Aug 24, 2011

United Airlines Launches Paperless Flight Deck With iPad

FIRST NETWORK CARRIER TO INTRODUCE PAPERLESS AERONAUTICAL NAVIGATION CHARTS; MOVE ENHANCES EFFICIENCY, SAVES FUEL, IMPROVES SAFETY

CHICAGO, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) today announced that it is converting to paperless flight decks and deploying 11,000 iPads to all United and Continental pilots. The electronic flight bags (EFB) replace paper flight manuals, and as a first for major network carriers, provide pilots with paperless aeronautical navigational charts through an iPad app. Distribution of iPads began earlier this month, and all pilots will have them by year end.

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"The paperless flight deck represents the next generation of flying," said Captain Fred Abbott, United's senior vice president of flight operations. "The introduction of iPads ensures our pilots have essential and real-time information at their fingertips at all times throughout the flight."

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2 comments:

DeAnn said...

My son told me that a battery is being developed to extend the "life" ... It will be in the smart cover. I love it for the IFR plates ... And everything else (except posting photos).

Heard today that an app will interface it to your computer too ... There are so many amazing apps!

Anonymous said...

I guess paperless cockpit is much cleaner...but I would be really cautious about using solely electronic version of charts.