Microsoft Surface 2 gets FAA authorization to be used to replace pilots' flight bag
posted by Maxwell R. / Feb 11, 2014, 6:06 PM
The goal for that order is to replace the pilots’ flight bags, each weighing up to 40 pounds, filled with flight manuals, charts, and other airline documentation. Delta expects to save millions of dollars in fuel costs with the reduced weight across the fleet.
A Microsoft Surface 2 tablet weighs about a pound-and-a-half, so it is sure to be a hit with the pilots as well. This move follows Delta’s decision to equip the flight attendants with Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones to handle point-of-sale transactions and provide information to travelers.
Now that the FAA has provided Class 1 and 2 EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) certification, Delta is “all in” with Microsoft and Windows based platforms. Installed on the tablets is FliteDeck Pro, a logistics application developed by Jeppesen, a logistics company based in Denver, Colorado.
One cool product developed with this large-scale initiative is a new mount from RAM Mounting Systems, designed solely for the Microsoft Surface tablet and use in the cockpit of a plane. At nearly $200 per unit, the expectation is that it will work flawlessly. When you see a brief view of it in action in the video below though, it makes one want to see a consumer edition of the mount.
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Surface Pro... = Smart Tablet Any non Wpro tablet = Feature Tablet.... ................... That's just the way it goes.....
posted on Feb 11, 2014, 6:15 PM 5
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Yes, I'm sure those pilots need the awesome power of the windows desktop to look at pdf manuals. "Full" windows computers have their use and place. For the majority of people, less=more, and Microsoft can't understand that, neither can their fans.
posted on Feb 11, 2014, 10:13 PM 2
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Why Microsoft exists is solely because of monopoly they (still) have on desktop. And true, their products are just not user-friendly as competition, or as desirable. My friend bought 2520 and returned it quickly, because he hated the user experience. Where Microsoft fails is that, on desktop you are usually forced to buy Windows, because Mac is very expensive. On tablets, however, there are a lots of better and more user-friendly alternatives.
posted on Feb 12, 2014, 12:00 AM 2
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Blue Sky Of Death
posted on Feb 11, 2014, 6:29 PM 6
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They probably wouldn't be allowed to play games on their tablets while the plane is in autopilot, right?
posted on Feb 11, 2014, 6:34 PM 0
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