American Airlines Gets FAA Approval to Use iPad During All Phases of Flight

American Airlines Gets FAA Approval to Use iPad During All Phases of Flight

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American Airlines has become the first airline to get FAA approval to use the iPad during all phases of flight, reports ZDNet.

A source told the site that the first iPad-flights are set to take off on Friday.

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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American Airlines Gets FAA Approval to Use iPad During All Phases of Flight

Captain Rogers - December 13, 2011 at 10:50pm
We should all thank Alec Baldwin
Chris R - December 13, 2011 at 10:17pm
Now Alec Baldwin just needs to get an iPad to play "Words with Friends" on. Maybe now Words with Friends will release an iPad version of their app.
Jeff - December 13, 2011 at 9:09pm
Gee! What an amazing coincidence!
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