Tablets to Carry Your Electronic Flight Bag

Your choice of tablet depends on your preferred EFB app

The avionics and situational awareness technology now available through the use of electronic flight bags (EFBs) brings glass cockpit performance to any airplane with the use of today’s mobile tablets. However, not all tablets run all popular apps, so the tablet you choose is driven by the EFB app you want to use.

The Gold Standard if Foreflight is Your EFB App

Apple iPad
If you accept no substitute for Foreflight’s Mobile EFB, the 10.5-inch iPad Air with retina display is a great choice.Amazon

Foreflight’s Mobile EFB leads the industry and is the first and only choice for many pilots. However, the popular program only runs on Apple’s iOS, so the iPad Air 10.5-inch tablet with 256GB of storage is a great choice to run the platform and also store the charts, flight plans and documents you need. With 10 hours of battery life, this industry-leading tablet will last through even the longest GA flights.

Affordable Option for Garmin Pilot and Other EFBs

Samsung’s Tab A 10.1 tablet
If you do not need to use Foreflight, save money on your tablet purchase with Samsung’s Tab A 10.1.Amazon

While the Android operating system that powers Samsung’s Tab A 10.1 tablet will not run Foreflight, even the model with 128GB of storage is priced at less than half of the iPad Air 10.5-inch tablet and will be a wise choice if Garmin Pilot or other Android-based EFBs are your choice. The use of a Micro SD card for storage expansion gives users 512GB of room for charts, documents, and of course, photos and videos of your favorite destinations!

Budget Tablet With Compatibility to Many EFB Apps

Fire HD 10 tablet
If keeping costs down is a major consideration for your EFB choice, the Fire HD 10 may provide adequate functionality for those not wishing to use Foreflight or Garmin Pilot.Amazon

There are a number of EFB apps that will run on the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet, including Hilton Software’s WingX and others. If entry price is a big consideration for adding a tablet-based EFB to your cockpit, the Fire HD 10 may suit your needs, however it needs an additional external bluetooth GPS to offer moving maps and geo-referenced charts.