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Photos courtesy of Sporty's Pilot Shop

How customers will mount their tablets - kneeboard, yoke,
or suction-cupped to the windshield or side-window - is an
important consideration derived from their VFR or IFR missions.

allow, a tablet can take the place of a multifunction
display, bringing ADS-B traffic and weather otherwise
unavailable to the aircraft owner.
On the ground, a tablet will reliably connect with a
Wi-Fi network at home or at any business that provides
one. In the cockpit, they are more selective. And
customer happiness goes beyond a seamless wireless
cockpit network; a source of external power to support
the batteries involved, and a backup plan should the
tablet fail, are equally important aspects of an avionics
system upgrade.
Dominant aviation apps
To winnow the thousands of aviation apps to a
manageable handful, start with Federal Aviation
Regulation 91.21, Portable Electronic Devices, which
allows pilots of aircraft with a maximum gross weight
of 12,500 pounds to replace paper VFR and IFR charts
and approach plates with digital equivalents once they
determine that their tablet will not interfere with the

aircraft's navigation and communication systems. (See
AC 91.21C, Use of Portable Electronic Devices Aboard
Aircraft.) When such interference occurs, its source is
often the tablet's 3G/LTE cellular capability; turning the
function off eliminates chances of interference - and
improves the battery's endurance.
These apps, such as Jeppesen's VFR and Pro Mobile
Flight Deck, are classified as electronic flight bags. In
addition to displaying charts (and often pilot-loaded
documents such as weight and balance, aircraft flight
manuals, checklists, and logbooks), with a terrestrial
Wi-Fi connection, their flight planning and filing
functions provide all the necessary components of a
preflight briefing.
A smaller subset of these apps also display flight and
traffic information as well as geo-referenced charts,
when connected to the appropriate wireless cockpit
network that includes a GPS position source and ADS-B
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