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  • Marine Corps Aviators Reject Paper Embrace iPads



    It started last November with a single Cobra pilot. He figured out how to load digital maps onto the iPad and word spread. Quickly.

    Before using the iPad identifying landmarks from the air was an exercise in patience. Paper charts and grids filled the tiny cockpits, and required additional training to decipher. Being able to click through a digital interface, and search for compounds of landmarks in Afghanistan has proved infinitely easier than sifting through the 50 pounds of paper pilots used to carry on every flight.

    Coordinating efforts with troops on the ground is now more accurate, easier and faster. The iPad has removed much of guesswork involved in identifying compounds. Before a vast array of maps was needed to interact with the often international ground forces. You can imagine the confusion working with completely different mapping systems.

    "It's all about sharing situational awareness and using the iPad is much better than using a paper chart. It takes five minutes to teach someone how to use the thing its so intuitive and easy, you don't really have to think about it." - Capt John Belsha
    Alaskan Airlines, and the Marines have switched over to iPad base flight manuals and maps, it seems like only a matter of time until the rest of the winged world changes over.

    Source: Shephard
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Marine Corps Aviators Reject Paper Embrace iPads started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      Sorry if this is off-topic but I want to tip the staff of news but cant find the link. Anyways, installer.app (remember, from the 1.x and 2.x days) has been ported to iOS 4.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Installer app? Who cares.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ericwall View Post
      Sorry if this is off-topic but I want to tip the staff of news but cant find the link. Anyways, installer.app (remember, from the 1.x and 2.x days) has been ported to iOS 4.
      WOW that's cool, but anyways it's pretty cool that a lot of pilots use iPads for navigation
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      Quote Originally Posted by ericwall View Post
      Sorry if this is off-topic but I want to tip the staff of news but cant find the link. Anyways, installer.app (remember, from the 1.x and 2.x days) has been ported to iOS 4.

      repo?
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      yey!! Nothing like unsecured maps with no encryption, secret mission is secret no more!!
    1. flippy's Avatar
      flippy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ericwall View Post
      Sorry if this is off-topic but I want to tip the staff of news but cant find the link. Anyways, installer.app (remember, from the 1.x and 2.x days) has been ported to iOS 4.
      yeah where can we get it from?

      oh and the ipad idea is cool too
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      yey!! Nothing like unsecured maps with no encryption, secret mission is secret no more!!
      Orders are secure. iPads provide quick to maps. Maps that were on paper and not in any way secure before as they are "paper". Now they have quick access to mapping rather than flipping through 100s of pages of maps to find the correct one.
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      Quote Originally Posted by jiniej View Post
      repo?
      http://repo.fear-dev.co.cc

      It's under the Section (or Category) called "Fear-Dev Packages.