A look at the iPad flight bag

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  1. autolycus

    autolycus Gold Member

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    Gadling's Cockpit Chronicles posted an article with some information about AA's implementation of an electronic flight bag using an iPad. I thought some here would find it interesting. Technology is moving aviation forward in a lot of ways. Well beyond just the glaringly obvious improvements that passengers see.
     
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    Thanks for posting.

    What the video did not mention is updates. Every 28 days updates to charts arrived, requiring opening those huge binders and inserting each changed chart while removing the obsolete one. Tedious job, taking a couple hours or more at times of high change activity. Mistakes happen (I flew a discontinued approach once :eek:). Then the weight, that he mentioned. When flying a long trip the binders +manuals could weight even more than he mentioned. This is a huge improvement in efficiency. When considering long-haul routes the weight savings could be worth another passenger.
     
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    I thought he mentioned somewhere about updates, but maybe I'm wrong. Though I wouldn't think it would be a big deal. Updates can be done over WiFi or plugging it into a computer. I do think it was funny they had to get FAA certification for the mount when the books which weigh much more can fly anywhere (no pun intended).
     
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    I had read about that one before and have laughed both times I have read it. I seem to remember some other silly environmental test that the iPad had to go through that was equally applicable to traditional bags that had never been so tested. Can't remember what the test was. Might have been related to fire or moisture.
     
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    I think it also had to go through a test for sudden decompression.Maybe that's what you're thinking of?
     
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    No, because I don't think paper really has any issues with sudden decompression. It was something that paper was just as vulnerable to as an iPad.
     
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