iPads coming to the cockpit

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    Apparently the company wants pilots to be able to stream movies from the new 747 media systems that are being installed. Or just to replace the huge piles of maps and other flight paperwork with an electronic format.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/article...inental-eyes-paperless-flight-decks-with.html

     
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    So does this mean I can use my Kindle before and during take-off?

    ;)
     
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    It would be a hell of a lot easier to update data surrounding runway configurations, radio frequencies, obstructions, and so forth without printing and distributing a bunch of new paper charts.
     
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    Alaska is already doing this. (Or maybe your link says that.)
     
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    AS already does this in the beta testing phase, It can be an ipad or whats called an EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) which would be cheaper and more economical for the company to use versus printing tons and tons of paper and wasting manpower to put them into everyone's V-File and eventually ending up in the Pilot's Charts and AOM/SOP books.
     
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    The main difference between the proposed AS and UA options is that the UA option includes maps while the AS one doesn't. At least according to the article.
     
  7. Hartmann
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    With the FAA doing some changes to a lot of airports with regards to SIDs, STARs and procedures, I like the idea of an electronic flight bag.
     
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    US Air is looking at HP Touchpads :D
     
  10. Hartmann
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    HA!
     
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    The problem is going to be longevity of the device (ie how much bashing will it get and how long that battery will last)...

    And what happens if the device dies inflight?

    Certainly a lot of testing needs to be done...
     
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    It would be the ultimate Ch9 experience if the app would let you sync your iPad in the back of the plane with the pilot's and see what they are looking at... just saying ;)
     
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    US AIr? I thought it was Commodore 64s.
     
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    This is along the lines of my thinking, even back to when Alaska announced their plans; it's going to start a new sheetstorm of arguments with FAs about electronics.
     
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    If your only argument is "but the pilots get to do it" then you've still got nothing.
     
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    Too expensive; this is the model they've selected

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    I didn't know you were that skilled ;)
     
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    Fully agree! However, I doubt we will see anytime soon.

    I think certain electronic devices could be certified as safe during critical areas of flight for use by passengers, but the FAA and other agencies probably don't want to get int eh business of cherry picking devices. And then the poor flight attendants are stuck with trying to figure out which devices are legal and which are not.

    So for now, the blanket no electronics is here to stay..........
     
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    Are United pilots going to navigate their aircrafts with iPads?

    There will be a lot of United planes falling from the sky if this is the case.

    Seems that the new United are doing everything wrong.

    Boycott! Jump ship!!

    :(
     
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    :rolleyes:

    You might want to read this article and I give it several years before all major airlines start using them: http://www.flightglobal.com/article...-introduce-ipad-app-with-en-route-moving.html
     
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    Not just "but the pilots get to do it," it's more about the exact same device that happens to be wildly popular among frequent fliers. The switch from paper to iPad in the cockpit gets media attention, it WILL come up more often in the cabin.
     
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    I always thought the standard thinking was that the rule was less about interference potential and more about making sure folks are ready to bug out in the event of an emergency evacuation. Such an idea doesn't really apply to handheld computing device in the cockpit when used for the purposes of navigational charts and aids.
     
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    This what I've thought as well, but the airlines sell it as "electronic interference". My only qualm is that there is no difference between reading a physical book or newspaper and reading hte the same on the Kindle (or other e-reader).
     

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