With the constant onslaught of technological advancements in the cockpit, one item that has become a common staple is the iPad. Kneeboards were invented to hold your documents in flight, similarly, the need arose for a way to display and protect your iPad. Linking in with the standard kneeboard idea, the iPad kneeboard was born. The iPad kneeboard now exists in a myriad of reincarnations from many different manufacturers. Most are well designed and meet the need for which they were intended including securely holding the iPad and in some case documents as well. One company that has taken quality and usability to the next level is MyGoFlight.
MyGoFlight is a US based company whose mantra is to provide products and accessories to make greater use of the iPad in an active lifestyle. One such product is the MyGoFlight iPad Kneeboard Folio C. A product designed to securely hold and protect the iPad whilst allowing for multiple viewing angles and configurations for use
in the cockpit, at home and travelling. The MyGoFlight folio provides all the offerings of genuine Apple products as well as pilot specific features that make it a must in any GA or commercial cockpit environment. Jason from MyGoFlight was nice enough to provide me with a Folio C to check out.
The MyGoFlight Folio C comprises a nice gloss leather finish with embossed logos on the outside and black felt on the inside. On the underside of the case are two aluminium rails that hold the leg strap in place and the folio snaps closed with a magnetic closure system on the right hand side. On opening the folio, you are greeted with a standard A5 aluminium pilot clipboard and a wide elasticised velcro leg strap – the kind that you will find on most GA kneeboards. The main component is the form-fitting iPad cradle which sits on the right hand inner side of the folio and rotates through 360°.
The Road Test
Having not dealt with MyGoFlight products before, I was unsure as to the general quality of their products, though once inside the plastic packaging of the Folio C, their immersion with quality quickly become apparent.
MyGoFlight have left no stones upturned with this kneeboard. Even after using it for a few weeks, I found myself stumbling upon new little features with every flight. From the outside, the kneeboard looks and feels quite hefty and you could argue that it is compared to an Apple Smart Case for instance, but it has to be; you see, the Folio C (folio) has all the features of its genuine Apple cousin, but above and beyond that, it does so much more.
The iPad slides into the form-fit cradle with a simple click in each corner. The fit is perfect and immediately eliminates any concern that the iPad may dislodge during flight as the cradle claws effortlessly grab on to the edge of the iPad without damage and without protruding over its face.
The folio secures to your leg by way of an elasticised velcro leg strap and the aluminium rails on the underside of the folio help to avoid it slipping around on your leg. Once strapped in, the iPad can rotate through 360° which is perfect to quickly arrange from portrait to landscape orientation dependent on the needs of individual apps or charts. The other side of the folio (the underside of the front cover) has a nice felt feel to it and has protective rubber strips to avoid scratching of the iPad’s screen. This area also doubles as a standard kneeboard by magnetically attaching the supplied aluminium clipboard. The clipboard can actually be attached anywhere on the folio as the entire product seems to be magnetised. Amazing!
The thing that I love about this kneeboard is that it can be anything you want it to be, well.. nearly anything. It’s a little confusing at first but once you have it worked out, it’s simple and within seconds you’ll have it configured no matter what your application.
To demonstrate my point, let’s first look at the components provided. You have the actual folio itself, you have the velcro elastic leg strap and an A5 aluminium pilot clipboard.
- Let’s start in the cockpit. Now let’s say you just want the iPad by itself on your thigh where you can easily see it without the front cover getting in the way. All you do is fold the folio in half (put the front cover under the iPad)
, the leg strap goes through the cradle, straps to your leg and voila, all done.
- Next, let’s say you want the iPad on your right leg and a clipboard for checklists on your left leg. Easy! Open up the folio, throw the aluminium clipboard on the left hand side (yes it’s magnetic), the leg strap goes through the bottom rails and straps to your leg. Within seconds, you’re away.
- No longer need the iPad, just close up the folio, put the clipboard on the front (yes, everything is magnetic) and you have an old fashioned kneeboard with the iPad safely hiding inside.
- Outside of the cockpit, it’s just as versatile. To have it sitting on a desktop you simply move the top strap along the velcro strip to achieve your desired angle of viewing.
All of this will make a lot more sense when you have one of your own, but for now you just need to trust me that you can easily adjust it to be any kind of kneeboard or iPad case you like.
The only downfall that I could find is that the inside felt-like material attracts a lot of lint, that’s it! That’s all I could find!
This is one well-built highly functional iPad kneeboard and I couldn’t imagine a need that it doesn’t fulfill (iPad-wise). If you are using an iPad in flight, do yourself a favor and grab one of these beauties. You will not regret it. I give it 4 stars.
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1. Looks great 2. Can rotate through 360° 3. Holds iPad securely 4. Protects the iPad from damage
1. A little on the heavy side 2. A bit bulky when travelling 3. Clipboard can't be inside with iPad 4. Edges fray after heavy use