POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 6:46pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 10:14am
tyler — Recently American Airlines announced it's pilots will no longer use paper navigational charts.
Soon, they will all be using iPads.
The first thing I thought was "what going to happen if the power in those things go out?
A Seattle newspaper reports, the electronic swap of manuals, maps, and charts into a thin handheld device will save 35 pounds of paper and therefore $1.2 million worth of fuel each year.
But, that brings this question to bear that I heard on a Denver radio station last week.
Every time you and I fly, we have to turn off all electronic devices. We're told this messes with the planes navigational system.
Really? Now the pilots are using them. Are they going to screw up their own navigating.
We're told that using cell phones and iPads below 10,000 feet is dangerous for the planes equipment.
But then talk show host John Caldera took phone calls from pilots that all said this is ridiculous.
Planes have triplicate electronic systems. Yes, during the analog days those phones could cause trouble. But we don't use them any more.
The pilots agree with the host, the electronic device turnoff rule was all handed down from NTSB and FAA, the federal government.
There is no explanation. Just, shut up and do what we say. It's control. The feds love control, whether it's needed or not.
That is what this antiquated rule is all about.
Now, the pilots can play Angry Birds and show vacation pictures in the cockpit.
You still have to read your paperback book.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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