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Possibility of iPads In Cockpits Sparks Fierce Debate Among Pilots

• Julie Beck via

Alaska Airlines's recent adoption of iPads into plane cockpits has sparked a debate among pilots as to whether replacing paper manuals with the tablet is really a good idea. In one of the most demanding spaces in any job, the digital vs. paper argument takes on a whole new level of importance.

The debate got going when one pilot called the iPad “consumer rubbish” and expressed concern over the iPad’s reliability in the cockpit. This sparked a response in the comments section of a piece at Network World from a staunch iPad supporter who called the device a “game changer.” Using the iPad is highly preferable to flipping through papers to find a navigational aid, according to the second pilot, who also points out that an iPhone can serve as a backup program should the iPad fail during flight.


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Comment by Ed Price
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And we hope the pilots still remember how to use the paper manual when the iPhone fails... that is, if they can find one.

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