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Alaska Airlines' Pilots Bring iPads Into Cockpits, Banned from Playing 'Angry Birds'

March 7, 2011 at 9:41 AM | by | ()

We already knew that the latest and greatest version of the iPad was going to benefit travelers everywhere, but it looks like it will help out those in the front of the plane as well. Alaska Airlines is thinking about sharing the super cool tech with its pilots, but we’re just hoping that Angry Birds will somehow be blocked from the cockpit version of the iPad.

A test group of pilots are getting access to iPads during their flight as a replacement for all those paper charts, laptops, and other documents about how to fly airplanes. Jeppesen—they’re part of Boeing—are the ones responsible for making the cockpit app, but we’re not sure if it’s available through the iTunes store. It sounds like the tests are going well so far, and that the pilots who've had the chance to utilize the iPad love it.

The iPads won’t be passed around the cabin either, so don’t worry about it falling on the ground during takeoff or landing. Alaska Airlines is working on a way to permanently install it right in the cockpit—think cup holder—as soon as they get the go-ahead from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA has warned that all this new technology is for flight stuff only, so pilots have been warned about goofing around with the iPad. We’re thinking that everyone will behave, as no one wants a repeat of those Northwest Airlines pilots that flew too far.

Related Stories:
· Alaska Airlines Testing iPads in Cockpits [Seattle Times]
· How the New iPad 2 Will Definitely Benefit Travelers [Jaunted]
· Airline News coverage [Jaunted]

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