Pilots looking for aviation-oriented accessories for their tablet computers might want to visit the MyGoFlight exhibit (Booth No. 1091). The Denver-based company, which makes accessories for aviation, marine and land vehicle use, has announced several new products, including flight bags, yoke mounts and kneeboards, all designed for use with iPads and other tablets.
“The iPad continues to gain popularity and momentum in aviation,” said Charles Schneider, CEO of MyGoFlight and a Cirrus SR-22 Turbo pilot. “We continue to expand and improve our products to meet the needs of pilots looking for the best gear for using their iPad, both in and out of the plane.”
Many pilots may be relegating their bulky, boxy Jepp flight bags to the closet after they see MyGoFlight’s Flight Bag PLC (for “paperless cockpit”) Pro. Usable as either a shoulder bag or a backpack, the Flight Bag PLC Pro includes a protective pouch to hold an iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, laptop computer or other EFB devices, as well as headsets, radios and other gear. It can also double as an overnight bag. Individual pockets with mesh covering allow the pilot to see exactly what is in the bag and keep it all organized.
Newest to MyGoFlight’s product line are the iPad Jet Mounts, released just before the NBAA show. The mounts are available for most models of Gulfstream, Learjet, Beechcraft, Pilatus and TBM airplanes, though in different ways. For example, the Jet Mount Chart Holder model clamps to the chart holder that is found in most Learjets and Beechjets, the Universal model attaches to chart holder plates found in TBM and Pilatus turboprops and the Gulfstream model slides into that jet’s yoke wedge. Typically, a pilot would place an iPad in the company’s Sport Case, which then connects to the Jet Mount attached to the airplane’s yoke. The combination allows several adjustments, including tilting and rotating, so the iPad can be positioned where desired and rotated into portrait and landscape positions without the use of tools. The cost for both the Jet Mount and the Sport Case is $318.
An alternative to yoke mounts is the iPad Kneeboard Pro, which straps to the pilot’s thigh. In fact, kneeboard cases are the center of MyGoFlight’s product line, with the Sport Kneeboard being its the most popular product and Leather Folio C, its newest kneeboard, the second most popular product. Like the yoke mounts, the kneeboard allows the iPad to be viewed in portrait and landscape modes. The kneeboard can also be used as a lapboard. Although the iPad is encased within the kneeboard, all of its ports and controls remain accessible so the tablet can still be charged, synced and controlled. MyGoFlight offers five aviation kneeboards for the iPad, ranging in price from $99 to $189, and one for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, priced at $99. o