Many students ask what type of kneeboard is best for their iPad mini or similarly sized Android 7 to 8 inch Android tablets. Below are a few of the options I have used.
Crystal Pilot 3-in-1 Kneeboard Clipboard
The Crystal Pilot comes in a version that fits the iPad mini 1-4 and one for an iPad mini 5. I like that it has a iPad mini case that can be removed from the it to carry your iPad outside of the cockpit. It has multiple removable velcro pockets/accessories for items like pins and batteries. The clipboard can sit in an inner pocket behind the iPad, although I added some industrial velcro to my clipboard and to the iPad case to allow it to be attached with the iPad cover closed. It is made of nylon so it does not looks a “fancy” as some of the leather folio options, and the velco straps can be a bit confusing when you first set it up. That said, it is a great budget option, particularly given that it includes a removable iPad case and a VFR/IFR reference card. It sells for around $65.
MYGOFLIGHT Universal Mini Leather Folio C EFB Pilot Kneeboard and ClipboardThis is a premium offering from MYGOFLIGHT, and as are all of their products, it is top notch quality. This is made of leather, and fits an iPad mini 1,2,3,4 or 5. It has a removable clipboard that can attach to the inside or outside with magnets. It has a removable kneeboard strap so it can be carried outside of the cockpit. This is one of my favorite iPad kneeboard/clipboard combos when I don’t need to carry any accessories with it. It is also compatible with other 7 to 8 inch tables. I use it inside and outside the cockpit. At aroudn $154 it is one of the more expensive options.
MYGOFLIGHT iPad FolioThis is amore minimalist offering from MYGOFLIGHT but of the same high quality build. Its price does reflect the high quality. It fits an iPad mini 4 or 5. One of the features I like is that is compatible with the Apple Smart Cover. The kneeboard strap can be removed and it can be used to carry the iPad outside the cockpit. It is also can attach to MYGOFLIGHT yoke arm mounts, suction mounts, or a MGF to RAM adapter. It can be purchased standalone or with one of the MYGOFLIGHT mounts (which also include kneeboard straps. The standalone version is around $124. The version with a yoke mount or suction cup mount both cost aroudn $260. The Ram adapter is purchased separately and is around $85. You can purchase the mounts separately as well if you want to add options over time. I ofen use this folio with a Ram adpater in light sport aircraft or on one of my flight simulators.
Purchase the standalone MYGOFLIGHT iPad Folio here
Purchase the standalone MYGOFLIGHT iPad Folio with Yoke Mount here
Purchase the standalone MYGOFLIGHT iPad Folio with Suction Cup mount here
Purchase the MYGOFLIGHT RAM adpater here