News iPads to Replace Paper Reference Manuals in All AA Cockpits

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  1. TheMightyS

    TheMightyS ActiveRAIDer

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    The FAA has approved American Airlines to be the first commercial airline to have its pilots use iPads in "all phases of flight," rather than the 35lb paper reference manuals they're used to.
    Based on current fuel prices, The Next Web estimates that this will save the airline some $1.2M annually, across all of its aircraft. This month, AA's 777 fleet will be the first to get the technological upgrade; by the end of this year, all fleet types are expected to have approval for the switch and the paper manuals will cease to be revised.
    This is a huge environmentally friendly move for AA: not only will the ligher tablets save fuel, based on the weight carried by the planes, but they will also save paper, for ever manual printed and revised, company-wide.
    This would also seem to confirm what we've all long suspected: there is really no real risk to having a tablet turned on during take-off.

    source [TNW]
     
  2. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    ^^ As long as there is no wireless communication to and from it, no there isn't any direct risk. However manuals are generally referred to before or after take off and during an emergency.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    As always there would be printed backup manual there as well .. No Pilot will take on chances his plane + 200 people with a Tablet.
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    lol, this is just plain ridiculous. printed material ftw.
     
  5. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Not necessarily. The analog age of aviation was replaced by the digital age. As Solid state electronic grew more stable and more reliable. Currently there are 2-3 indicators only that have been left analog in the thought of absolute last contingencies, however with multiple redundant systems it has become obselete.

    I am sure in the similar manner, there would be more than 1 iPad available to the crew, and the probability of all 3 failing onboard an Aircraft does sound pretty remote.

    Either Apple is getting pretty sad quality control out of China, Or its actually a better move that makes going thru manuals slow and cumbersome.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    There would be additional overhead associated with handling of tablets .. ie keeping them charged and making sure they dont break or get damaged during turbulence.
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    and nuclear attacks too.
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Seriously? Do you stow your tablet away at the first sign of turbulence?

    This will make life simpler. How?

    - Tablets can simply be maintained along with the pre-flight briefing data that is provided to each Pilot. A charging dock can be incorporated on board, and will ensure it remains charged. They can be collected back once the flight is over and updated with any and all updates during the flight.

    - The latest updates/charts/routes can be updated virtually instantly. Rather than waiting for Notams ( Notice to airmen ) coming in manually, and then the cumbersome task of replacing specific pages in the manual with new pages. ( And try doing that across the fleet ).

    - Imagine pinch and zoom for navigation charts! It will make life far easier beyond sheets of papers!

    - Multiple devices can be made available for redundancy/back up.

    - Various tasks can be done/carried out at the same time, and can be quickly switched between.

    - Most Aircraft systems have made Flight Manuals mostly redundant since the system tells you more than you require, however this simply makes them more easier to access, index and to get to a particular chapter.
     
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  9. TheMightyS

    TheMightyS ActiveRAIDer

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    some people here are stuck in the neolithic age...
     
  10. ManISinJpr

    ManISinJpr Want to resurrect.. !!!

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    ^^ Yeah !! that is so true.. ;)
     
  11. kauffmann

    kauffmann The Fountainhead

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    Also airplane specific emergency flight updates (such as glitches, etc.) can be issued by the manufacturer straight to the iPad. This will help pilots keep up-to date with notifications. I remember a malfunction that caused a crash, the pilots were not up-to date with the glitches that were found in the airplane model by the manufacturer.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    The cockpit had enough instruments to keep the pilots informed.

    Sent from my MB525 using Tapatalk 2
     
  13. kauffmann

    kauffmann The Fountainhead

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    Do you even know what you're talking about or you're just saying something for the sake of it?
     
  14. BANHAMMER

    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    he likes to talk.
     
  15. kauffmann

    kauffmann The Fountainhead

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    Yes, I can see that.
     
  16. dbg

    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Yes.. in this case I do have some idea what I'm talking about. The cockpit isnt just a bunch of dials and levers .. It gets (& sends) information from both withing the aircraft and from the ground.

    GE specifically has systems that monitor each of its operational Aircraft Engines .. throughout the world. Any data that the iPad is supposed to display will have to be transmitted by the Aircraft instruments ..
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    [OT]see, there can be a lot of accidents due to ipad because they can sent cute cat pictures on ipad and thus distraction and thus disaster. [\OT]
     
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