Best iPad Mini Mount for DA 20?

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Best iPad Mini Mount for DA 20?

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I recently purchased an iPad Mini. What's the best mount system and setup for use in a DA 20? Thanks!
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Re: Best iPad Mini Mount for DA 20?

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I use an X-Naut fan assisted cooling tray with a RAM suction mount to the canopy just ahead of the door release handle. Very high quality product and keeps my iPad cool and steady even on a sunny day in the desert southwest.

The mount is adjusted to keep the ipad vertical, out of the way of the stick, and to the left of the instruments. I make sure I can still see all instruments including airspeed.

Hope that helps!
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I should also add that I recently upgraded to the iPad Mini 6. Really great for running Foreflight and gives about 3/4" of more vertical screen height, plus it's a fast little machine. The startup speed of Foreflight on it is 2 seconds compared to about 30 seconds for my old unit. The Mini 6 in particular has one of the nicest low-reflectivity gloss screens I've seen yet.

One downside of the new Mini 6 is the polarization angle changed 90º compared to the previous models. This is only an issue if you wear polarized sunglasses (absolutely love my Drivewear transitions for flying). Where my old iPad Mini 4 was brightest in portrait mode through the sunglasses, the Mini 6 is brightest in landscape mode.

The solution is to apply a quality matte screen protector. This seems to scatter the polarization effect, and helps with point-source glare. So, problem solved in that regard. I use the amFilm Matte/Paper tempered glass with good results. It does add some thickness, though.

The protector also gives me some peace of mind as far as scratching the screen, and it reduces the effect of fingerprints. But, other than the positives, I wouldn't have it for day-to-day-use. the protector overall reflect more light than the stock glass surface giving a feeling of lower contrast during the day.
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Re: Best iPad Mini Mount for DA 20?

Post by Steve »

Geoff:

Do you see any dichroic effects through the canopy when wearing polarized sunglasses? I (as a former Navy Flight Surgeon and retired ophthalmologist) always recommended against polarized sunglasses in my aviators for this reason.

Steve
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