More than 70 American Airlines flights have been delayed in the past two days after an iPad app used by pilots crashed.
One passenger told the business news site Quartz: "The pilot came on and said that his first mate's iPad powered down unexpectedly, and his had too, and that the entire 737 fleet on American had experienced the same behaviour.
An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed the issue: “Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software app on pilot Apple iPads. In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wi-Fi connection to fix the issue. We apologise for the inconvenience to our customers.
In 2013, American Airlines became the first airline to have its pilots rely on iPads for flight plans and navigation. Plans get updated all the time, so the company cut down on lots of excess paper. The airline has estimated the paperless program saves the company at least
400,000 gallons of fuel every year. In all, 8,000 iPads replaced 24 million pages of documents.Posted by: Date:
Friday, May 1st, 2015
|if there ipads are anything like my ipad ill never fly again ...|
that scares me that there depending so much on there ipads for flight .
what next pilots can fly there planes by never leaving there home
on there PlayStation 4 ???
|posted by (2015-05-01 16:27:25)|
|For GODS Sake ... learn the use of the correct homophones.|
Their = denotes ownership ('Their home', 'Their planes', etc)
They're = a shortened form of They Are ('They're depending on it', etc)
There = all OTHER uses
|Hi-larious. Be fair though as without Wikipedia they might not know the location of the destination airport. I hava always said that its a brave man that puts his safety in the hands of shoddy commercial software. My rubbish laptop sits for minutes sometimes trying to surf Google. Put it in the driving seat of a 747 and youve got the basis for a great comedy.|
|posted by (2015-05-01 17:42:30)|
|@Crash1 You forgot to tell him that there is no need for space before a full stop or question mark, and you start a sentence with a capital letter.|
|posted by (2015-05-01 17:55:02)|
|Tech controlled flight? No pilot? Do iPods commit suicide? Do they count electric sheep to help them sleep? What a brave new world we livin' in. My trees liked the part about saving paper and destroying a bit less ozone with the fuel that didn't get burned.|
|posted by (2015-05-01 23:03:22)|
|Do Android devices dream of electric sheep? (Sorry Philip K Dick)|
|@Crash1 + @Daewoo: Poor grammar is rampant in this day & age amongst anyone with anything along the lines a mere public school education. I even notice it on many journalistic websites, and to see that airline pilots are having to rely on an iPad to navigate their flights only goes to prove that the education system in western civilization is Engineered for the "dumbing down" of the masses. Pilots are meant to have a certain level of education and also goes to show that the fact that they require an IOS device in order to fly a plane shows that they have not learned the fundamentals of flight or navigation. When i obtained my light aircraft license the fundamentals were required reading and you had to pass the exams with a score of 98/100 as a minimum. These pilots who can't navigate without an iPad? well.. there's no way i will fly an airliner ever again knowing that there are stupid people in the cockpit...|
|i dont think its the pilots it just that they rely on the information they are gettig from the device, without it or the paper version how can they expect to do there job ? its like telling a truck driver ok heres your load get it delivered....... oh sorry we have no paperwork telling you exactley where you need to take the cargo lol.......although it seems like they should still have the paper version ready to be used as a backlup plan in case something like this does happen|
|posted by (2015-05-02 17:30:35)|
|@ KingTubby Maybe you should try and read and understand the article first before you call anyone stupid. One IPad instead of millions of papers for flightplans is dumbing it down? Should we stop commenting online and write a letter instead? (remember stamps) And it doesn't say anywhere that they don't know how to fly without it. Bnow they do use them so maybe they don't get the stupid paper anymore? (and before you try your very best to correct my comma errors, im not english, and i won't be back)|
|I cannot see the problem, rookies 're rookies as long as they don't get suicidal or crash when their too concentrating on their ipads or what is expected from their perception membrancez onto sheep that are dreaming that they are androids, I would say, yes.|
|And it's an iPad, imagine if they have an Android or a Windows device ... it will be more scary|
|posted by (2015-05-04 20:43:04)|
|hahaha lets get on here n bitch about grammar... really? who gives a shit, this is the internet. ohh look no caps plus i spelled and as jus an 'n' :0|
|Okay, let's see.....a 737 costs how many millions of dollars? And there's (Correct homophone used, Grammar Nazis. ) no computer on-board that can display flight plans? That can't be right. Most ridiculous thing I ever heard.|
|Fly by wire and navigate by Apple IOS no wonder planes go missing and end up in the sea or crashed into things,where are the real navigators and pilots who could fly with the use of a sextant and use a slide rule to navigate and work out fuel for flights,think I`ll be taking the slow path rather than risk my life on an IPad.There comes a point whereby dumbing down society for political control becomes detrimental to the peoples welfare and this is a prime example.|
|So following the links the `“No iOS Zone” Bug Can Cripple Apple Devices`seems to apply and time people woke up to the fact that reliance on apps when lives are at stake is not smart at all,personally I`d rather have trees cut down to save lives and would see a competent air crew in charge of passengers lives not a crew of monkeys dictated to by 3rd party Apps.|
|they shouldn't be allowed to entrust lives on ipads or any apple devives.|
they are probably not even FAA approved for that use.
|posted by (2015-05-06 23:33:29)|
|The flight plan binders for any airline are bulky and use A WHOLE SUITCASE that weights between 20 to 35 pounds (regarding the comment about the iPad weight vs a "few sheets"). You can look yourself at this suitcase, that contains ONLY FOUR flight plans (https://lifesflightplan.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/inside-kit-bag.jpg). You need a different binder for every one-way flight, so a tablet device literally saves hundreds of pounds-weight in jet fuel, daily, per plane. For your information, also, the original iPad is the ONLY tablet device certified by the Federal Aviation Administration up to this day, and from hundreds of thousands of daily flights that take-off and land every day, only 70 failed (for the first time, also) because they forgot to update the required app (an IT error from the airline). The error was corrected in less than an hour. Some of my best friends are pilots for that particular airline, and cringe when they see articles like this one.|
|posted by (2015-05-09 14:15:50)|
|I wont fly American again..... f...g dangerous||
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