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I heard iPads may replace hard-copy materials inflight – what are the advantages?

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iPads on Air Canada

I heard iPads may replace hard-copy materials inflight – what are the advantages?
Lisa Kramer, Toronto
A trial run of iPads on Air Canada’s small Airbus fleet is underway by about 25 pilots. Downloaded materials will, hopefully, be used instead of the bulky, heavy books found in the flight deck and carried by pilots. The Boeing 777 already has EFBs (Electronic Flight Bags) that replace the pilots’ hard-copy approach charts and on-board manuals. I love the iPad’s background lighting and ability to make the font bigger, plus chart updating happens in seconds. 


Doug Morris
Doug Morris is an Air Canada pilot and captain on the Airbus A320. Got an aviation question? Send it to askdoug@enroutemag.net.

 

 

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Al Cantera

Sunday, August 28th 2016 21:41
They use Microsoft Surface 3 tablet PCs now. That is more reliable and more productive than old technology iPads.
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