toggle

AAPL Stock: 118.8 ( + 1.2 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

JetBlue to adopt iPads for in-cockpit use

updated 11:44 am EDT, Wed June 26, 2013

To replace notebooks and paper-based flight bags

US airline JetBlue has announced plans to adopt iPads for in-cockpit use. Pilots will be trained on the use of three "core" apps, which will provide real-time status updates and eventually eliminate the need to carry flight bags based on laptops and paper charts and manuals. For Internet access the iPads will connect to a satellite service provided by LiveTV.

The transition is as much about profit margins as helping pilots or passengers. Because current flight bags are so heavy, JetBlue says it expects to drop weight on its aircraft, in turn resulting in less fuel consumption. Whereas an iPad weighs less than 1.5 pounds, a standard flight bag can easily weigh 35-40 pounds.

The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed iPads as electronic flight bags since 2011. JetBlue mentions that the FAA could approve iPads for instrument approach and taxiway charts in the near future.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

IDrive cloud backup and sync service

There are a lot of cloud services out there, and nearly all of them can be used for backing up key files and folders. A few dedicated ...

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

MaxUpgrades 512GB Retina MacBook Pro SSD

Apple's Retina line of MacBook Pro notebooks have been impressive, right from their debut in 2012. Thinner than the previous model, t ...

toggle

Most Commented