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Delta Air Lines will upgrade all of its pilots to the cellular M1 iPad Pro, AT&T has today announced.

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Following the announcement that all Delta flight attendants would receive an iPhone 12 in April, the airline has now said that all pilots will be given an M1 iPad Pro as part of their pilot electronic flight bags (EFB).

The iPad Pro will be used for a range of pre-flight management tasks and processes, where flight data and aircraft load information will be delivered directly to each pilot's EFB, which use custom-built apps. 5G connectivity, supplied by AT&T, will also be essential to how pilots use the device.

iPad Pro is extremely versatile in aviation, with its thin and light design, and bright, immersive display. The powerful new iPad Pro with 5G features the breakthrough Apple-designed M1 chip for a massive leap in performance, an all-new 12MP Ultra-Wide front camera, and advanced Liquid Retina display technologies with ultralow reflectivity for an unmatched viewing experience on the ground and in the air.

Delta follows JetBlue, which started rolling out the M1 iPad Pro to pilots last month, but the airline has been equipping its staff with iPhones and iPads since it dropped Windows devices in 2017.

Article Link: Delta Next Airline to Roll Out M1 iPad Pro to Pilots
 
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nebulosan

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Though some Delta employees will keep their Windows Phone OS phones, since those are the only “business grade heavy duty phones fit for certain pro business pilots that take their productivity seriously“, Delta and Microsoft said in a joint statement
 

dmr727

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Every major airline in the US uses the iPad for charts, manuals etc and has been for years now. My airline bought the Air 3 a few years back and we're due for a refresh soon. I think an Air makes more sense than a Pro - I'd rather carry the lightest device possible for a given screen size.
 

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I wonder why they did not get a Mac to get a real computer and a real finder app? After all, everyone (at Macrumours) has been told repeatedly that the iPad is a TOY and not a computer for professionals/S

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dmr727

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Paper charts don't need batteries.

I think a few years with an iPad has made even the most hardcore airline pilot luddite a believer. Nobody wants to go back to the days of hauling charts around, doing manual updates, etc.

At my company we're also issued a HyperJuice charging brick to use as a backup, although it's optional to carry around since there are power outlets in all the flight decks.
 

nvmls

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Great, they can now play flight simulator without putting people's lives at risk.
 

joecomo

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I wonder why they did not get a Mac to get a real computer and a real finder app? After all, everyone (at Macrumours) has been told repeatedly that the iPad is a TOY and not a computer for professionals/S

Note the /S
the iPadPro is indeed a good paper replacement and that seem to be the use case her - it gets enervating the more "computerish" the tasks are. Just try to collect attachments for your Email from a couple of different sources and you'll yearn for a finder in no time.
 

Glideslope

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Smart move by DL. Would be a great addition to any EFB IMO.
AT&T 5G will be the weak link. I’d imagine most will be updating on LTE for a while.

I‘m curious on the promotion of the 12mb Front Camera? FaceTime with Operations on the ramp? :oops:
 

coolman124

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Every major airline in the US uses the iPad for charts, manuals etc and has been for years now. My airline bought the Air 3 a few years back and we're due for a refresh soon. I think an Air makes more sense than a Pro - I'd rather carry the lightest device possible for a given screen size.
the name also fits
 

I7guy

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Certainly. Still no ”computer replacement”.
And I recall saying something about ”one app only”. The iPad is a great replacement for a binder.
Sure, it's a computer that replaced an entire paper system. But we also don't know what other apps are being installed. So I doubt it's "one app only". Probably an entire suite of apps dedicated to flight management. One thing the ipad does better than other computers of the same ilk and different operating systems.
 
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