Why the 2017 iPad is a good value for pilots

2017 iPad

Apple’s lineup of tablets has grown tremendously over the past five years, and in the process, things have become complicated. What began as a single iPad model with a roughly 10″ screen has expanded to three main options: 7″ iPad Mini, 10.5″ iPad Pro, and 12.9″ iPad Pro. Each of these has its place (you can read our recommendation here), but lost in the mix is the confusingly-named “iPad.” We think it’s a great value.

2017 iPad
The 2017 iPad looks just like an iPad Air.

If you’re looking for the latest and greatest, there’s no doubt that the 10.5″ iPad Pro is hard to beat. It’s super fast, has the best screen ever for an iPad, and is available in a number of configurations. Unfortunately, you can easily spend over $850 for one of these tablets, which takes it well beyond the budget of some pilots. It’s also not compatible with many existing mounts and kneeboards, so you can add another $100 on to the initial acquisition cost for new accessories.

That’s where the forgotten iPad model comes in. Apple chose to call it simply that – iPad – which makes it almost impossible to distinguish from earlier models. We like to call it the 2017 iPad to make it clear. What it lacks in performance and sizzle, it makes up for in value. Starting at just $329, it’s a very budget-friendly option that doesn’t compromise much in specs. It still features a bright Retina display and an A9 chip, for example. It’s also available with LTE as an option.


  • Starts at just $329 for a brand new tablet
  • Retina display is sharp and easy to read
  • Includes gyro, barometer, and accelerometer
  • Same 10-hour battery life as other iPads
  • Compatible with iPad Air 1 cases and mounts


  • Lacks the anti-reflective screen coating of the Pro models
  • Camera doesn’t match higher end specs
  • Does not work with Apple’s Pencil or Smart Keyboard
  • Storage maxes out at 128GB

In the end, we would choose the 128GB iPad with WiFi only. That’s plenty of storage space, and you can add a Bluetooth GPS for under $100. That means you have a new, powerful tablet with moving map GPS for just over $500. Not too bad, in our opinion.

Full details are available at Apple’s website.

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Hood River Fly-In challenged by forest fires

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Since 2007, the Hood River Fly-In has earned a smokin’ hot reputation as a premier antique aircraft fly-in. In 2017, “smokin’” turned literal as nearby forest fires enveloped the area around Ken Jernstedt Airfield (4S2) in smoke and a trio of TFRs.  In 2016, several hundred aircraft from all over descended […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comHood River Fly-In challenged by forest fires

WACO Learning Center Groundbreaking

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 4 p.m.
WACO Air Museum, 1865 South County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373
CONTACT: Nancy Royer, 937-335-9226

WACO Air Museum and Learning Center plans to mark the official start of the construction of a new Learning Center building with a groundbreaking ceremony set for Friday, September 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place in conjunction with the WACO 20th Annual Fly-In. 2017* also marks the 25th year of the establishment of the WACO Learning Center. In order to represent both the past and the future of the WACO Learning Center, Jim Beisner, the very first Learning Center Director, will lead the groundbreaking along with several students and a robot from the WACO Robotics teams. “It is only fitting that the youth and a robot be involved in this groundbreaking, since the original donation to kick off this project was given by Thom and Pat Robinson for the purpose of expanding the STEM learning activities to take place here at the museum.” Thom and Pat Robinson are known for their visionary donations in the area of education and betterment of community. “The Robinsons had observed the number of students involved in our programs and our limited space for carrying out our educational goals,” Royer stated. The 13,000 square foot building will be constructed with the one million dollar donation made by The Robinson Foundation. WACO plans to raise additional funds in order to outfit the building with appropriate labs, meeting rooms, and technology to operate the STEM programs that will transpire in the WACO Learning Center.
*For more on the WACO Fly-in see the Aviation Trail blog post of August 25 below.

Source: aviation trailWACO Learning Center Groundbreaking

ParaZero Safety System Deploys Parachute to Save Drones

The Roswell Test Flight Crew met with several companies while attending Interdrone in Las Vegas last week. In this episode, Patrick Sherman of the Roswell Flight Test Crew hears from Oren Aviram, the chief marketing officer for ParaZeo, an Israeli company building autonomous safety systems for drones that will deploy a parachute in the event […]

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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsParaZero Safety System Deploys Parachute to Save Drones

Chinese Firm Sets Drone Fight Time Record

Last Saturday a Chinese drone supplier claims to have set the world record for longest flight time for a drone. Foxtechhobby posted to their Facebook page that, “We JUST did it!!!!!! Broke the Flight Time Record!!!!!” What they did was fly a Foxtech GAIA 160-Hybrid from a boat in Changdao to the Dalian coast, a […]

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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsChinese Firm Sets Drone Fight Time Record