In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the iPad for use at all stages of flight. While this approval is only valid for American Airlines at this time, the tablet revolution is changing the world of aviation in many exciting ways.
In the past, commercial pilots had to carry flight bags with up to 35 pounds of reference material and navigation charts. With an iPad tablet and an iPad kneeboard, it's possible to replace these paper materials with a single, unified electronic display.
The iPad is the only tablet currently on the market that offers FAA-certified navigation maps. With Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck, a pilot can have hundreds of VFR and IFR aeronautical maps at his or her fingertips. While Android tablets are currently being vetted by the FAA and Jeppesen, the iPad remains the standard for digital aviation maps at the moment.
However, it can be challenging to set up an iPad in an airplane cockpit. With iPad mounts, it's possible to quickly and easily secure an iPad to the dash of an airplane instrument panel. In addition, an iPad 2 kneeboard can be a great way to ensure digital maps are close at hand.