Kneeboards have always been an essential part of a pilot's gear in the cockpit. They not only help to organize your charters, notes, nav logs en checklists, they also make it easy to consult them in-flight. Whether you are looking for a simple kneeboard for a single checklist, want to organize your approach plates or need to mount an iPad on your lap, there are many options out there today to help you. We have listed some of the best options for any of those needs in the guide below!
If you don't use an iPad/tablet for flying or prefer mounting it on the windshield or yoke, you might only need a standard kneeboard to organize your checklists, charts and notepad.
ASA KB-1 VFR Kneeboard
This durable brushed aluminum kneeboard is a great way to organize your flight data, providing a strong surface for inflight note taking as well as quick access to important VFR information in the form of a permanent placard.
ASA KB-3 VFR Trifold Kneeboard
For the pilot who needs to carry more, this folding kneeboard provides maximum storage space, encourages cockpit organization, and serves as the pilot's desk during flight.
The kneeboard is 6-1/2" wide x 9-1/2" high.
Flyboys F-16 Viper IFR/VFR Pilot Kneeboard
A great kneeboard featuring seven eyelets for securing checklists, plastic checklist pages or your in-flight guide.
Combat tested in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom...everywhere US airpower rules the skies. Not to mention thousands of hours of daily high-g training sorties - stacked with low-level maps, lineup cards, attack cards, target photos...you get the picture... These kneeboards are so useful that you will want one for each leg!
Price: $39.95Buy now on Amazon
An iPad Mini or other small tablet offers a powerful tool with a smaller screen that fits easily on your lap without distracting you. These are some of the best options we found if you want to mount your iPad Mini on your kneeboard.
MyClipKneeboard - Simplest Tablet Kneeboard - Universal
This updated design works with all tablets and phones from 3 inches (7.5cm) to 12 inches (30cm). A great way to use your Phablet or Tablet in the cockpit without worrying about its security. Our new design allows the plastic clips to be adjusted to accommodate may different size tablets and phablets. Clips can hold a Galaxy Note in portrait mode all the way up to a full-size iPad in the landscape mode. With this kind of versatility upgrading your tablet will not require a change of kneeboard.
Price: $30.37Buy now on Amazon
Flight Outfitters iPad Mini Kneeboard (Black)
The new Flight Outfitters iPad Kneeboards take cockpit organization to a whole new level. Loaded with innovative, pilot-friendly features, these kneeboards provide a sturdy mounting bracket for an iPad Mini or Air. The bracket rotates for both portrait and landscape orientation. How about a place to take notes or hold a cell phone? The side of the kneeboard consists of a structured pocket that, when unzipped, creates a rigid platform. This platform is sized perfectly for a small 3" x 5" notepad (included) or cell phone. Lined with soft felt, this platform holds any size of iPhone. The unique design is completely reversible for use on either leg.
Price: $59.95Buy now on Amazon
DESIGN 4 PILOTS Aviation Kneeboard for iPad Mini
Quality kneeboard for iPad Mini (Generation 1-4) made from eco-friendly leather (no animal has been killed to make this item), wide velcro thigh-strap, clipboard cover, two lateral penholders (elastics), two anti-slip pads on the back to improve stability. Inside, soft microfibre fabric to protect the iPad screen, + credit card sized pocket. Lateral holding strips and velcro fastener to assure a tight fit, openings for heat dissipation.
Price: $59.90Buy now on Amazon
AppStrap Pilot Kneeboard for iPad mini
The AppStrap Mini is designed around a form-fitting gel case that has a Velcro strip on the back for attachment of the leg strap. It uses the same hand-sewn leg strap as the AppStrap iPad kits and includes 1 Tilt Pad for angled-up viewing.
Price: $38.4039.95Buy now on Amazon
MyGoFlight Folio C Universal iPad Mini Kneeboard Case
The iPad Mini Universal Kneeboard Folio C (including clipboard) is the perfect high-quality leather, rotating aviation kneeboard, lapboard and everyday case for your iPad Mini 1/2/3/4, and all other 7-8" tablets. Now you can bring any 7-8" iPad/Tablet with you into the cockpit of any airplane, train, car or truck where it can be held secure on your knee and lap. High quality, rich leather wraps the outside while soft and protective micro-fiber material lines the inside. The iPad/Tablet is held by four adjustable clips that are attached to a rotating cradle. All of the ports and controls remain accessible so the iPad/Tablet can be charged, synced and controlled when it is in its case.
Price: $154.00Buy now on Amazon
ASA iPad Mini 2/3 Kneeboard
Designed by pilots for pilots, this high-quality iPad mini kneeboard is covered with soft, leather-like material and features a wide hook and loop leg strap to hold the kneeboard in place during flight. A holding clip on the front provides a place to secure a note pad, or other paper documents you might need to reference. Inside, the kneeboard is covered with a soft microfiber to protect your iPad mini and also features a pocket for important notes and documents. Great for use both in the cockpit and out, the built-in adjustable easel folds to position the iPad mini at a convenient tilted viewing angle; alternatively, it can lay flat.
If you prefer a bigger screen, the larger iPads might be a better option for you. Here are a few options to mount your iPad Air or other larger tablets on your lap.
Flight Outfitters iPad Kneeboard
The Flight Outfitters iPad Kneeboards take cockpit organization to a whole new level. Loaded with innovative, pilot-friendly features, these kneeboards provide a sturdy mounting bracket for an iPad. Updated design uses expandable loops to securely hold the corners of the iPad to the bracket. This allows you to keep your iPad in your case instead of removing it for every flight.
ASA Ipad Air Kneeboard
Designed by pilots for pilots, our high-quality iPad Air kneeboard is made from eco-friendly leather and features a wide hook and loop leg strap to hold the kneeboard in place during flight. A holding clip on front provides a place to secure a note pad, or other paper documents you might need to reference. Inside, the kneeboard is covered with a soft microfiber to protect your iPad Air and also features a pocket for important notes and documents. Great for use both in the cockpit and out, the built-in adjustable easel folds to position the iPad Air at a convenient tilted viewing angle; alternatively, it can lay flat.
Which kneeboard do you use for organizing your charts, checklist and perhaps an iPad or other tablet? Would you recommend it to others? Let us know in the comments below!