A “few dozen” American Airlines flights get grounded as pilots' iPads go dark

A “few dozen” American Airlines flights get grounded as pilots' iPads go dark
Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads.” We bet you wouldn't have imagined American Airlines writing this on Twitter just a few years ago, but that's where we are now. 

A couple of dozen flights were grounded on account of... the pilot's iPad, which AA is now using instead of paper maps. The airline gave all pilots and copilots 8,000 iPads two years ago, nixing 35 pounds of paper flight documents, but uploading every flight plan on the tablets themselves.

Many iPads, or, rather, the flight software that carries the maps, inexplicably went dark, both for pilots and copilots, and the crew had to return to the gates, hook up to Wi-fi, and retrieve the maps, which caused grounding and delay in a "few dozen" flights. Yesterday an investment company bot flash-crashed Twitter's stock, today replacing physical maps with virtual ones is causing flight delays - these are the digital times we live in, so we'd have to, ahem, deal with it.

source: 9to5Mac

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39 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

They are using it wrong.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, that is the typical Apple response, isn't it?

4. gaming64 unregistered

Wonder why they aint using Android Tabs? Must have had too many bugs I guess.

10. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Or because it's an American Airline?

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

lol, I like how he came to an article about flights being grounded due to iPads to complain about "bugs" in Android. Must have forgotten his medication this morning.

16. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

He doesnt know anything else to say, he is Apple lawyer I guess

17. theo14461 unregistered

I juse returned on vacation via American Airlines, and I was surprised to see the flight attendants using Samsung phones to take payment for drinks.

23. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Yeah they should dump these toys and go with the Surface 3. Pretty sure their back end systems are all windows so need to worry about bad coding.

29. engineer-1701d unregistered

android is to good for just using it for maps thats apples thing it just works hahahahah, should have used surface pro 3 or samsung tab-s 2

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

i bet you AA wont be using apple products again. the amount of fuel wasted on this is equal to the weight loss of the paper maps.

34. engineer-1701d unregistered

this is why microsoft holds all the power in the world its software keeps going even most business use xp pro even some 98 out there and with win 10 coming and free for all win 7 and up to upgrade i see AA going to trusted safe windows.

38. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Perfect opportunity for MS to swoop in and deliver the new surface 3. Other airlines have switched to the pro 2/3 models awhile ago as well.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

The software went dark, not the iPads. Bad coding by the airlines.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5718; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This title is very misleading, just click bait

20. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

And with the PA writers grammar enough to ruin the article just click on the main source.

25. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Don't be a hypocrite.

35. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Oh that was a new word thnx for it.

5. gaming64 unregistered

This concerns the application not the iPads itself.

31. engineer-1701d unregistered

but what about it just works and apple apps are so much better and dont fail, what do you think happened to the coding or apps or programs in the tabs.

6. RGreen

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Got to love it

7. alexvoda

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

This is rather stupid. For a mission critical task like this, paper is way more reliable than any software+hardware combination. Even more so compared to consumer grade devices.

8. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Pretty much..

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

True. Or, for mission critical tasks like this, they should be using a mission critical OS. BlackBerry's QNX comes to mind. Handles mission critical tasks like nuclear subs, power plants, satellites, hospital equipment, etc.

28. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

We're all lucky that you're NOT a decision maker. Otherwise all those airline will end up with a brick with NO apps whatever.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

What do apps have to do with mission critical tasks? You're a complete !Diot if you think an app can be supplemented for an OS that's designed to handle mission critical tasks.

32. engineer-1701d unregistered

not really qnx has nothing to do with subs am ex navy mm

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

QNX powers nuclear subs and power plants, satellites, stop lights, etc. So yes, it does have something to do with what you mentioned. Need me to post a link?

22. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

@alexvoda : while at it, they should also remove all software + hardware controls in their cockpit and back to the days when monkeys powered the planes.

33. engineer-1701d unregistered

when did monkeys power a plane ?

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they should have paper flight document for emergency case.. (just imagine if iPad went dark when airplane already take off o,O)

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