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FAA approves iPad for pilot use on some airlines
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The power of the tablet. And you had your doubts.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently approved the Apple iPad for pilot use in the cockpit of some commercial and charter airlines to replace a 40-lb. bag filled with such documents as log books and operating manuals — even during takeoff and landing, according to The New York Times.
The first carrier to gain such approval was Alaska Airlines in May. The airline's pilots were given permission to use the iPad to consult digital flight, systems and performance manuals. The move eliminated about 25 lbs. of paper for each flight bag, Apple Insider reported. In June, American Airlines began testing the iPad. At the time, it said the device would save it $1.2 million in annual fuel costs. Five months later, American Airlines filed for bankruptcy; guess it needed iPads sooner.
"The iPad allows pilots to quickly and nimbly access information," Jim Freeman, both a pilot and director of flight standards at Alaska Airlines, told the blog. "When you need to a make a decision in the cockpit, three to four minutes fumbling with paper is an eternity."
Efficient and cost-effective.
Now how come I can't use my tablet during takeoff and landing?
Andréa Maria Cecil is managing editor at the Central Penn Business Journal.