HUGE news for iPad!

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  1. PracticalMac, Feb 18, 2011
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    PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    This is the first step for "Electronic Flight Bags" to be used by Airline Pilots to better manage the paperwork blizzard pilots face during their flights, and increase safety.
    It has been a dream for years to have such a thing, and now it is reality!

    It also makes iPad acceptable for all manner of transportation duties, not just airplanes because a Federal agency says so.

    It's not to airline level yet, but it is big first step.

    http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articl...rts.html?WT.mc_id=110218epilot&WT.mc_sect=gan


    Edit:
    FAA Regulations for the use of:
    AC 120-76A.pdf

    AC 91_78.pdf

    And suggestion for better use if iPad/iPhone as EFB
    http://www.aviationconsumer.com/issues/41_12/accessories/6096-1.html
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Wow, that is interesting
    Keep us informed of the progress
     
  3. PhoneI macrumors 65816

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    I hope if I'm on a plane, the pilot that is flying that day doesn't get a pop-up notification while he is checking his chart (blocking the middle of the screen).
     
  4. windSurfer21 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for reminding us what a pop up does.
     
  5. PhoneI macrumors 65816

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    you are welcome
     
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    While interesting I wonder about a couple of things. What happens if your battery dies or if you break your iPad mid-flight?
     
  7. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Utilize the co-pilots iPad, a flight attendants, or a passengers...:cool:
     
  8. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

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    That's the dumbest thing yet. You know those pilots are going to be surfing the web and playing Fruit Ninja.
     
  9. atlanticza macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure an app called Parachute will appear in iTunes shortly.
     
  10. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

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    iParachute.
     
  11. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Good news!

    I hope things keep progressing in this area.
     
  12. blackberrypilot macrumors 6502

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    This is great news. Paper charts are in pita. I wonder if they'll allow the iPad to replace a flashlight for night flights...:apple:
     
  13. flyboybiker macrumors newbie

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    It's already pretty common in the corporate aviation world. The company I fly for has been testing one to see if we like it. We still have to carry a paper backup in Canada, but it's still a whole lot easier to use than the paper charts. It sounds like in the US you can go paper less if you have a backup battery source, or possibly 2 Ipads, I'm not quite sure of the rules there. Regardless, most crews I see both have one. It's a great tool for flightplanning and checking weather, communicating with dispatch and so on.
    I'm hoping my company go's ahead and buys me one, as I can't justify it on my own at the moment.
     
  14. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing beats a flashlight if you need to see in a corner or inside something. Too hard for an iPad to do, lifting it up and such.
     
  15. Goldfrapp macrumors 68040

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    Why should I, consumer, care?

    Enlighten me, por favor.
     
  16. macingman macrumors 68020

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    As someone who has a passion for aviation and flying in general this is really exciting news for me.

    I am sure pilots with have a hardcopy backup just in case the iPad fails in flight.
     
  17. Mac.World macrumors 68000

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    I'm guessing the pilot and co-pilot will simply plug their iPad's in.

    As for a pilot breaking his iPad? 1. Auto-pilot 2. Radio navigation 3. Paper-charts will likely remain within the cockpit, for emergencies.
     
  18. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3

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    Wow, now Steve's even taking over the airlines. :D
     
  19. mickbab macrumors 65816

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    Now all they need to do is connect Flight Control to the autopilot and everything will be set :D
     
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    Electronic Flight Bags have been a reality for over a decade. They are usually based on Microsoft tablet PCs, so it's interesting (but not surprising) that someone used an iPad instead.

    FAA approval is only needed for flight-for-hire operations. A private pilot can use a PC or an iPad on their own authority.

    Class 1 Type B approvals like this are almost the lowest type. It's strapped to your knee or perhaps yoke during use. It's not hooked to the aircraft's instruments, but can use aircraft power.

    Your pilot could be less distracted with this, than trying to find and read a smaller paper approach plate. Like paper, the electronic would still need to be the latest update of course.
     
  22. Gryzor macrumors 6502

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    In an plane, the iPad, or any other tablet/elecronic device, will NEVER replace paper, only accompany it.
     
  23. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    I don`t want to be on a 747 that`s running iTunes, I barely trust it with my music let alone a boeing jet :eek:
     
  24. Saladinos macrumors 68000

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    Same thing as if you spill coffee on the paper version
     
  25. maflynn Moderator

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    Well I wouldn't call this huge news.

    Yeah good news for those aviation type folks, but for the rest of the unwashed masses, it means nothing at all.
     

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