify it's security too...

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