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  • American Airlines Praises iPad's Impact on Pilots


    In October 2011, following an extensive test review process by the FAA, American Airlines was finally given the green light to let pilots use iPads in "all phases of flight." As MMi reported earlier that year, American Airlines had been angling for some time to become the first major domestic airline to make the switch to completely electronic manuals.

    Not only did that effort pay off for the airline, it's also paying off for pilots with sore backs.

    According to coverage of the keynote from Tabtimes, the reduction of 40 pounds of paper manuals means a tremendous reduction in back pain - a common ailment and complaint among pilots.

    American’s well-publicized replacement of bulky kit bags that include flight manuals for pilots using iPads will become available to all of the airline’s 8,600 pilots by the end of May.
    It should be noted, however, that American is not in an exclusive relationship with Apple's iPad. Galaxy Note tablets are also being distributed to flight attendants to help manage everything from food service to passenger seating arrangements.

    All 16,000 of American’s crew members worldwide have been given Galaxy Notes, said O'Keefe, who adds that American Airlines is “the first airline to give a tablet to every single crew member.”

    Source: Tabtimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: American Airlines Praises iPad's Impact on Pilots started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Yay. Baggage fees being put to use!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Quite the investment..i didn't think pilots could feel back pain with all the drinks they have prior to flight haha..jokes.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      As a pilot myself I find my iPad has revolutionized the cockpit.

      Its taken us from the dark ages of dozens of different manuals/charts to one single 1/2 kg screen.

      Outstanding.
    1. markoutdoors's Avatar
      markoutdoors -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      As a pilot myself I find my iPad has revolutionized the cockpit.

      Its taken us from the dark ages of dozens of different manuals/charts to one single 1/2 kg screen.

      Outstanding.
      Do you turn your ipad off when you take off?
    1. Biggie_S2k's Avatar
      Biggie_S2k -
      Quote Originally Posted by markoutdoors View Post
      Do you turn your ipad off when you take off?
      green light to let pilots use iPads in "all phases of flight."
    1. vtails's Avatar
      vtails -
      I'd like to see it integrated into the panel's which would keep some from straying, it be unprofessional playing angry bird's when we're responsible for 100 or more soul's in the back..Also how will they integrate into the BLACK BOXES,When I do corporate flights we have been using the Ipad for a while now but it's been limited but I know it will and should be an important tool for us,I don't think it would make flying any safer than it is, The Jeppesen flight charts have alway's been a pain to update you'd have to see the book and the stack of charts you pull out and replace in that respect the ipad would make mine and all other pilot's live's a lot easier...
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      As a pilot myself I find my iPad has revolutionized the cockpit.

      Its taken us from the dark ages of dozens of different manuals/charts to one single 1/2 kg screen.

      Outstanding.
      Do you do your preflight and landing checklists from the iPad as well, Carl?
    1. gbosh's Avatar
      gbosh -
      1. iPads provided are iPad 2s. AA went after the existing supply of older Gen iPads instead of buying Gen 3s/4s. They are the 3G version, but 3G service is not provided.
      2. iPads are not integrated with the aircraft at all. They are window mounted, intended primarily for inflight use with Jeppesen approach plates.
      3. iPads have additional apps that are airline specific, but aid in overall job function, planning, etc.
      4. The pilots (9000+) are not given Galaxy Notes, they are given iPads.
      5. AA's iPad use is FAA certified (RE: interference) for all phases of flight.

      HTH!