Pilot feedback leads to new design
With thousands of pilots flying with iPads, the accessories are constantly being field-tested. So it was with Sporty’s best-selling iPad kneeboard, which has been enhanced and improved through customer feedback.
“We’re lucky to have one big test laboratory for our products with our many employee pilots, flight school and FBO,” said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Along with customer input, employees are always looking for ways to improve the products we offer.”
The Bifold iPad Kneeboard can adapt to almost any airplane or pilot preference. The left side features a rigid iPad holder with an adjustable kickstand that tilts to virtually eliminate screen glare. The iPad can be rotated easily, using the built-in friction joint. Whether you like portrait or landscape mode, this kneeboard can handle it.
The right side features a pen/stylus holder, two internal mesh pockets and a zippered storage pocket for charging cords or screen cleaners. There’s even a protective flap to prevent the zipper from scratching the iPad screen. For larger cockpits or airplanes with side yokes, the kneeboard works well unfolded across the pilot’s lap. In tight cockpits, the right side can be folded under the iPad stand for a slimmer, single panel shape.
“We know from experience that a rigid kneeboard design rarely works in aircraft as varied as a Cirrus and a Cub,” said Zimmerman. “But with this flexible design, we can accommodate almost any cockpit and almost any pilot’s setup.”
When closed, the Bifold iPad Kneeboard offers an external pocket for backup charts or paperwork, plus an integrated ID holder. Four elastic bands lock the iPad in place while the contoured back with elastic straps secures the kneeboard to the pilot’s leg.
Measuring 7”w x 9.5”l x 1.5”h when closed and 14.5”w x 9.5”l when open, the iPad Mini BiFold Kneeboard [7090A] is available for $39.95. The iPad Air BiFold Kneeboard [5172A] is available for $39.95. These kneeboards and an array of other iPad accessories are available at sportys.com or by calling 800-SPORTYS.
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