In my pursuit of my Private Pilot’s Certificate, I’ve had to purchase a few accessories. One accessory, a kneeboard that I found, turned out to have an even greater value to me for use in the car than in the aircraft.
Pilot’s Pal Kneeboard
A kneeboard is a small clipboard that has a strap attached to each side of it. Pilots use it to take notes and do calculations while they are flying. The clipboard sits on top of one’s thigh and the elastic strap goes around the thigh and attaches the clipboard securely to the leg. For comfort, the clipboard has a molded attachment to the back that makes it fit around the leg more comfortably and makes it more stable. Essentially, you wind up with a small desk strapped to your leg. It is surprisingly stable and provides a sturdy writing surface in the car. It even has a pen clip to keep your pen secure as well.
I try to remain productive in the car and will sometimes take a few notes while I’m travelling. This kneeboard lets me do that without fumbling with loose slips of paper or a loose clipboard sliding all over the front seat. I don’t even have to look down.
Make your notes when the vehicle is stopped at a red light, parked, or when you are the passenger (it really helps in a crowded car). It is very dangerous to take notes while driving.
Pilot's Pal Kneeboard - Sporty's Pilot Shop