iPad in DA40

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Re: iPad in DA40

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Rich wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:33 pm
Steve wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:23 pm
Rich:

That is an interesting mounting assembly. On my airplane, the seat upholstery attaches to a velcro strip along the bottom edge of the seat, which the 4 attachment bolts penetrate. With your square tubing in that location, how do you attach the upholstery?

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Ah, I forgot that detail. Because it interfered substantially with seat removal, years ago I cut the upholstery along that front lower edge of both seats. The forward part of the seat pads are no longer attached in front. The just lay over the front of the seat pans. There's plenty of velcro elsewhere to hold the pads firmly in place.
To elaborate further, the way the pads were installed on my plane, the leather went over those bolts then back behind the seat pan flange and were glued in place there, with those bolts going through them. Removing the seat required pulling the pads up and somewhat forward to get access to the bolts, but the pads would not clear the stick. So you had to fight that front flap the whole time you were removing the bolts. Reinstalling was particularly obnoxious, trying to align the invisible bolts to the invisible riv-nuts. Around my third or fourth annual I'd had enough and took a box-cutter to the leather.
2002 DA40: MT, PF, 530W/430W, KAP140, ext. baggage, 1090 ES out, 2646 MTOW, 40gal., Surefly, Flightstream 210.
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Re: iPad in DA40

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I also altered the iPad RAM cradle to be more suited to the Apple Pencil:
iPad with Apple Pencil.jpg
2002 DA40: MT, PF, 530W/430W, KAP140, ext. baggage, 1090 ES out, 2646 MTOW, 40gal., Surefly, Flightstream 210.
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Re: iPad in DA40

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Rich wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:37 pm
yl472401 wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:20 am
Rich wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:50 pm
Cleaned up a bit more. Got the arm moved more toward the console and now have routed the power wire for the iPad within the arm cover:

N40XE RAM Ball Bracket.small.jpgN40XE iPad Mount.small.jpg
Rich
From this picture, it seems more like a plate that got secured to the seat anchor bolt instead of a ball head that acts as a bolt that replaces the original tightening bolt. Can you give a link to the exact product you use at the base of the flexible rod?
Thanks!
Here is what I came to create. Two holes to match the spacing and size of those seat bolts and concentric larger holes to allow use of a socket to install/remove it. That blue wormy thing is used to hold my (now diminutive) flight bag in a convenient location for in-flight access.

iPad Mounting Bracket.jpg

This shows the clearance between the mount and the stick, which is easily adjusted on the "fly" :D I ground off one of the extra mounting supports of the Ram mount to give me more leeway in adjusting the mount while maintaining clearance.

iPad Mount Clearance.jpg


Thanks for the detailed pictures. Strong work, Mate!!
Now, I have a brief idea on what I'm gonna do ! :D
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Re: iPad in DA40

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I was doing some approaches yesterday (VFR/foggles with safety pilot) and the usefulness of where the iPad now is located was readily apparent - even better than when the prior mini-on-the-stick setup. While manipulating FF to get the next chart loaded and switching the 530W for a different approach (which then auto-loaded into FF and crossfilled to the 430W) the six-pack (really an 8-pack) remained in peripheral vision the entire time. This makes it downright easy to be precise in hand-flying, especially in contrast to the old days of the charts on the lap (and various other locations) being part of the real-time task list.
2002 DA40: MT, PF, 530W/430W, KAP140, ext. baggage, 1090 ES out, 2646 MTOW, 40gal., Surefly, Flightstream 210.
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