Apple iPad 2 replaces paper in the cockpit on United Airlines' flights
posted by Alan F. / Aug 23, 2011, 6:04 PM
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.
What happens if IPad is low on battery and you have to refer the manuals.... Be sure to carry charger :)
posted on Aug 23, 2011, 6:12 PM 4
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hmmmmm terrorist will have a new way to hack....
posted on Aug 23, 2011, 6:12 PM 3
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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 Aug 23, 2011, 6:14 PM 0
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Tablets are so unnecessary....
posted on Aug 23, 2011, 6:29 PM 0
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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 Aug 23, 2011, 6:42 PM 0
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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 Aug 23, 2011, 6:59 PM 1
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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 Aug 23, 2011, 10:04 PM 1
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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 ?
posted on Aug 24, 2011, 5:17 AM 0
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