Pilot and Wife Use Their iPads to Crash-land Plane

Pilot and Wife Use Their iPads to Crash-land Plane

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After their plane's electrical systems failed, a pilot and his wife used their iPads to fly 80 miles in the dark and crash-land at the Rapid City Regional Airport.

The couple were flying their single-engine propeller plane to Wisconsin from Wyoming on Friday night. The plane suffered a full electrical-system failure after which airspeed and altitude were the only instruments available.

The couple was not able to alert traffic controllers that they were entering Rapid City airspace and, without landing gear, the pilot landed the plane on its belly on a less-used runway. The plane skidded to a stop and officials say sparks were shooting from the bottom of the fuselage.

"He had to be a super good pilot," said Department Battalion Chief Tim Daly.

Officials have yet to investigate the incident and it will likely be awhile before the plane can fly again.

[via BI]

Pilot and Wife Use Their iPads to Crash-land Plane
[Not Actual Plane]

JonnySchlong - February 11, 2015 at 11:39am
Wonder will the outcome be had he used a s-note or s-tablet :)
Tony69 - February 9, 2015 at 5:33pm
It's called Foreflight (or Garmin Pilot, or FlyQ, etc). Moving maps, terrain warning, airport information, etc. It's Google maps for aviators and doesn't require cellular data (though need the cellular ipad for the GPS). If he had cell service though, he could've used his iPhone to call the tower and communicate that way (yes air lawyers, you're not supposed to operate cell devices in flight, but this was an emergency & he didn't have any power so no worries with interference).
JonnySchlong - February 9, 2015 at 5:13am
luckily it was an ipad with cellular data connectivity, if it was the wi-fi only version ....
Fredpl - February 9, 2015 at 4:26am
Maybe they used the flashlight setting??
Technic 4Sho - February 9, 2015 at 2:59am
When it counted, always depend on Apple!! Maybe that should be the lead to this story? ;)
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