December 15, 2011
FAA OK’s iPads In Airplane Cockpits, Still Not OK For You In The Back
We have all heard it uttered over the intercom while waiting for a flight, “Please turn off all electronic devices while the plane is taking off”.
But now, American Airlines pilots have been testing iPads in the cockpit on a trial basis, FAA spokesman Les Dorr tells PCMag. With that, ZDNet.com reporter Jason D. O´Grady says American Airlines “is the first airline in the world to be fully FAA approved to use iPads during all phases of flight.”However, starting today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the green light for pilots to use Apple iPads in the cockpit, even during takeoff and landing, replacing reams of maps, paperwork and forms that follow modern airflight.
At this time use of the iPad during all phases of flight is restricted to American Airlines pilots specifically flying the twin-engine Boeing 777. Hank Putek, an American Airlines captain who serves on the safety committee of the Allied Pilots Association, welcomed the FAA move and described the iPad as a “real safety enhancer” on the flight deck.
“There´s a significant improvement in situational awareness,” Putek told Chris Lefkow of AFP.
Use of the tablet computers will be restricted to the pilots in the cockpit and all network connections must be switched off. Rules for passenger use of electronic devices will still be prohibited during takeoff and landing, reports Amy Willis for the Los Angeles Times.
The logic behind this, an FAA spokesman explains, is because, “This involves a significantly different scenario for potential interference than unlimited passenger use, which could involve dozens or even hundreds of devices at the same time.”
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