Bye Bye to paper flight charts as now the FAA has given a thumbs up for a flight charter company to begin using the iPad as alternate to paper charts.They prefer iPad as the device is much easier and more efficient for pilots to keep tabs on their flight charts while on the ground and in the air.
As for now the privilege is only applies to Executive Jet Management but the move will no doubt make waves in the aviation space as more aviation companies will adopt the iPad as a paper replacement. The device has been popular among pilots since it debuted last year but so far they’ve only been able to use it for reference and other unofficial tasks.
According to charter company, they had tested the iPad in 10 aircraft across 250 flights to make sure it wouldn’t interfere with sensitive electronic flight instruments onboard. They deemed the iPad “extremely stable” during testing without a single crash and added that if there ever were a system crash, the app could be up and running “in 4-6 seconds from re-launch to previous state”.