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Tips and ideas on Using your ChartCase based EFB in the Cockpit

Many customers use their computers in the cockpit. Here are some tips from other users on how they made the transition to use their laptop or tablet computer running ChartCase software.

Ronald S. Has a Remote Screen running in his Cirrus powered by a Motion Computing LE 1700.

Ross N. Runs a Fujitsu P1620 in an Astra with Bluetooth Weather & GPS. The Fujitsu is usually mounted on a kneeboard device but the yoke mounted option also works very well and does not interfere with yoke buttons.

From Mark L.
Mark details the entire installation of a laptop into his highly modified homebuilt KR2S. Mark is using ChartCase Pro with a WxWorx receiver and running on a Sony laptop.
http://home.hiwaay.net/~langford/xm

From Anonymous:
Just pictures; no comments received

From John M.
I use a RAM yoke mount. I would recommend that folks play around with the mount a bit, to make sure you get it in a good spot, since the most obvious approach to mounting it puts the LS800 up pretty high, which may block the view of the panel. You'd want it as high as you can get it, since it would be easier to integrate into your scan. Right-handed folks might also consider a "stalk" mount to hold it to your right side kind of between the seats, but in such a way as to not interfere with access to the controls. I'm not certain a lefty (like me) would find it helpful to do that, and a left side mount would mean using the tablet at kind of an awkward angle. Of course, you could always get checked out to fly right seat!

I've looked into using the LS800 on a kneeboard, and am searching for a kneeboard that will allow me to use it oriented portrait fashion, which is great for approach plates, but also move it to a landscape mode, for regular navigation. However, the LS800 tends to get quite warm, so one might look for an arrangement that addresses the above, but allows air to flow "behind" the tablet, meaning you'd have to have space behind it, between the tablet and your leg. I'm still looking. Sigh!

Finally, before you fly with it, make sure you have the mechanics of dealing with a tablet in flight worked out. Tether your stylus. Turn off the screen savers and power mgmt (run the thing off the power adapter). Make sure you have the right symbology displayed. It's kind of scary when you find you almost bust someone's airspace because it wasn't displayed. And PRACTICE!!! Make sure you can get to what you want with the stylus quickly. If you can't do it efficiently and safely, don't use the thing when flying alone. Use it with someone handling the technology while you fly the plane (which is Job #1 in the first place).


From George A.
George uses a Compaq/ HP TC1100 and a self-built folding clipboard device. Leave it to George to allow a few pictures to say many words;

From Harry A.
I've attached a photo of the Motion tablet mount I came up with for my Piper Archer II. I had the aluminum post custom-fabricated from 1" square tubing and a round 1/4" plate welded on top and drilled to mate with standard ball fixtures available from many places. Once you have the ball, you can use a variety of rotating arms to mount a plate for the tablet. I use Velcro on the plate which lines up with Velcro on the tablet cover. The aluminum tube is attached to the round tubing of the co-pilot's seat using a U-bolt (you need to a punch a small hole through the webbing in the seat to get the U-bolt around the tubing). I added an aluminum strap that attaches to the post and a rear metal piece on the seat to give the post a little more forward-aft stability. As shown, it is very solid. My mechanic didn't have any 337 issues with this arrangement during my last annual.

There are two minor drawbacks: With the tablet positioned to be easily viewed and used, you have to reach around to get to the flap handle. This is not too big a deal since normally when I get to the point of putting in flaps, I am done navigating so I just rotate the tablet out of the way. The second drawback is that it moves forward and back with the co-pilot's seat, but the adjustment range on the rotating arm can account for this once the seat is set. I used this arrangement on a cross-country flight to the Cayman Islands and back last year and it worked pretty well. You can position the tablet perfectly for viewing and using the pen.

From Jim L.
Jim flies a Centurion with the RAM Mount seat rail base and an upright post under his Motion Computing tablet.

From John Bouyea
Simple is as simple does. I found nothing quite like a few pieces of Velcro fabric and a retired military-style knee board to hold my Motion Computing M1400 in the cockpit of my Cardinal. Anybody who has seen my demo at the Fly-ins knows these 4 squares will hold the tablet securely while inverted longer than I can fly that way!

From Sam W.
To Whom it May Concern:
I love - no, ADORE! - my Flight Prep EFB running my Motion Computing LS800. It was perfect; almost.
Except I couldn't mount it on my Cessna 421C Yoke in a comfortable position. I investigated options, and ordered RAM's Yoke clamp (RAM-B-121) with the LS800 cradle (RAM-HOL-MOT3). The problem was that the clamp base fit in the middle of the cradle, and when I mounted it on the yoke, the LS800 was either WAY too high or WAY too low. Look at these pictures. The picture is as though from the side, and the book represents the side cut of a yoke. One means the EFB is too high, and one too low.

Here is a picture of the various components (except for the component that is a clamp and clamps to the bar behind the yoke).

When the yellow base is installed, the ball and the arm extend from the back of the cradle, but just below the middle back. The yellow base didn't work, so I purchase the 'blue' base (it is not blue, but only circled in blue). The blue base screws into the cradle in the same spot, but the ball is offset. You can either offset it so it is high (my choice, and what is shown in the photo) or low (now shown).

The BASE in yellow has the ball that screws into the MIDDLE of the cradle, and it has a three inch arm.