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

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    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
     
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    And yet I still have to turn my Kindle off when ascending/decending.
     
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    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.
     
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    I'm happy for them… less books to lug around now.
     
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    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"!
     
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    Ah so this is why the stock is down today when the market overall is up.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Makes sense. What happens if the iPad fails in flight though?
     
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    help help is their an Apple Genius on board?

    the Captain spilled Coffee on his iPad!!! :eek:
     
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    JetBlue

    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.
     
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    Oh please not the Airbus Boing argument! We all know that Airbus rules ok.
     
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    been using iPad since it was released and it never failed me.
     
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    KLM also announced it will begin issuing 5000 iPads to pilots and pursers.

    Source
     
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    I wonder if there will be two per flight... If not, I'm sure they could borrow one from someone in the cabin ;)
     
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    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?
     
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    One step closer to doing away with the asinine "10,000 feet" rule.
     
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    I would worry more about the lithium battery in it than overheating. They r prob rated.
     
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    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.
     
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    See? We always knew that was complete and total garbage!
     
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    wow, great decision. less mess and time wastage
     
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    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.
     
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    Airbus owns the treetops and the Atlantic.
     
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    The Kindle has not been certified in-flight by the FAA now, has it?

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

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