Ipad mount for cessna

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Product Description

The RAM Yoke Mount for iPads consists of a yoke clamp base, double socket arm and a non-locking cradle for the iPad. What better way to use your iPad in your cockpit than to mount it on your Yoke!

It is important to choose the correct Cradle for your iPad.

  • Determine which model iPad you have:
    • Go to Settings > General > About > Model Number. The model number will be MXXX/A. Tap that number to get the A number (AXXXX).
  • Click on the "SPECS" Section/Tab of this page to look up your iPad Model Number by "A" number.
  • Select the appropriate Cradle from the Drop Down, above.
  • Please call us if you have any questions.
  • Note: The new iPad Mini 6 will NOT fit in the Mini 4-5 Cradle

The RAM yoke clamp mount for the Apple iPad will fit yoke posts / rails from 0.625" to a maximum of 1.25" in diameter (this equates to approx. 2" circumference to 3.9” in circumference). How to tell how big your Yoke Post is? Simply take a string and wrap it around the post. Mark it with a marker. Then stretch it out on a ruler – that will be your Yoke circumference! 

PLEASE NOTE: most Beechcraft and the Piper Comanche (among others) have larger Yoke Posts and require the RAM Beech Yoke Mount.

Designed into the mount is a 1" diameter patented rubber ball and socket system with adjustment points at the base and cradle. With a twist of the arm knob, you can move the iPad aircraft yoke clamp mount to your optimum viewing position.

This mount is designed to hold the appropriate iPad WITHOUT CASE, SKIN OR SLEEVE. If you wish to use your iPad with a case, please see the relevant Tab-Tite or X-Grip Cradle.

Note: This product is NOT recommended for devices with an Armor Glas Screen Protector.

Material: High Strength Composite and Powder Coated Marine Grade Aluminum

Ball Size: 1" Rubber Ball "B" Size


  • Ram Holder For Apple iPad
  • RAM Yoke Clamp Mount with Double Socket Arm and Round Base Adapter
    Consists of a double socket arm, round 2.5" base that contains the universal AMPs hole pattern and yoke clamp base.
  • Arm Dimensions:
    • Overall Length: 3.69"
    • Socket-To-Socket Length: 3"

Optional Roto-View Adapter:
The RAM Roto-View is an adapter plate that allows you to rotate your tablet to accommodate many tablet viewing configurations! The Roto-View™ utilizes multiple detents to adjust your tablet to the most popular viewing angles, including landscape and portrait mode. No need to loosen the knob of your double socket arm to reposition your tablet. Instead, simply rotate the cradle to achieve the same result!

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An iPad can be an invaluable tool in the cockpit, but it can often be hard to find the perfect position and location for it. It needs to be set up so it is easy to view and use without getting in the way.

Generally, you can either mount the iPad using a yoke or suction mount, or rely on a pilot kneeboard to attach the iPad onto your lap.

Some pilots prefer using a kneeboard while others prefer to use a mount, as constantly having to look down can negatively impact situational awareness.

If you choose to go for a mount option, the following are your best bet.

Best iPad Suction Mounts for Pilots

MyGoFlight Flex Suction Cup Mount

The MyGoFlight Flex Suction Cup Mount is uniquely designed to be universally compatible with any iPad or device.

With its super-strong suction cup, you won’t have any issue securely attaching it onto any flat surface, where it will remain even under the intense vibration of your aircraft.

Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the MyGoFlight Flex Suction Cup is light-weight and easy to configure, while managing to be heavy-duty enough to deal with any turbulence or shock.

The adjustable arm is a very welcome feature that any pilot will appreciate, as it allows the position of your iPad to be adjusted with precision either vertically or horizontally.

RAM X-Grip with RAM Twist-Lock Suction Cup Mount

Best suited for the iPad Mini, the RAM X-Grip Suction Mount features a spring-loaded ‘X’ design for excellent holding power.

Due to its ball and socket technology design, you are able to adjust the position of the mount very precisely.

There is no need to worry about the RAM Suction Cup Mount attaching to any flat surface either. And thanks to its twist-lock design, once the device is attached, good luck trying to get it to budge.

Best iPad Yoke Mounts for Pilots

MyGoFlight Flex Yoke Sport Mount

The MyGoFlight Flex Yoke Sport Mount is compatible with any 7-inch to 11-inch tablet or iPad, making it suitable for use with the latest generation iPad Mini, iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models.

Constructed from aluminum and stainless steel, and weighing just 4 ounces, it is lightweight and designed to handle up to a 20g impact.

The Yoke Sport Aviation Mount is easy to install, and its quick-release toggle clasp ensures that removal and adjustment to and from landscape and portrait positions are quick and easy.

Pilots will also appreciate how any vibration is kept to a minimum, regardless of in-flight conditions.

RAM Double Socket Arm with Small Tough-Claw Base

Ideal for the iPad Mini, this yoke mount from RAM incorporates a non-slip, shock, and vibration dampening design to keep your iPad secure and safe as you fly.

Made of high-strength composite and stainless steel, the RAM Double Socket Arm Mount quickly attaches and won’t move once it has been attached.

Important Things to Consider When Buying an iPad Mount for Aircraft Use

  • Suction Mount vs. Yoke Mount DIfference

A suction mount does exactly what it says: it mounts your iPad onto the windshield through suction. As it can easily be attached anywhere on the windshield, it is the more flexible option.

A yoke mount utilizes an aircraft’s yoke to attach an iPad via a clamp mount. Because of this, it isn’t as flexible, but can be better suited for smaller cockpits where space is at a premium.

If you fly a Cessna high-wing (C172, C182, etc.), Cirrus or Cessna Corvalis, or Piper and Mooney, using either a suction cup mount or yoke mount is usually fine. Either will work and the decision for which one to use will come down to preference.

It is only when you begin to fly small/mid-size jets that you should opt for a kneeboard.

There are only two brands that pilots rely on when it comes to iPad mounts: RAM and MyGoFlight. These companies specifically design mounts for pilots, whereas the majority of other companies focus more on non-aviation modes of transportation like vehicles.

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The Best iPads for Flying and Which Cockpit Mounts and Accessories to Get in 2021

The iPad has made our lifes in the cockpit a lot easier. With today’s airspace and cockpit workload, it’s hard to imagine flying without one in your flight bag at all times.

But which iPad should you buy and how do you mount it in the cockpit? In this definitive guide, we will discuss the best iPads, mounts and accessories to purchase in 2021!

The Best iPads for Pilots in 2021

When it comes to tablets, there’s a wide choice ranging from cheap Chinese models, to Samsung’s Android tablets and the Apple iPad at the higher end of the price spectrum.

For use in the cockpit, Apple’s products have proven themselves tima and time again, being used in professional environments and cockpits all over the world.

The Best iPads for Flying and Which Cockpit Mounts and Accessories to Get in 2021

Things to Consider

Wifi and/or Cellular?

Since we want to use our iPad mostly as an in-flight GPS, we will need some sort of GPS receiver. In general, you will have two options; Either you can buy an iPad with WiFi + Cellular, which includes a built-in GPS module, or you buy an iPad with just WiFi and will need to buy a separate GPS module. We will discuss this more deeply below.

The Cellular model will usually be about $100-$200 more expensive than the model without, but this is worth it. Even if you plan on using an external GPS module, the cellular capability will allow you to go online in places without WiFi connection, like the cockpit or tarmac. This way, you will be able to check weather, NOTAMS, update charts, etc.


Like most portable electronic devices, iPads can be bought with different options when it comes to storage space. The new iPad Mini, for example, can be bought with 64GB or 265GB storage space. Whichever is best ultimately depends on your mission and what you want to use the iPad for. Planning on using it just for flying? Then the smaller 64GB model might be sufficient. If you want to use it for more than just flying, a little extra storage space will never hurt.

In the end, it all depends on whatever your budget allows.

We listed some of our personal recommendations below, with some points of comparison.


The last important aspect to consider is the size of your iPad. This depends, of course, on a number of factors, such as your ability to read from smaller screens, the size of your cockpit and the mounting options that are available.

iPad models range from the 7.9 inch iPad Mini, all the way up to the 12.9 inch iPad Pro. While the larger iPad models offer a larger screen that’s easier to read from, they could offer problems in cockpits with less room. It’s therefore important to always consider different screen sizes and buy the model that would fit best in your working environment.

Luckily, there now exist different models with different screen sizes, so you should be able to find an Ipad with just your desired size!

iPad Models

The Apple iPad line features quite a few different models, from the smallest iPad Mini to the newest iPad Pro with a maximum screen size of 12.9 inch.

Below, we will list some of the most popular iPad models for use inside the cockpit.

The Best iPad Mounts and Accessories for the Cockpit

iPad Mini

The iPad Mini is the smallest model in Apple’s iPad product line. Among private pilots, this model has become a very popular option, as most general aviation cockpits do not offer that much excess room to mount larger screens.

I personally use an iPad Mini 32 GB with WiFi + Cellular and love the convenience of the small size! My eyes are still pretty good (for now at least), so I have no problem at all reading from the smaller screen. The smaller size is also ideal for storing it in my flight bag!

Of course, many people still prefer a larger screen, so if that’s the case, the 7.9-inch iPad Mini might be just a little too small for you. Luckily, Apple offers a few other models with larger screen sizes.


The regular iPad was Apple’s initial model in the iPad series. Measuring 10.2 inch, this has been the most popular iPad for many years, long before Apple started selling other models with varying screen sizes, such as the iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro.

iPad Air

The iPad Air is the lighter and slightly larger version of Apple’s regular iPad. It offers just that bit extra screen size while being packed with even more advanced technology. A great option for the small and medium-sized cockpits!

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is Apple’s largest iPad model. This model comes in 3 different screen sizes: 10.2 inches (identical to the regular iPad), 11 inches and 12.9 inches.

So when would the iPad Pro be the best option for you? When you prefer to have a larger screen and have some extra elbow room in the cockpit. This latest model also includes the Retina screens, this makes ForeFlight or other EFB apps look stunning on the big screen!

Our iPad Recommendations

Overall, every model of iPad has its own advantages and disadvantages. While the iPad Mini will fit into the tiniest of cockpits thanks to its lightness and compactness, the iPad Pro will over almost double the screen size and make reading charts a lot more convenient. In the end, the best iPad for flying depends on what you are planning to do with it, in which type of cockpits you would like to use your iPad.. and how good your eyesight is (a considerable factor when using smaller screens)!

In the table below, we summarized some of the most popular models, each with their own specifications that could be a factor in your purchase decision.

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The Best iPad Cockpit Mounts

Having an iPad in the cockpit can be a great help, but the hardest part is often finding the right spot that’s both easy to use and not compromising safety inside the cockpit.

We went searching for some of the best mounts you can use to safely mount your iPad in the cockpit.

In general, you have two major options: either you mount your iPad directly inside the cockpit, for example on the yoke or attached to the windshield. We will first list a few great options to mount your iPad this way. The second possibility is to use an iPad kneeboard, which allows you to attach your iPad or other tablets to the kneeboard on your lap. This offers some more flexibility when it comes to flying different types of aircraft. However, having to constantly look down may jeopardize your situational awareness and lookout when flying.

The Best iPad Mounts and Accessories for the Cockpit

Yoke Mounts

The first option we’ll discuss is mounting your iPad on your aircraft’s yoke using a clamp mount. This is a convenient way when flying a yoke-equipped aircraft like the popular Cessna C172.

Some popular products exist for iPads of any size, such as the Mini, Air & iPad Pro 9.7″ and the iPad Pro 10.5″.

Suction Mounts

A second option is to mount your iPad on the windshield of your aircraft. This is especially useful if you fly a non-yoke-equipped aircraft like the DA40. Using a suction cup mount, the iPad mount is attached to the windshield, giving you more flexibility of where you want your iPad to be in the cockpit.

Again, we found some great options for the iPad Mini and iPad Air & iPad Pro 9.7″. We would not recommend this product for the larger iPad Pro 10.5″ because of its weight and potential pressure on your valuable aircraft windshield.

Another good, but little more expensive, option is the MyGoFlight Universal iPad Suction Mount Kit. This kit includes a suction mount and iPad cradle, and supports iPad Air, iPad mini, Galaxy Tab and any other tablet, offering maximum flexibility!

iPad Kneeboards

Finally, we have a third option: mounting your iPad on your lap using a special kneeboard. We have recently created another guide covering the best kneeboards for pilots, including some popular options for iPad kneeboards.

The below options seem to be the most frequently bought ones:

The Best iPad Apps and Software for Pilots

There are some great iPad apps and pieces of software to help you before, during and after your flight. These apps can help you during flight planning and performance calculations, in addition to aiding in navigation during your flights. With today’s complex airspace, flying without becomes a real challenge.

Although we have personally tried only a few, the following list contains some popular apps and software that are used in flight schools, FBO’s, airlines and cockpits around the world.

The Best iPad Mounts and Accessories for the Cockpit

The Best iPad Accessories for Pilots

To really take advantage of flying with an iPad and get the most out of the aviation apps you use, there exist some extra accessories you can purchase. Again, depending on your needs and budget, other options might be more applicable.

One option is the Stratux ADS-B Dual Band Receiver Aviation Weather and Traffic, a great inexpensive receiver that provides you with ADS-B traffic and weather information in flight.

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Another useful accessory is some sort of additional battery capacity. Like every battery-powered electronic devices, batteries may die. During critical phases of flight, this is the last thing you need. Bringing along a power bank with some extra juice for your iPad could be a life-saver.

We personally recommend the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh. It weighs as little as a can of soup (12.5 oz) yet charges the iPhone 7 almost seven times, the Galaxy S6 five times or the iPad Mini 4 twice.

Additional Tips

If you want to learn more about flying with an Ipad, we recommend buying a copy of the Flying with the iPad: Tips from iPad Pilot News eBook. It’s cheap and will provide you with some additional tips when it comes to buying the right gear and getting the most out of your iPad EFB while flying.


In the end, it all comes down to personal preferences and what fits your mission. Flying with an iPad can greatly increase safety, but only when used in the proper way and while paying close attention to the possible distraction factor that’s involved with using electronic devices in the cockpit. The tools and gear mentioned above are just a small fraction of what’s available on the market today, so it is impossible to give an extensive list of every single product with their strengths and weaknesses. We did, however, do our best to point you in the right direction and cover some of the most popular and widely-used products in cockpits all over the US and the rest of the world.

Cover image by iPadPilotNews.com. Check out their website for more great information about flying with an iPad!

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#408550 - 12/18/2007:55 PMBest fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight
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Registered: 12/12/20
Posts: 11
Loc: NC

When I started flying lessons I bought an Ipad 11 Pro 2nd edition with lots of memory and GPS/Cellular. The plan was to use this for foreflight. I bought a plane a few days ago, so went ahead and bought an ipad holder that attaches to the yoke. It was the "Robust Universal iPad Yoke Mount" from sportys. I just tried to get it set up, but it really blocks the instruments. For now I put it on the copilot yoke aiming in, but think I want a better fit front and center.

I am thinking I need a different yoke mount and/or a smaller ipad.

What do you use as far as yoke mount and ipad? How do you attach the mount (over or under?)

Am I missing anything? I keep ordering stuff that does not work as I expect it to...

#408554 - 12/18/2009:16 PMRe: Best fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight [Re: 4nursebee]
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Registered: 03/23/16
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Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio

Congrats on the new plane !!!!
Welcome to the club.

I use a mini 4-5 and a Ram suction cup mount on the left side of the wind screen.

I used to have it on the yoke but there is too much looking down to see it for me. I used my yoke mount over.


#408555 - 12/18/2010:08 PMRe: Best fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight [Re: Challenger1]
Safety Pilot

Registered: 06/16/17
Posts: 34
Loc: Valdosta, GA

I do the exact same as @Challenger1. I find that the ipad mini onstructs very little of the view from the side and the yoke and view of the panel is completely unobstructed. Also, I just didn't like the yoke mount as it was always "moving slightly" when you were trying to look at it. I know this doesn't bother most. But I really like being able to glance to my left and see the ipad and still see out the front of the plane easily.

#408562 - 12/19/2006:22 AMRe: Best fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight [Re: 4nursebee]
Pilot in Command

Registered: 11/03/14
Posts: 266
Loc: Fresno, CA

I started with the full-size ipad but got a mini. Here's my install:


Reformed Piper pilot, '57 Strait Tail 172, IFR, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Kazoo

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#408625 - 12/24/2002:06 AMRe: Best fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight [Re: JJC3]
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Registered: 03/23/16
Posts: 3096
Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio

Also, I just didn't like the yoke mount as it was always "moving slightly" when you were trying to look at it. I know this doesn't bother most. But I really like being able to glance to my left and see the ipad and still see out the front of the plane easily.

Forgot about the moving part with it being on the yoke.

That also was a major reason I moved it from the yoke.

When I started IFR training I realized that I had to be able to look at the IPad more easily in turbulence because it has my approach plates on it.


#408626 - 12/24/2002:29 AMRe: Best fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight [Re: Challenger1]
Gold Pilot

Registered: 11/18/16
Posts: 1882
Loc: Virginia

Same. Not a fan of the yoke Mount. It can interfere with some autopilots, and I don’t like how it moves. Shoot an approach in gusty conditions that require a lot of control input and you’ll see what I mean.

I use a leg strap, but that’s what I’m used to from flying fighters.

A hard/suction mount is probably best for most people. Make sure it doesn’t obstruct instruments or controls, and minimizes obstruction of outside view.


#408628 - 12/24/2010:10 AMRe: Best fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight [Re: 4nursebee]
Gold Pilot

Registered: 08/22/14
Posts: 1317
Loc: blue marble

What yoke are we talking, old closed one, up open, modern bulky, 210style?

What kind of flying, sunny Sunday blue-sky-VFR or bloody Monday IMC-IFR?

I had several 'phases' flying with tablets. At first I was excited - being a low time low hours VFR - and mounted the first 10" iPad to the yoke. Same experience, is too big. When the iPad Mini came, I went for that, still on the yoke. Was ok for the kind of day VFR I did. I evolved and got the 12" model when it arrived, because of the more pixel. No way to mount that anywhere, but was ok as e-version of a paper chart and I could hand it over to a Co if present. Started to fly more hours and by night. Sticked with the largest iPad due to the beautiful screen estate. Occasionally moved to a Mini 5 because of the pen in a misbelief I would like to get the tablet mounted in front of me again, did install it mount yoke, first use taxied already uncomfortably, departed in marginal weather and was even not cleared enroute when I removed it from the yoke, sold it and got a current Air4 (I am certain the sweat spot for flying in 2020). Reason: let your screen move and rotate in flight is a very bad idea.

If and only if you always fly just a little flight hours VFR-VMC-CAVOK on sunny Sundays in clear blue sky it does not matter and you may get along with a yoke mounted Mini, but when evolving towards improved airmenship and flying more and more hours you will realize it is a bad idea in not so ideal situations (and yes, it does influence autopilots - same argument, does not matter CAVOK, but get your pants wet when marginal).

My advice: skip the learning curve, keep the 11" as I believe it is the best compromise and - treat the moving map application as if it is an animated paper chart, not a replacement for panel mount IFR-GPS. There really is no need to mount it anywhere, or did you mount your paper charts in the old days? Just my 2 cents.

Edited by Flubber4.0 (12/24/2010:13 AM)

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#408630 - 12/24/2001:53 PMRe: Best fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight [Re: Flubber4.0]
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Registered: 03/23/16
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Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio
Flubber you do bring up some good points.

Cessna provided clips on the yokes...

This me during my solo long X country when I was training. Sectional on the yoke.

Then I flew it like this in my plane.

Also flew like this which is better than vertical IMO.

But to me this is the best setup for a mini. Why not have in a steady viewable spot?


#408631 - 12/24/2002:57 PMRe: Best fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight [Re: Challenger1]
Pilot in Command

Registered: 11/17/18
Posts: 423
Loc: Arizona

I use a Ram EZ-Roll'r cradle for the iPad 11 Pro. I mounted it on the yoke rod and ran a long Ram double socket arm through the yoke close to the rod to help mitigate the weight and long enough to be able to angle it up so I could see it. I milled the socket so it could be angled up more than stock.

The comments about the screen rotation, weight, screen illumination, autopilot etc. are all factors to consider. In my case it's 99.995% day VFR so it doesn't matter much.

1964 Cessna 172E

#408634 - 12/24/2011:28 PMRe: Best fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight [Re: Gooneybird]
Safety Pilot

Registered: 02/22/19
Posts: 35
Loc: Texas

Hi this is what I did, and you will have to follow along.


I got this from amazon. There is a small one and a large one.
The small one is just a tad too big for the mini I-pad 5. So if you look at the picture on the amazon site ,,, I sawed off the bottom bracket. And used a small bolt and nut to mount a small piece of wood at the bottom, time 2. Then used 3 small #6 screws and mounted the plate into the panel. Then poof all fits well. All the my friends/pilots in the plane take pictures of the set up. Then I will send them the amazon link. Just could not bring myself to spend a fortune at the aircraft supply companies for pieces of plastic that cost a whole 78cents to manufacture.

I mounted the I-pad holder vertically. If you go to the amazon website you can look at scheme 3 and 6 and it shows things mounted vertically. Then imagine cutting off the bottom holding bracket and replacing with a piece of wood mounted to the bottom of the frame. This works for the mini I-pad.

#408644 - 12/25/2011:30 AMRe: Best fit Ipad and holder in cockpit for foreflight [Re: Challenger1]
Pilot in Command

Registered: 09/30/10
Posts: 398
Loc: Durham, NC

I use a mini 4-5 and a Ram suction cup mount on the left side of the wind screen.

Another "used to be a yoke mount guy but moved the iPad Mini to the left windshield." As EFB functionality has evolved with the inclusion of ADS-B traffic and weather I'd bet most of us are spending a little bit too much time with our eyes on the application instead of out of the window when flying VFR. It's tempting ... with the iPad mounted on the window it's just part of the normal horizon scan and keeps you heads up instead of looking down at the yoke.

'64 C172E
Durham, NC (8NC8)


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