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JetBlue pilots are being trained to use the iPad for three key functions

by Doug Drinkwater

June 26 2013

JetBlue will train pilots to use the iPad for weather information, flight planning and for checking airport charts
JetBlue will train pilots to use the iPad for weather information, flight planning and for checking airport charts

As yet another sign that Apple’s iPad is pretty big in aviation right now, U.S. airline JetBlue has confirmed that it is training its pilots to use the tablet with three “core” apps.

Announcing the news on its official blog, the company said that all pilots will be trained in using the iPad for real-time weather, pre-flight planning and for checking digital airport and aircraft charts.

Pilots will have access to satellite Wi-Fi enabled by LiveTV, which JetBlue says will enable them to download all the relevant information.

The airline says that the iPad will replace laptops and a “whole mound of paper manuals and charts”, something it expects to make for less weight on the plane and less burned fuel.

It’s been a busy few days regarding tablet use up in the skies.

American Airlines announced on Monday that it intends to use iPads in all cockpits, with Dutch airline KLM revealing one day later it intends to deploy thousands of the iOS tablets to pilots and cabin crew.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is reportedly considering relaxing restrictions on eReader and tablet use during take-off.

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