Short Advice

Buy the 128GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro or the 128GB iPad mini 4 with Wi-Fi + Cellular.

Long Advice

Step One: Choose Your iPad Size

For great performance with a larger screen, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is our top choice, or, if cockpit space is at a premium, the iPad mini 4 offers a smaller footprint. ForeFlight looks amazing on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s stunning retina display; however, this option will leave you with a little less elbow room in the cockpit.

Step Two: Choose your Connectivity

Next, choose between iPad Wi-Fi only or iPad Wi-Fi +Cellular. The Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad contains the internal GPS chip that can be used to activate moving map capabilities in ForeFlight Mobile.

The Wi-Fi only model can be paired with an external GPS like the Bad Elf Pro to provide location fixes in flight. Other options include the Stratus 1S and 2S which provide GPS positioning as well as in-flight weather and traffic service via the ADS-B network.


Storage options are 32GB, 128GB, or 256GB.

We strongly recommend the 128GB models. ForeFlight Mobile requires about 15.5GB for all of the U.S. airport diagrams, A/FD sheets, instrument procedures, documents, VFR sectionals, and IFR enroute charts. Canadian data can total 11GB. However, those requirements are reduced if the entire country is not downloaded at once. For example, downloading US states east of the Mississippi would require around 5GB. With 128GB, you will have plenty of room for ForeFlight, plus other apps, movies, or music.

Where to Buy


Purchase Your iPad

  • At Apple Store
  • At authorized Apple retailers
  • Online via the Apple website

​​Visit the Apple store to compare all iPad pricing and features: www.apple.com/ipad/compare

Data Plans

An important thing to note is that your data plan is not required to use the iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular model or its GPS capabilities; however, we've found a data plan to be very handy for getting weather reports on the go.

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These are accessories that we use ourselves. We don't accept any paid product placements. We're always looking for new ones to try - if you have something to recommend, please send us your experience