My new Tablet PC with eletronic approach charts works great!
A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a Toshiba Table PC and ordered Jeppesen’s Flightstar, Flight View, and Flight Deck! Way cool! No more lugging all the approach charts! I don’t have my Cirrus yet, but I plan on flying to many cities in the US, but don’t want to carry all the books along! If I knew that I would go to one city and back, I could just print out the major charts and such, but I may go from one city to the next, all over the place. (with my business)
The screen is a litle dim, so you have to tilt it away from direct sunlight, but night time should be awsome! In IMC, direct sunlight isn’t a problem anyway.
The processor is very fast and chart look-ups and screen refress are instant! I am very pleased. The computer does not get hot, even after 1.5 hours of continuous use.
I am transferring all my current laptop data to this little jewell because it is a laptop and tablet combined. However, I will miss my current laptop’s 15" screen.
I am ordering a Garmin PC cable for my hand held GPS to act as the source so I can even have the little airplane follow the glide slope on the approach chart! (Flight Deck) Of course, this would only be cool for the safety pilot because I’ll be pre-occupied!
This also would work as a good backup GPS moving map with Flight View if my Avidyne or 430 goes out. Or it may keep my passenger happy by zooming in and out on the laptop so my Avidyne and 430 are left alone.
Go to the address below to see the hardware. I got it a CompUSA, but be prepared to get on a waiting list!