FAA approves use of iPads

Pilots won’t have to rely on old-school paper maps and charts anymore, moving into the age of the tablet. That’s because the FAA has approved iPads for pilots to use for cockpit documentation. The rule only applies to pilots for charter company Executive Jet Management at the moment, but now that they’re allowed to do it, look for commercial pilots to follow suit before too long. It’s great news for pilots who have traditionally had to lug around 20 pounds of charts with them, but potentially bad news for passengers who will have to deal with pilots distracted by Angry Birds. It’s a tradeoff, I guess.

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