Flight Gear HP iPad Kneeboard

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New, improved design

We are constantly looking for ways to improve our existing products. Customer feedback, real world test trials, and improvements in technology have led to this new and improved design. This kneeboard hold the iPad right where you need it. An integrated kickstand helps reduce glare while a simple rotation mechanism allows portrait or landscape viewing. The side flap is covered with soft velvet material for attaching any of Sporty’s Flight Gear HP Gear Mods.

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New, improved design

We are constantly looking for ways to improve our existing products. Customer feedback, real world test trials, and improvements in technology have led to this new and improved design. This kneeboard hold the iPad right where you need it. An integrated kickstand helps reduce glare while a simple rotation mechanism allows portrait or landscape viewing. The side flap is covered with soft velvet material for attaching any of Sporty’s Flight Gear HP Gear Mods.

Features:

  • Four elastic bands lock the iPad kneeboard into place
  • Removable board permits both vertical and horizontal mounting options
  • Contoured back and elastic strap securely hold the kneeboard on your leg
  • External chart pocket and ID holder
  • Two internal, low-profile side pockets
  • Zippered pocket with protective flap to protect iPad screen
  • Pen/stylus holder
  • Accepts Gear Mods
Choose from two models: iPad Mini (fits versions 1-4), or full size iPad (Air 1-2, Pro 9.7", iPad 2017; and Pro 10.5" ).

John Zimmerman

Vice President, Catalog Division—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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The iPad Bifold HP Kneeboard is my favorite way to organize the iPad while flying. It's never in the way and it helps keep a few extras nearby like pens and charging cables. I also love how versatile it is. I can use it as a lap desk, let the side hang down my leg or fold it under to be the most compact. It also easily fits in my flight bag.
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Would You Recommend?
Yes (40)
No (8)
Durability
5 / 5
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Would You Recommend?
Yes
A bit bulky, but not terrible.
June 17, 2018
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great Product and Good Price
This iPad Mini kneeboard was just what I was looking for. Compact, durable, and able to be used for Portrait or Landscape viewing. Also allows tilting up of the iPad for visibility.

Does not have a clipboard for a pad of paper or notes, however, that can be remedied by tucking a pad in a pocket
April 24, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
No comments
April 19, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Easily Modified Into a High End Kneeboard
I really wanted a case where I could have access to a paper pad and the iPad, but I didn't want to spend $125 for it. I settled for this one, and with one medium size alligator clip was able to modify the kneeboard to beautifully accomplish my goal.

In order to do it, you need a folding iPad case with a lid. Rather than securing the ipad directly to the kneeboard, secure the lid to the kneeboard so the iPad is free to move. It works wonderfully.
By using an alligator clip and a iPad case with a lid, you can provide access to a paper pad. Slick!
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April 6, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
2 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Modifications needed to make it more practical for iPad 10.5
Generally this kneeboard is very comfortable and pretty durable for the iPad in flight, but there is a major issue regarding the mounting of the iPad 10.5 in the unit using the elastic corner retainers. As the 10.5 has less of a bezel than the Mini or 9.7 and the screen fills more of the space on the iPad corner to corner, the elastic retainers on the kneeboard mount block app controls in the corners of the screen, which is an issue when using many aviation apps like ForeFlight. Additionally, there is no clipboard area to retain papers or notes when you’re not using the iPad. I am going to make a new iPad retainer for the kneeboard to Velcro in place using another case that won’t restrict the corners and provides a more rigid shell. Using the flap that covers the zippered compartment on the right, I am going to craft a clipboard overlay that I can flip over and place on top of the iPad when needed. Once I do this I may forward photos to the product design team at Sportys to see if any of these additions might be worth adapting in a later design.

I recommend it for earlier models of iPad and on durability for the cost, but not quite yet for the iPad 10.5
App functions in corners blocked by elastic on 10.5 iPad
App functions in corners blocked by elastic on 10.5 iPad
March 13, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Durability
2 / 5
Reliability
2 / 5
Performance
2 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
2 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Too Bulky for a center Yoke
I had hoped that this would be the way I would fly with my ipad on my knee. This kneeboard looks so promising. But alas, it fell short. The ipad sits very high on your knee because of all the pieces that are under the board with the straps that are designed to let you give it a bit of an angle on your knee. If you don't want the cover hanging off the side, you can fold it under as well but that just adds to the height. On top of that, the elastic that holds the ipad in place is not the best and gets in the way of the sleep button which I sometimes use on longer cross-countries.

I can look past the elastic issue but the bulk is just ridiculous. If I were flying a Cirrus with the side stick or even a plane with a center stick, this would probably not be an issue. However, I fly Pipers and Cessnas with center yokes and I've banged the ipad with the yoke on final in windy days way too many times. The only way I could prevent this kneeboard from getting in the way of my landings was to slide it around my leg 90 degrees so its on the side of my leg or just take it off at the first GUMPS check.
March 6, 2018
Durability
2 / 5
Reliability
2 / 5
Performance
2 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
hi. reviews & catalogue pix look good and the thing is pretty, but flimsy. i bought it for a 10.5 ipad. the separate slab that holds the ipad is connected by a very small piece of velcro to the part that goes around the leg. it wobbles. it's floppy. the tilt factor, although the idea is good, does not do the job because it is wobbly and floppy, and actually does not tilt toward the pilot enough. the pockets on the flap are so flat that nothing much but paper could fit in them. they are just extra baggage imho. i returned it, although i was sorry that it did not do what i expected.
March 5, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Not a good option for iPad Pro
When using this with an iPad Pro 10" the elastic bands cover part of the screen and you can't get to some of the buttons in Garmin Pilot. I don't use Foreflight so don't know if it is in issue with Foreflight too.
March 5, 2018
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Works Great
Really great accessory for my IPad mini. I really like the the tilt feature, taking the glare off the screen. I also like that you can fold the flap under, out of the way. Improvement would be to allow the flap on the left making a small lap desk and still have the tilt function work. Overall a great product and great value.
February 27, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Too bulky and not safe for the IPad
This was way too bulky.
I tried it in a Cessna 172, I could not move the yoke left to right. I tried it in a plane with a stick and it was also too bulky.
In both cases I could not use my IPad. Also it says that you could tilt the IIPad , however there is not a lot of velcro to support. My IPad almost dropped twice, as the velcro attaching is not very large. Very disappointed.
February 19, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
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What size iPad with this accommodate?
A shopper on Oct 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are two options - one for the iPad Mini size (1-4), and one for iPad Air 1-2/iPad Pro 9.7".
Will this secure the iPad during aerobatics? I'm looking for a sturdy iPad kneeboard that isn't bulky, will hold things in place during aerobatics, and won't pop off when my g-suit inflates.
A shopper on Dec 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have this knee-board and I love it! But ... I would not trust it in aerobatics. The Velcro just holds the bottom of the iPad in place to keep it from sliding around during normal operations. After having this for a week, I am certain your iPad would fly right off in high G situations.
Will this case hold the IPad Pro 10.5"? There are two similar questions that appear to conflict.
A shopper on Aug 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will hold the 10.5 iPad.
Is it possible to rotate this to wear on the left leg?
A shopper on Jan 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is possible to rotate this to use on the left leg.
Will this product work with a Samsung tablet of the same size as the mini?
RE/MAX E on Dec 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will fit the Samsung Tablet. The clips that hold the edges of the tablet are able to expand.
I know it states what iPads it holds, but can it also fit older model iPads?
Casey Pederson on Nov 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The biggest factor is the screen size. I just got my new knee-board a few days ago and love it. It has elastic straps that hold the iPad in place. So it is not like some hard case mounts that are ultra specific.

My iPad is a 9.7" screen, but is 11" exactly from corner to corner. If your iPad (or other tablet, for that matter) measures around that, you should be good to go with this knee-board. OH! And it is comfortable, too! My only wish is that they had another Velcro strap at the top, too, for extra hold when i have the knee-board flat, as in my aircraft I actually prefer NOT to prop it up.

Hope that helps.
I see questions about the straps blocking the corners of the iPad. Is it possible to cut a slight notch and still keep the iPad secure to the knee board?
A shopper on Mar 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend cutting any material out of the elastic strap because it may weaken the
tension strength or possibly cause it to become unraveled. If the strap obstructs viewing presentation that is in the corner of the ipad or tablet, you may want to try wrapping thread , string, or a narrow piece of tape around the elastic to make the strap more narrow. That would still preserve the strength of strap and possibly improve the view. Good luck.
Bob
Will it hold the iPad Pro 10.5" ?
JoeyG on Aug 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This WILL fit the pro 10.5”. This will not fit the 12” pro.
Will it work with the Apple Smart case?
Chris C on Dec 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The elastic straps that secure the iPad to the kneeboard have enough elasticity to stretch over the iPad while in a smart case. However, doing this will add bulk to an already less than slim case.
How come the availability says “in-stock” on the product description page, but when I add it to my cart, it says it’s out of stock? Is this product actually available?
Theodious M on May 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This product is currently out of stock. We expect to ship on June 15th.
Is it can use for ipad 9.7 2018?
A shopper on May 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there is an option for the 9.7 iPad.
Hi! I'd like to know what difference between this one and Flight Gear HP iPad Kneeboard ? Thank you
A shopper on May 13, 2018
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Flight Gear HP iPad Kneeboard
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BEST ANSWER: The Ipad kneeboard allows for the iPad to be shown in both portrait and landscape mode.
Good morning. Do you sell your products to Spain?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes we ship worldwide.
Will an iPad Mini, mounted in a Pivot protective case, fit in the corner elastic straps?
John W on Aug 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It should fit. If it does not you can return the kneeboard.
It will not fit to 10.5 iPad pro?
Paorab on Aug 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will fit the 10.5.
Does this come with the pouch included in picture 2/16 to hold a charger?
S A on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The pouch is an available option.
Can you put your license in the front?
Elizardo M on Mar 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It does not have a place to put the your license in the front.
Is there a Clipboard clip on top of front top of outside cover for holding paper?
Uffda on Feb 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is not a clip on the top to hold papers.
Does this have leg straps or does it simply sit on your leg?
Karen B on Feb 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The knee board has leg straps that attach around your leg with velco.
my I-pad is 5.25 x 8. will this fit???
Don C on Jan 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Probably. My i pad is the larger one. I believe they make a smaller version for your iPad
Does this kneeboard have a tilt function so you can elevate screen for a better view?
A shopper on Jan 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does. It tilts and rotates.
Does it rotate from portrait to landscape, or is it Velcro?
A shopper on Dec 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is velcro, so you can switch from one to the other quickly.
What are the measurements of the knee board?
A shopper on Dec 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Mini is 7"w x 9.5"h; the Air/Pro model is 8.5"w x 11"h.
Will it fit an iPad it's an otter box on it?
A shopper on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, an Otterbox is going to be just a little too thick.
I am a helicopter pilot and want to use this on the left leg as I rest my right arm for the cyclic. Can I simply flip it "upside down" so I can use it on my left leg?
Garrett D on Oct 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can - works very well in that position.
Will this work with a UAG case? The thickness of it says 0.6 in.
Ryan C on May 23, 2018
Which option /size would work for a Samsung - Galaxy Tab E - 9.6"?
RE/MAX E on Dec 20, 2016
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