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Msg ID: 2670212 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +0/-0     
Author:Just curious
11/21/2020 11:26:06 AM

Hey folks,

I'm curious to see the consensus among our community of rotorheads which conventional (non-ipad or device centric) kneeboard is the best. I have started to more compact kneeboards available in recent years.

I use an older ASA IFR kneeboard which at times is cumbersome yet it is useful for stowing approach plates as they tuck away into one of the side folds versus having open pages flapping around on the side.


Thanks for your feedback.



Msg ID: 2670218 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +8/-0     
Author:Get an iPad and Foreflight
11/21/2020 11:56:03 AM

Reply to: 2670212

skip the knee board. Plates superimpose right on the chart, Jepp or FAA. WX and anything else you can possibly think of is in Foreflight. Worth every penny. 

Msg ID: 2670275 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +1/-4     
11/21/2020 11:02:14 PM

Reply to: 2670218

Home based PPDG for the Bunny Ranch. Q? is? Do you have time? How fast do you fly? Low? Slow? Precise? Get in get out? Are you a Client. Long story short. Stay clean, look up and down the canyon. Hitting a canyon can get you in trouble. Last but not least, Always know your way home. A good landing is one you walk away from,a great landing you can fly the same aircraft tomorrow.

Msg ID: 2670219 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +1/-1     
11/21/2020 12:12:28 PM

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Flyboys F-16 viper kneeboard

Msg ID: 2670226 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +4/-0     
11/21/2020 2:28:20 PM

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Non-iPad: Flyboys Classic Kneeboard

iPad: The Hangar W4

Msg ID: 2670227 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots (NT) +0/-1     
Author:you mean knee pads!!! HA
11/21/2020 2:45:55 PM

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Msg ID: 2670232 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +2/-1     
Author:Kinda doubt
11/21/2020 3:16:47 PM

Reply to: 2670212

you'll ever find a knee board that functions in all fashions you desire and need.  I gave up after 30 years of fiddling with the things getting annoyingly in the way of the collective or cyclic, however slight, and went to having the information I anticipated be at hand within comfortable reach.  

Whatever served that purpose for the type helicopter being flown worked for me another 21 years. 

It may indeed be a knee board but not one attached to your leg.  

Good luck.

Msg ID: 2670244 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +3/-1     
Author:I agree.
11/21/2020 5:23:34 PM

Reply to: 2670232

There isn't a knee board made that works in a helicopter. 

Msg ID: 2671036 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +1/-1     
11/28/2020 2:52:53 PM

Reply to: 2670244

something military aviators get used to and perpetuate in the civil environment, which is ok, especially if it functions with respect to military ops, but the real solution in the civil environment to having information at hand and the ability to write a note or two isn't something that gets in the way, which to me, did.  

After doing away with the use of them I found no problem with a little clip board with the same information tuck away far from  the cyclic and collective.

Msg ID: 2670256 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +0/-0     
11/21/2020 7:47:33 PM

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Try to travel and work light. Less overhead. Sometimes you do need a kneeboard for something to write on, fill out forms, etc. Get one of the basic models from Sporty's or wherever that is just a slab of aluminum, a strap and a clip at the top. Carry a few rubber bands to slip around the approach plate book and keep the pages from flapping in the cockpit breezes. If you want to go even lighter for holding enroute charts, fold it like you want and clip the chart to your trouser leg with a medium size alligator clip. Some people make a deal about clipping the iPad, if you use one, to your leg. It's easier and just as quick to use if you just sit it on the console and look at it as needed during the approach. Anyway less is more and lighter is better and also cheaper and easier to keep up with. You see a guy walking to the aircraft with a big bag o' gear, gadgets & gizmos...he prob'ly ain't been in the game too long. The old pros usually walk out with a Timex watch, a pencil and a flashlight and have to borrow batteries...but they fly around the world and get the job done.

Msg ID: 2670259 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +1/-0     
Author:Yeah, the old pros
11/21/2020 8:03:48 PM

Reply to: 2670256

flying their helicopters around the world, gittin' 'er dun with a pencil and a flashlight that doesn't work. lol

Msg ID: 2670261 i can see why you would laugh at that +0/-0     
11/21/2020 8:09:15 PM

Reply to: 2670259

it's obviously a brand new concept to you

Msg ID: 2670262 i can see why you would laugh at that +0/-0     
Author:Well I'm glad to hear that
11/21/2020 8:29:42 PM

Reply to: 2670261

at least you know how ridiculous you sound. I didn't realize being unprepared for a flight was considered a "concept". Where do you keep your whiz wheel?

Msg ID: 2670263 i can see why you would laugh at that +0/-0     
Author:Let me guess...
11/21/2020 9:39:00 PM

Reply to: 2670262

you're the guy that flys the air lanes and has the Birkenstock wearing, pony tailed professors telling him how to do stuff at the helicopter company. How's that going?

Msg ID: 2670267 i can see why you would laugh at that +0/-0     
Author:"clip the chart to your trouser
11/21/2020 10:21:57 PM

Reply to: 2670263

leg with a medium size alligator clip." 

I would just freaking LOVE to see this guy in action. lol

Msg ID: 2670268 i can see why you would laugh at that +0/-0     
Author:Used a
11/21/2020 10:26:17 PM

Reply to: 2670267

Leg-acy Chart Holder or it's also known as the 3rd Hand Chart Holder.

Msg ID: 2670274 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +0/-1
11/21/2020 10:56:37 PM

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iPad mini and Thr AppStrap Is all you need. Now Apple Pencil compatible to write clearances. Done..

Msg ID: 2670276 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +2/-1     
Author:old pro...
11/22/2020 12:08:27 AM

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Back in the days a grease pencil worked great, just write on the door window. Rub it off when you're done. Any Viet Nam pilot will tell you it was an essential. Only drawback was night flying. 

Msg ID: 2670295 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +0/-1     
Author:That must have been before
11/22/2020 8:49:34 AM

Reply to: 2670276

they invented ink and paper.

Msg ID: 2670288 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +3/-0     
Author:Leg Iron
11/22/2020 7:40:58 AM

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I have used a compact size tri-fold kneeboard for 20+ yrs flying helos. Even though we now have the iPads for all of our instrument plates I've found that I still need the need board for writing down times and any other info that is passed and needed. It's a lot easier than trying to use the scratch pad feature in the iPad. I keep it on my right leg and when I'm done writing I simply slide it to he right side of my leg and its out of the way for controlling the cyclic. 

Msg ID: 2670323 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +0/-1     
Author:Well, there you go.
11/22/2020 1:24:10 PM

Reply to: 2670288

You don't need a knee board. You just need a grease pencil, some alligator clips and a flashlight that doesn't work.

Msg ID: 2670443 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots +0/-0     
11/23/2020 10:20:52 AM

Reply to: 2670288

Exactly.  Pull the foam non-slip strips off the back of a milspec kneeboard and wear it on your right leg.  When you aren't actively writing on it or referencing it, rotate it around your leg 90 degrees to the right and it is completely out of the way of the cyclic (this obviously doesn't work well for doors off).  I have been flying this way for almost 40 years.  Even though I fly SPIFR with iPads running Foreflight I still find it easier to write stuff down the "old fashioned way" plus I have info on my kneeboard that I use that is much easier to get to there than any other other way.

Msg ID: 2670353 Best kneeboard for helicopter pilots (NT) +0/-0     
Author:wax pencil
11/22/2020 5:09:42 PM

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Msg ID: 2670651 My opinion only +0/-0     
11/25/2020 12:07:18 AM

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Customizable kneeboards.  I think mine is their MKIII. Sean Magargle makes quality stuff and stands behind it.  I lost some grips from the clipboard and he sent me a whole set.

Plenty of choices in color, features, most things are reverseable (I think most pilots wear it on their right kneee but I'm left handed and tried wearing on my left kneee for awhile)

Msg ID: 2670672 My opinion only +2/-0     
Author:No that is something that
11/25/2020 9:05:03 AM

Reply to: 2670651

looks useful and cool but once you had some time and experience, you would put it in the closet. Never to be used again.