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American also wants to equip stewardesses with their own iPads

In December of 2011, American Airlines won FAA approval to use the Apple iPad to replace paper manuals pilots carry onboard aircraft. American Airlines today announced that it has become the first carrier to get FAA approval to use the iPad in the cockpit during all phases of flight. 
 
Pilots for the airline will use the iPad to replace the paper-based reference manuals typically carried in flight bags that weigh 35 pounds. American Airlines figures that it will save $1.2 million on fuel across all of its planes each year based on current fuel prices by shaving that weight.
 
“This is a very exciting and important milestone for all of us at American Airlines as we work to modernize our processes and best meet the needs of our people,” said Captain John Hale, American’s Vice President of Flight.

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“With this approval from the FAA, we will be able to use iPad to fully realize the benefits of our Electronic Flight Bag program, including improving the work environment for our pilots, reducing our dependency on paper products and increasing fuel efficiency on our planes. We are equipping our people with the best resources and this will allow our pilots to fly more efficiently.”
 
American Airlines also notes that it's working on a program that will allow it to provide flight attendants with tablets to allow them to retrieve more information about passengers.
 
They iPads will roll out across American’s fleet of 777 aircraft beginning this month. The commercial carrier expects to get approval for all aircraft in its fleet by the end of 2012.
 
American will stop distributing revisions to paper manuals in 2013. 

Sources: The Next Web, American Airlines



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RE: Waste of money?
By LordSojar on 9/11/2012 11:24:59 AM , Rating: -1
I'm sorry, you must be having some issues reading. I specifically said the Nexus7, did I not? Oh, looky there, I did. The Nexus7 is a consistent device too. How old is the iPad 3 again? How is an iPad required? What features does the iPad have that the Nexus 7 does not have? How is this an efficient use of taxpayer money? iPads are luxury tablets, plain and simple. Or, are you suggesting that American Airlines, who is HEAVILY subsidized by taxpayer money, requires a retina display on their tablets? Do they require something iOS has that Jelly Bean does not?

This has nothing to do with Apple vs Android, this has everything to do with cost vs features. Cost saving is what the airlines are suppposed to be doing. This is the opposite of that measure. Down rate me all you want, but I'm sick of subsidizing products, that are marked up more than any other electronic device and provide said company with the largest profits in recorded history, with my tax dollars. I'd rather build a road or fund a school... not give Apple additional profits for no good reason, when their product offers no additional feature sets or functionality over lower priced alternatives (aka the Nexus 7 for this purpose of deployment)


RE: Waste of money?
By corduroygt on 9/11/2012 11:39:13 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
What features does the iPad have that the Nexus 7 does not have?

FAA approved Jeppesen app that pilots use is only on the iPad.

How do you know they're buying iPad3's? Maybe they're buying iPad2 to save money.

quote:
Or, are you suggesting that American Airlines, who is HEAVILY subsidized by taxpayer money, requires a retina display on their tablets?

How do you know they're not buying iPad 2's to save some money?

quote:

Do they require something iOS has that Jelly Bean does not?

Yes, the FAA certified app.


RE: Waste of money?
By Ringold on 9/11/2012 2:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, guy doesn't know what he's talking about in the least. If he spends 10 minutes on any tarmac across the country, he'd see a sea of iPads, but nary an android in sight -- except for phones.

As others have pointed out, due to consistency, quality and market share, aviation app makers have focused almost entirely on iOS.

Also not sure how American is "heavily subsidized" by the tax payer. They pay fuel taxes every time they load up, and when they do manage to turn a little profit, they pay then too. There's some tax code tweaks that help a little in various ways but it's no Amtrac or even GM.


RE: Waste of money?
By kingmotley on 9/11/2012 11:59:08 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
What features does the iPad have that the Nexus 7 does not have?

Working software.


RE: Waste of money?
By vapore0n on 9/11/2012 12:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
Im sorry, you must be new here.

Go google up how long American Airlines has been researching using the Ipad instead of paper manuals.
Here, Ill help you.
http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2011/12/14/a...

This article was from last year. Way before the N7 came out. This may suggest they are not using the Ipad3.

What feature does the Ipad have that the Nexus does not? 10" display for a start. Second, the app itself, which was built for the IOS. Third (my guess), the docking connector which can add so many possibilities. Fourth day I say Closed Source OS.

You are right. This has to do with costs. And I bet their bean counters did their homework.


RE: Waste of money?
By Solandri on 9/11/2012 8:51:37 PM , Rating: 2
The price difference between an iPad and Nexus 7 is almost a non-factor for the airlines. I forget the exact stat, but a sugar packet lost in a commercial airliner's seat cushion will burn something like an extra 10 gallons of fuel over a year of flying. That's why one of the first places LCD TVs showed up was aboard planes. The purchase price of an item you put on a plane is usually minor, almost insignificant compared to the fuel costs incurred by extra weight.

FAA approval is also a long, drawn-out process. It's the reason computers aboard most commercial airliners are ~10 years behind the state of the art. So the iPad being first out with significant market share played a large part in this.

(NASA is even worse. On several of the early Shuttle flights, the most power computer on board was a handheld HP-41C calculator. The calculator didn't need to go through the QA and flightworthiness checks of all the equipment built into the shuttle.)


RE: Waste of money?
By Jeffk464 on 9/11/2012 12:34:04 PM , Rating: 2
By the way an iPad is infinitely cheaper then any device that would be built into the instrument panel. You should be excited about the price savings.


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