June 26, 2013

Pilots Welcome iPads Into the Flight Deck

Our pilots already use some incredible technology, and now we’re adding iPads to the tools they will have available in the flight deck.

No, they won’t be playing Angry Birds in the cockpit, but the cool technology they’ll be able to see before and during a flight will help them be even better pilots.

Every pilot is getting trained to use the three apps core to their job – real-time weather, pre-flight planning and digital airport and aircraft charts. Add the super-fast capability of satellite Wi-Fi enabled by LiveTV to download all that information, and our pilots will soon have the fastest access in the air.

The iPads will replace laptops and a whole mound of paper manuals and charts. Less paper means less weight on the plane, and less fuel burned. It’s all good all around.

The upgraded technology is better for our customers too. With the new iPads, our pilots will be able to see real-time updates during the flight, and adjust course to make it an even smoother flight for everyone.

The FAA first approved the use of tablets in 2011. As fleet programs and technology evolves further, additional iPad applications may be implemented like instrument approach and taxiway charts.

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