Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to test all my iPads or a single one as a representative sample?
When iPad first came to market, GlobalNavSource began testing single units as a
representative sample. Typical cost for a DO160 RD test $2500. What we found was
that all iPads were not passing. Apple may use different sub-level components and they
do not tell us what components are in each iPad. Because of this GNS setup a cost
effective means to bulk test iPads at $200/device. Devices that pass get a placard so
they are easy to identify in field inspection.
How much does Step 2 EMI cost and can we do the testing ourselves?
Most of our customers opt to have our DER write the test plan for their particular aircraft
type. The customer’s maintenance personnel can perform the testing and return the
results to the DER. The DER will issue an 8110 upon receipt of passing test results.
Cost for Step 2 EMI is $2500 per aircraft type. iPads must have Step 1 and a placard to
qualify under the blanket approval. Without Step 1 every iPad would need to be tested
against the aircraft due to individual variations.
What happens if my iPad does not pass?
If you have an iPad that does not pass RD we will retest another unit for you at no charge. iPads that do not pass RD to 51,000’ all work fine to Apple spec. 10,000’ so they are fine to use on the ground. We have never had an iPad physically damaged during testing.