Delta Investigating iPad for Cockpit Use

Posted by at 11:25 am on March 7, 2011

Delta Air Lines is seeking approval to test the iPad and other tablets beginning next quarter, according to spokeswoman Gina Laughlin. The Federal Aviation Administration only recently approved the use of the iPad instead of paper charts or electronic flight bags (EFBs). Although EFBs may offer some of the advantages of tablets, they can weigh as much as 18 pounds versus the iPad 1’s 1.5 or the iPad 2’s 1.3.

Delta may be poised to become the first major airline to adopt tablets for its pilots. The only authorized airline to date is Executive Jet, and the only other one testing the iPad is Alaska Airlines, which has 116 planes. Delta, by contrast, is the second-largest carrier in the world.

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