iPad in the cloud: FAA allows AA pilots to use iPad instead of traditional paper flight charts

The Federal Aviation Administration or FAA in short has granted American Airlines permission to use iPad in the cockpit making it the first major airline to do so. Starting Friday the AA plane pilots will use iPad instead of traditional paper flight charts that usually weigh up to 35 pounds. Replacing paper books with iPads will save up to $1.2 Million worth of fuel for the Airline per year.

The first question that comes in our minds is what app will these Airlines use on the iPad. Well an American Airlines Pilot has told TechCrunch that AA will be using JeppTC app that is available in the App Store along with extra charts.

ZDNet’s source tells

On Friday, American Airlines is the first airline in the world to be fully FAA approved to use iPads during all phases of flight. Pilots will use iPads as electronic chart and digital flight manual readers. The airline will begin iPad operations on B-777 aircraft, and then implement across all other fleets. By using electronic charts and manuals, the safety and efficiency on the flight deck is significantly enhanced. Both the iPad I and the iPad II have been approved for use. Other airlines such as United, Alaska, and UPS are also reviewing this potential, but none have been approved to conduct flight operations in all phases of flight except American. This FAA approval cumulates the results from a 6 month test period whereby American flew thousands of hours with iPads to test and evaluate the product.

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