January 2019 Issue

EFB Dependence

What the typical electronic flight bag platform lacks in reliability is made up in utility. But this stuff does fail and can leave you without some important tools.

There I was, all strapped in with the engine running, sitting on the ramp at Class B International. Id flown in a few minutes earlier for a stop, drop and hop, and my passenger was well on his way to the airline terminal for his human mailing tube home. I was looking forward to getting back to my own home after a couple of days on the road. With the big, front-mounted fan cooling me off, I hit the home button on my yoke-mounted iPad mini 2 to pull up its ForeFlight installation and look up the ATIS. I was greeted by a BSD (black screen of death): My iPad had overheated, sitting in its mount on a warm September afternoon. Oh joy.

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