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Apple iPad 2 replaces paper in the cockpit on United Airlines' flights

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Apple iPad 2 replaces paper in the cockpit on United Airlines' flights
United Airlines has become the first U.S. airline to replace all of the paper lugged around by its pilots with an Apple iPad 2. This will remove 38 pounds of weight from a typical flight bag and over the course of a year, save 326,000 gallons of fuel and 1,900 trees. Not only will environmentalists be happy, so will United shareholders saving all that money on jet fuel, one of the biggest expenses that an airline faces. Of course, United's pilots will be happy to lose the weight on their shoulders as well.

The paperless route was started by Alaska Airlines which replaced flight manuals with Apple iPads. United is the first airline of its size in the U.S., to take the paperless trend one step beyond and eliminate the pilots' navigational charts in place of tablets on a permanent basis. A free app in the App Store, Jeppsen Mobile Flight Deck, helps keeps the UAL pilots on course. While American Airlines recently started offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to passengers, as we reported, the airline used the Apple iPad in the cockpit when testing for the FAA how safe using tablets in lieu of paper would be. It seems that the advantage of being first to market and offering a bigger selection of apps, has allowed Apple to dominate the tablet market in the sky just as it has back down on earth.

source: electronista

At UAL, 11,000 pilots have replaced paper manuals and charts with the Apple iPad
At UAL, 11,000 pilots have replaced paper manuals and charts with the Apple iPad

At UAL, 11,000 pilots have replaced paper manuals and charts with the Apple iPad




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posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:12 4

1. WhatIf (unregistered)


What happens if IPad is low on battery and you have to refer the manuals.... Be sure to carry charger :)

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 23:08 1

21. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Like you do on an Android phone that has like a few hour charge?

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:12 3

2. ztedac (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 May 2010)


hmmmmm terrorist will have a new way to hack....

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 23:09 2

22. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


They would if they were using Android tablets.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 05:14 1

24. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Of course they are not having that ipad online

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:14

3. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)


I know not to fly untied now. Screw flying on any airline will rely on tablets for emergencies. Need to restart the engines while 30,000 feet in the air oops the application closed its self.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 21:10 2

17. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


they are using iPads, not galaxy tabs.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 05:56 1

26. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


Don't you understand what they are using it for? You can't control the plane through the iPad, it's just a replacement for the paper.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:17

4. ChiX017 (unregistered)


Intresting...:)

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:29

5. E.N. (Posts: 2294; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Tablets are so unnecessary....

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:47 3

9. ztedac (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 May 2010)


hmmmm... i... just hope the pilots are actually flying the plane and not playing angry birds >.>

safety is my biggest concern, not really because of ipad or tablets

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:31

6. pouxonu (Posts: 10; Member since: 09 Jul 2010)


-Alan F.

I didn't realize that iPad 2's could access the Android Market?

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:38 2

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


hmmm i smell hating in the air... get it in the air..lol....

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:42

8. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I can see why they would switch to a tablet but they should def keep a papper manual just in case. I mean if you spill coffe on a papper you can still make out what was written. Now try that with a tablet :rolleys:

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:59 1

10. box (unregistered)


Umm, so what do they do in the event of an electromagnetic event, i.e. lightning strike? Also, I can imagine that theft and such would be probable for pilots known to be carrying them around, plus also the aircraft itself for sheep or theives desperate for the oversized ipod.
Also, why the ipad?? There's cheaper tablets that can do what the ipad can. Heck, I'm pretty certain that a Kindle or Nook or any eReader would be able to suit the airline's needs just fine, and I think the shareholders would be much happier knowing the company is buying $100-300 tablets instead of a $500-900 ones

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 19:12 1

11. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Wow, all the hating, lol.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 19:29

13. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


I bet they're are going to save a TON on paper and garbage.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 19:39 2

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the only thing missing on those planes is a mini bar so the pilots can be in heaven.. get it...... heaven.. dam i am on a roll... jajajajajaja

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 19:52

15. steve otsuki (unregistered)


of course, these electronic devices will be on during sterile cockpit...does this mean that all cabin crew & pssgrs will be able to have elect. devices on as well???

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 20:49

16. mp (unregistered)


Wouldnt it be cheaper for United to try to get a deal from Hp for Touchsmarts?

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 21:29

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6452; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


What bout electricity? that would cost them even more money if their airlines start using iPads

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 22:04 1

19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


My brother flies and the iPad has some amazing apps for pilots. It's way more convenient. Weird logic here that technology on a plane is bad. Well s**t why use computers at all. Let's just go back to no pc's in case something goes wrong.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 22:15

20. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 361; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Eventually, it will happen! and its finally happened

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 00:41

23. Blueberry (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)


I pads in cockpits are worse than terrorists in planes and I bet planes crashes happen more often with brainless I poop devices...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 05:17

25. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Hope they don't turn on the autopilot and play angry birds the rest of the flight...
But seriously, this is a bad idea... what if the ipad runs out of electricity or stops working, what they to then ?

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