American Airlines Pilots can now use iPads in cockpits, will play Flight Control like a pro

Pilots from American Airlines can now use iPads in the cockpit.

Published Thu, Dec 15 2011 3:31 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:30 PM CST

Usually when in a plane, all electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and the like, are required to be turned off. Including the cockpit and its pilots. Not for American Airlines pilots in the cockpit, who have now been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use electronics, and more specifically, iPads in the cockpit.

American Airlines Pilots can now use iPads in cockpits, will play Flight Control like a pro |

The FAA announced on Tuesday that American Airlines pilots in the cockpit will no longer require the use of paper-based flight manuals during those times, and could now use Apple iPads instead.The FAA came to this decision after they conducting a test of the use of electronics in the cockpit, in an effort to potentially replace the use of paper manuals and charts.

Some are left wondering why the FAA didn't run the same tests for passengers, which would see passengers having the ability to use their electronic devices before and after takeoff, instead of having to wait until the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet before the use of electronics is allowed. The New York Times called the rule that passengers needed to wait until the plane reached 10,000 feet "outdated," and even bought up the idea that the rule may just be used to keep passengers' attention during takeoff and landing announcements.

I can personally say I've kept my smartphone on before, the same rule applies to hospitals. Name a single plane or hospital electronic device that has failed because someone was playing Angry Birds on their phone or checking out Facebook?

The FAA responded to critics of the new rule by saying that only two iPads will be allowed in the cockpit, one for each pilot. The FAA says:

This involves a significantly different scenario for potential interference than unlimited passenger use, which could involve dozens or even hundreds of devices at the same time.

Also, the included picture is awesome. Alec Baldwin is a boss and rocks that moustache.


Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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