American Airlines Wins FAA Approval to Use iPad in Cockpit During All Phases of Flight
September 11, 2012 10:30 AM
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American also wants to equip stewardesses with their own iPads
In December of 2011, American Airlines won
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.
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RE: Waste of money?
9/11/2012 4:03:30 PM
The iPad recieved FAA approval because Apple promissed to give American Airlines as many iPads as they could use for FREE. This is a standard Apple practice, as it gets people using their devices. We saw this with Apple's desktops back in the 80s and 90s where they would give them away to schools or movie studios. We see this now in Aviation. They are currently the only digital reader allowed by the FAA in the cockpit. As a result, if another company (besides AA) decides they want to switch to digital readers they have the choice of buying iPads or searching for an alternative, convincing/paying the FAA to test it, waiting for the results, and buying the device.
Luckily for the free market, the FAA agreed to test a number of other devices after public backlash for testing iPads but not other devices, many of which are known to produce much less interference the the iPad.
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
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