Size does matter...

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FastEddieB
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Size does matter...

Postby FastEddieB » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:32 am

...but so does viewing distance.

I recently have made about a dozen flights using just my iPhone 6+ as an EFB, instead of my iPad Mini.

What has made it more practical is mounting it on a longer RAM arm, putting it much closer to my face:

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At that distance, it’s not hard to zoom in on details when needed, or out to get the big picture. I still keep the Mini handy, and on a long cross country to unfamiliar territory I might still use it instead. But the iphone is quite usable as a navigator in its own right.
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Re: Size does matter...

Postby Wm.Ince » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:16 am

Good report.
The 6+ is my 3rd nav backup. Even without GPS, the charting capability is awesome on these devices.
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Re: Size does matter...

Postby Jim Hardin » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:03 am

I haven't tried it mounted. Keep mine in my shirt pocket and pull it out from time to time to see if I'm still in the same state :D

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Re: Size does matter...

Postby TimTaylor » Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:25 pm

The main problem might be trying to tap on the desired screen location. Why not use your iPad?
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Re: Size does matter...

Postby FastEddieB » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:31 am

TimTaylor wrote:The main problem might be trying to tap on the desired screen location.


I usually hook my fingers around the back of the case, and tap with my thumb. It works.

Why not use your iPad?


As I said, I probably will for longer flights. It’s close to an ideal size, but it’s still a bit cumbersome in the Sky Arrow cockpit:

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My left hand feels a bit trapped by it, and I have to reach around it to get to the flaps. It would work in my lap, but I don’t like having to look down that much - I prefer it closer to eye level where I might spot traffic with my peripheral vision. Not a deal breaker, but my point was more about how adequate just the iPhone is in its own right.
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Re: Size does matter...

Postby TimTaylor » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:48 am

I agree, the iPhone is very adaquate. The iPad Mini is even more so. I can see, in your case, the iPad might get in the way at times.
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Re: Size does matter...

Postby Jim Hardin » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:48 am

Makes you wonder what we did when paper charts were all we had :shock:

The iPhone does everything I need in flight for navigation. I even put up a little HSI on it to further simplify readout. I use the iFly program and their 720 stays at home most of the time these days. I also do my detail planning on my PC version so that in flight I only need to know if I am on course and how long to WP and Destination. I've been trying to convince them to put those items an Apple watch so I can leave the phone alone and just get what I need from the watch.


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