IPAD & ACCESSORY BUYING GUIDE
Buy the Wi-Fi + Cellular model of either the 256GB 11-inch iPad Pro or the 128GB 9.7-inch iPad.
Please note that ForeFlight no longer supports the iPad 1, 2, 3, iPad Mini 1, iPhone 4, 4S, and older, and will end support for the iPad 4 and iPhone 5 and 5C in early 2019. See this page for the minimum supported iOS version and the status of the latest iOS version.
Step One: Choose Your iPad Size
For the best performance and a larger screen, the 11-inch iPad Pro is our top choice; or, if cockpit space is at a premium, the iPad Mini 4 offers a smaller footprint, though its performance suffers due to its age. The 9.7-inch iPad (6th Generation) strikes a great balance between size, performance, and price. 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 Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + Cellular models. The Wi-Fi + Cellular iPads contain the internal GPS chip that can be used to activate moving map capabilities in ForeFlight Mobile. These iPads pair well with Scout's dual band ADS-B In capabilities for displaying weather and traffic in ForeFlight.
The Wi-Fi only models can be paired with an external GPS like the Bad Elf Pro to provide location fixes in flight. Other options include Sentry which provides GPS positioning as well as in-flight weather and traffic via ADS-B.
An important thing to note is that a data plan is not required to use the iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular model's GPS capabilities; however, we've found a data plan to be very handy for getting weather reports on the go.
STEP THREE: CHOOSE YOUR STORAGE
Storage options are 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB (options vary based on iPad model).
We strongly recommend the 128GB option or higher. 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 and up, you will have plenty of room for ForeFlight, plus other apps, movies, or music.
Sentry Portable ADS-B Receiver
Offers inflight weather and traffic on ForeFlight, AHRS, internal WAAS GPS, longer battery life, onboard storage for weather replay, and a CO sensor and alarm system for added safety. Retailing at $499, Sentry is available for purchase now at Sporty's Pilot Shop and on Amazon.
Scout Portable ADS-B Receiver
Small enough to fit in your shirt pocket, Scout is the industry's most affordable, portable, off-the-shelf solution for receiving inflight ADS-B weather and traffic on ForeFlight Mobile. Scout is made for ForeFlight by uAvionix, and at $199 USD Scout is perfect for the pilot on a budget.
Explore More Connectivity
Our ForeFlight Connect platform enables portable and installed avionics to connect with ForeFlight Mobile and deliver capabilities like two-way flight plan transfer, ADS-B weather and traffic, backup attitude, and GPS position.
Check out our detailed connectivity guide