Similar to the Paper Maps vs GPS (or Charts, for anyone who's been in that topic): Curious to see what everyone's opinion about this apparent new trend. Coming from the f/w side at school, we hear stories all the time coming out of the US about companies switching to iPads, raving about ease of use and access to charts/approach plates/etc without having to drag all of it along. I hadn't thought a lot about it on the rotary side of things, but on a trip to Florida had a chance to go to an open house at an airport, and the Sarasota Sheriff Department had a 407 with an actual bracket installed
I always have a map with me. GPS databases can end up being out of date at the worst time, batteries fail at the worst time, coverage from the sats can be lousy etc etc etc. I'm just as guilty as anyone else is about over-reliance on the GPS (the f/w Diamond aircraft with G1000s have spoiled me), but the ability to identify where you are based on terrain features and a map is always useful. That said, that's with most of my flying in SW Ontario where there's, y'know, buildings and roads and other handy man made, readily identifiable whatevers.