FAA Approves the Use of iPads by Pilots in the Cockpit

Image from American Airlines via CNN.

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that pilots on board American Airlines can use iPads in the cockpit and ditch dated paper flight manuals, even during takeoff and landing. Beginning Friday, pilots will be able to use the tablet, but even if you catch a glimpse of your captain playing Angry Birds, it doesn’t mean that it is OK for you to use an iPad during takeoff and landing—the FAA will continue to enforce the no-electronics rule while the plane’s below 10,000 feet. The FAA is also assuring passengers that the use of iPads in the cockpit will not cause any interference, stating: “rigorous testing of any electronic device proposed for use in the cockpit” is being done. [CNN]

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