American Airlines will use an iPad app in lieu of navigation charts
In lieu of cumbersome cases of navigation charts, pilots in a new test program will be using an iPad. The iPad will run a special FAA-approved app providing the pilot with all the navigational information contained in the traditional flight bag.
American Airlines claims that the reduction in weight (35 pounds), will save the airline over $1 million per year. That sounds fairly optimistic, considering the variability of passengers' luggage. How much difference can 35 pounds really make on a giant bus with wings?
You might be wondering why the pilots are allowed to use an iPad when passengers are instructed to turn off and stow their own electronics. The FAA has granted special permission to use the iPad app. But we don't think that extends to you surfing the web during takeoff.
1. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)
I can hardly wait until one of them locks up and some pilot crashes into a mountain....
2. love-all-phones (unregistered)
You are wishing for the death of over 100 passengers. The things people say sometimes.
5. jroc74 (Posts: 5201; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I'm gonna have to agree with them...cmon man...
9. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
well i believe it has to do more with the cell signal not so much wifi but still i am sure they can put the whole darn map on the hard drive and not have to use even wifi. Which is exactly what airplan mode does on a phone.
10. Braingears (unregistered)
I currently use my iPad for flights. It does a great job with real-time weather and planning. It has all of the VFR and IFR charts along with all of the detailed data for each of airports with no data connections required.
The only problem that I've had is I can only view it from one angle with my polorized sunglasses on.
I'm looking forward to seeing this new app...
11. Spear (unregistered)
I wonder if the general public will be allowed to download the app. That'd be neat!
12. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
I thought all electronics are suppose to be turned off? Hippocrates!!! im going to power up my playbook in their face!