iPad app for replacing panel-mounted nav/comm/txpndr?

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cattflight

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So I see the proliferation of iPad apps for managing flight plans, moving maps, Wx, even system monitoring & management, but I have yet to see anyone present an application that mimics (or better yet, improves) the in-panel nav/comm/transponder functions that currently require hardware eating up so much space in the panel. I know a few of the EFIS manufacturers are offering remote control of their embedded radio functions from iPad, but I would love to see a remote mounted chassis with nav/comm/txpndr-alt encoder functions controlled from the iPad (ideally wirelessly).

Why you ask? Because the notion of having a radio stack in the panel that is interfaced to very rarely during the course of a flight, seems wasteful. I would much rather have my moving map, Wx and flight plan info up full time on the iPad, and the radio controls minimized until I need them. Plus I have to imagine removing all the tactile controls from an in-panel radio would make it less expensive. Those wanting the version with the controls can buy the "optional control panel face" and install traditionally while the rest of us use the panel space for more full-time functions....like in flight movies for the Mrs. or checking our Fantasy Football standings! :)

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bmcj

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It may be that doing so gives you a single point of failure for multiple systems, and on a non-certified device at that.
 

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If you had an iPad serving as the "control head" for the radio, you'd still need to buy another black box to do the real radio work (send and receive the signal). You'd also need a place to plug in your headset and handle the signals to that. I don't see any advantage in cost. Once the iPad (s) get up and running all the nav, flight instruments, and engine instruments they are capable of handling, their screen real estate is going to be very valuable, I don't see any advantage to cluttering it up with comms functions, too.
One of these costs $400 at Sporty's, add another $100 for PTT and the other goodies. Mount it right on your panel with a cable to your external antenna. Provides comms and backup VOR and even localizer/ILS (who knows--maybe your primary ILS will crump out!). No iPad add-on box is going to do everything cheaper than that, and it allows your iPad/tablet to do other things and for the comms panel to be avialble all the time, not buried two menus down in the tablet.
 
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