JetBlue and American Airlines Giving iPad Electronic Flight Bags to All Pilots

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Both JetBlue and American Airlines have announced they are issuing iPads to all pilots to replace the heavy paper manuals in flight phases.

    American says it is the first major commercial carrier to deploy Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) throughout their entire fleet, and the airline has decided to discontinue paper revisions of pilot flight manuals.

    The airline estimates it will save more than 400,000 gallons of fuel per year, worth $1.2 million at current prices.

    JetBlue announced today that it has also received FAA approval to issue iPads to its pilots, with some added capabilities that are unique to the airline. Because JetBlue is introducing in-flight Wi-Fi across all its aircraft, its pilots will be able to receive real-time weather and document updates in-flight.
    JetBlue pilots will use WSI Optima for weather updates, Comply365 for digital documents, and a third app for aircraft performance, weight and balance calculations. JetBlue will roll out its electronic flight bags over the next three months.

    Article Link: JetBlue and American Airlines Giving iPad Electronic Flight Bags to All Pilots
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    And yet I still have to turn my Kindle off when ascending/decending.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
    Should have done that years ago... my buddy who flies uses his iPad all the time for the past 3 years when flying his lil jet from Texas to Florida. Forget which app he got, but he says... this is a must for pilots.

    Coolest thing is - how much gas it actually will save over an accruing amount of time.
  4. macrumors regular

    May 22, 2013
    where ever I am at.
    I'm happy for them… less books to lug around now.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    Ha, at first, I read the title as "JetBlue and American Airlines Giving iPad Electronic Flight Bags to All Passengers" and I was like "HOLY $417"!
  6. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Ah so this is why the stock is down today when the market overall is up.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Nov 5, 2007
    Yes because another indication of total domination of a market that will someday be larger than smartphones and similar in size to PC (with much more shorter lifecycles on the products) is meaningless Because such domination clearly is not going to result in any increases in income.
  8. macrumors 68030


    Sep 6, 2007
    Personally... I think investors are driving it down on purpose so they can buy low and rake in again in the fall. Sad and frustrating.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2007
    Makes sense. What happens if the iPad fails in flight though?
  10. macrumors regular

    May 15, 2013
    help help is their an Apple Genius on board?

    the Captain spilled Coffee on his iPad!!! :eek:
  11. macrumors member


    Jul 21, 2008
    southern New Hampshire

    They don't fly to my airport in Manchester, NH (yet) but JetBlue sent an Airbus here a few weeks ago from JFK and then back again after an hour. The reason? To test the iPad EFB. Curiously, Southwest Airlines on that same day at that same time was having a '15-year anniversary' celebration here, and I'm sure the sight of a JetBlue A320 just dropping in pleased them to no end.
  12. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    Oh please not the Airbus Boing argument! We all know that Airbus rules ok.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2009
    Stillwater, OK
    been using iPad since it was released and it never failed me.
  14. macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2009
    KLM also announced it will begin issuing 5000 iPads to pilots and pursers.

  15. macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2003
    I wonder if there will be two per flight... If not, I'm sure they could borrow one from someone in the cabin ;)
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2004
    Not everybody agrees, apparently. There's general aviation pilot raging away on the Apple discussion forums about how his iPad supposedly overheated while he was in a landing pattern. He claims the iPad is a danger to all pilots and passengers. His point apparently is that small planes don't generally have air-conditioned cockpits and that it gets real hot sometimes. I'm not a pilot so I'm not competent to comment on that claim. What about it?
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    One step closer to doing away with the asinine "10,000 feet" rule.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2007
    I would worry more about the lithium battery in it than overheating. They r prob rated.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    My guess is they will have at least two iPads on every flight (pilot, co-pilot, and maybe a spare). The chances of multiple iPads failing in flight is extremely slim except in the case of something like an EMP attack. If an EMP attack happened, though, I'd have to think that there would be plenty of other avionic-related electronics on the airplane failing, as well.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2008
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    See? We always knew that was complete and total garbage!
  22. macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2013
    wow, great decision. less mess and time wastage
  23. macrumors member


    Jun 15, 2010
    Previously, they did have to bring their chart bag with them. I'd be happier if they still brought at least the approach charts for the destination and alternates.
  24. FreemanW, Jun 26, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2012
    The Real Northern California
    Airbus owns the treetops and the Atlantic.
  25. macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    The Kindle has not been certified in-flight by the FAA now, has it?


    iPad too big for a small planes, I use a Nexus 7...

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