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Jet Blue’s 2,500 Pilots have FAA Approval and Welcome Apple iPads Into the Flight Deck โญโญโญโญ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ

June 27, 2013

Jet Blue’s 2,500 Pilots have FAA Approval and Welcome Apple iPads Into the Flight Deck.

JetBlue is the latest airline to ditch its flight manuals for iPads. The budget airline received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to give its pilots custom-equipped iPads to replace heavy paper manuals and serve real-time information to the cockpit during the flight.

Over 60 pilots have been involved during the trial phases of JetBlueโ€™s iPad program, but JetBlue will give all 2,500 pilots a fourth-gen 16GB Wifi-only iPad. The company has been approved to use PC-based laptops in the cockpit for 10 years now, but the company says the iPad will offer new capabilities as JetBlue implements Ka-Band satellite Wifi.

Weโ€™ve seen a number of airlines embrace the iPad over the last few years, as the tablet saves airlines money on paper as well as fuel costs, but JetBlueโ€™s senior VP of operations, Jeff Martin, says his companyโ€™s iPad program will help improve the customer experience too.

โ€œWe are one step closer to a paperless cockpit. The iPads will have real-time weather capability and the ability to update safety and flight documents securely. We expect to add digital chart capability, once it is approved. Our pilots will have the fastest real-time images in the air.

Pilots will be able to make decisions to help improve the customer experience, such as having a more robust weather briefing that can be used to update customers during the flight about what to expect en route.โ€

Our pilots already use some incredible technology, and now weโ€™re adding iPads to the tools they will have available in the flight deck. No, they wonโ€™t be playing Angry Birds in the cockpit, but the cool technology theyโ€™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 โ€“ 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 PC laptops and a 40 pound mound of paper manuals and charts. Less paper means less weight on the plane, and less fuel burned. Itโ€™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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