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Old 08-31-2013, 12:52 PM
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Default In Search of Small Kneeboard

Since my panel is full EFIS with approach plates, I no longer need to fly with my iPad Mini powered on and strapped to my leg for IFR charts. But, I do need to write clearances and frequencies down as needed. So I am looking for a small form factor kneeboard that's just big enough to hold a small pad of paper and will fit in the RV. Most of the paper kneeboards are multi-fold or overkill for what I need.

Has anyone found a good, small, lightweight kneeboard for paper?
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:02 PM
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Default Try this one

From Sporty's

Or this one from ASA
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:40 PM
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Probably the smallest and most compact is the 9G. Popular amongst military. 9G Plus is same but with added strap. I have both.

http://www.mypilotstore.com/MyPilotS...FeRj7AodGjkAgw

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...es/9g_plus.php

Prices seem to vary between $35 and $45.
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:48 PM
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I have a very nice simple kneeboard - it hold a standard 5x7 pad and has a couple of places to put pens/pencils. It's cordora type fabric and works great in the RV. Only problem is I don't remember the brand name off-hand. I'll check when I'm at my hanger.

Post #3 wasn't there when I was typing my reply - but that's the one that I have.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:33 PM
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http://www.zuluworks.com/prod/zulubo...oards_main.htm
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:39 PM
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Default Piccolo

Mark,

Don't know if they are available in the US but the Piccolo kneeboards are very good. Just 4.3" wide by 7.3" high. I have one and like it a lot. I print my own blank plogs from an excel template of my own design. I get 6 blanks (3 across by 2 rows) per A4 page. Print double-sided so get 12 flight plogs per sheet of A4 paper.




Not that common here in Europe but found this German website that sells them. Dirt cheap.

http://skyfox.de/Pilot-Supplies/Knee...ard-PILOT.html

Steve
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:43 PM
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Default You're a builder, right?

Make your own. I bought an inexpensive plain vanilla aluminum clipboard at Whatever Office Supply, cut it down to 7.125 x 4.125, then pop riveted on a wide velcro strap. Used it for many XC sailplane flights, placed in service in 1981. The photo was taken a few minutes ago. Never got around to removing the "slasher" pencil holder. Never got slashed enough I guess.

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Old 08-31-2013, 06:31 PM
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Default The hangar

Outside the gate of FT Rucker is a place called The Hangar.

http://thehangar.com/catalog/index.php

A lot of Army pilots have shopped there and they have small kneeboards. Not a lot of room in some helicopters. Check out the W4 model.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:29 PM
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From Sporty's

Or this one from ASA
+1 for this one. Use it in my -10 and it is Goldilocks; not too big, not too small. Only negative is that the velcro on the leg strap did not last long. Had to replace it.

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Old 08-31-2013, 09:10 PM
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Probably the smallest and most compact is the 9G. Popular amongst military. 9G Plus is same but with added strap. I have both.

http://www.mypilotstore.com/MyPilotS...FeRj7AodGjkAgw

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...es/9g_plus.php

Prices seem to vary between $35 and $45.
+1 on this. It was my third kneeboard, trying to find the right one. Compact... does what I need without all the extraneous bunk that makes for good marketing but is useless in real life. No interference with the stick and no bi-fold / tri-fold cumbersome form factor. I don't know about you, but I have three GPS' in the cockpit and can't remember the last time I used a whiz wheel. Why would I want a kneeboard to hold one?

Minor downside... It doesn't hold a flashlight tightly. It will fall out moving it around (fine in flight when strapped to your thigh, just a problem moving in and out of the cockpit).
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