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

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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25 Comments

1. WhatIf unregistered

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

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

2. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

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

22. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

They would if they were using Android tablets.

24. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Of course they are not having that ipad online

3. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 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.

17. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

they are using iPads, not galaxy tabs.

26. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 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.

4. ChiX017 unregistered

Intresting...:)

5. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Tablets are so unnecessary....

9. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 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

6. pouxonu unregistered

-Alan F. I didn't realize that iPad 2's could access the Android Market?

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

8. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 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:

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

11. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Wow, all the hating, lol.

13. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

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

14. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

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???

16. mp unregistered

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

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

20. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Eventually, it will happen! and its finally happened

23. Blueberry

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 14, 2011

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

25. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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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