iPads fuel flight of paperless planes

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  1. sobore
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    http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/...ht-of-paperless-planes-/45015854/1?csp=34news

    Tablet computers such as the iPad are revolutionizing aircraft cockpits as tens of thousands of private pilots bring the powerful mini-computers into planes. Several of the nation's largest airlines are poised to follow suit.
    The Federal Aviation Administration this year for the first time granted approval for two charter companies to use iPads instead of the bulky paper charts and manuals that pilots have been required to carry since the birth of modern aviation. Alaska Airlines is testing iPads in some of its planes, and Delta Air Lines and American Airlines say they're planning on launching tests soon.
     
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    I think it is a great idea to get rid of all the paper. I wonder what they have as a backup plan in the event of an iPad crash?
     
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    I had the same thought, maybe they will mandate two ipads with duplicate data?
     
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    My guess is they could still rely on the radio and transponder, which are much more reliable, to be guided to safety by air traffic control. Or, if it's daylight, they would probably be just fine using visual flight rules.
     

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