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iPad errors delay American Airlines flights

By Justin Kahn
Apr 29, 2015
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    Over the years, many industries have swapped out paper records and briefings for electronic ones, and the airlines are no exception. Over that time, American Airlines has flipped its pilot’s Kitbag materials out in favor of Apple’s tablets, but the system has recently been giving the airline some issues. As of last night, certain American Airline flights were grounded/delayed due to some kind of app glitch on pilot iPads.

    The previously 30-40 pound package containing a series of documents, operational/company manuals, reference sheets and terminal charts is now much lighter with iPad, but it may not be as stable. Based on reports and details from an official American Airlines statement, some flights were experiencing “software application” problems with iPad, causing flights to be delayed last night. 

    Andrea Huguely from American Airlines said some flights were experiencing an issue with official apps "on pilot iPads" and in some cases were forced to head back to the gate in order to access a Wi-Fi connection before they could take care of it. 

    While it appears the issue has been mostly taken care of at this point, Huguely said the airline is investigating the cause of the error. Americn Airlines was the first major airline to get FAA approval for the use of iPads across the entire course of a flight, and it now appears to be the first one to have an issue with it.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    The cockpit looks like a hacker's basement, and to be brought down by an iPad glitch is lame :)
     
  3. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 251   +73

    This can be expected, but it could be worse if it happens a a hospital. Apple wants to get into that field, but we won't be hearing if your flight is late, just might find a patient dead from it.
     
  4. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    Its crazy we had a solar flare 150 years ago that knocked out all electronics in North America, we are in no way prepared for that again and it's bound to happen. Yet it's never discussed, why?
     
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,565   +2,373

    The frack are you on about? NatGeo & Science run that apocalypse scenario every Friday night almost. Mainstream news outlets make note of it every time someone other than a weatherman brings up the sun. You couldn't fart in space without...

    Oh, never mind.
     
  6. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 260   +90

    Um...yeah...um...flight...um...we are having a problem with our Crapple's...we keep getting this error that says "does not compute".
     
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,060

    And we're so flippant we think we can always outsmart mothernature. Yeah, we think we are just it.
     
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,565   +2,373

    Solar flares are trivial in the long-run. Disease and space rocks are far more significant threats to humanity than the loss of modern technology. Hence why the CDC et. al. take their work so seriously.

    Flippant on somethings, not so much on others.
     
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,045   +276

    Probably one thing holding crApple back from that market is the FDA. In some ways, the FDA requirements on a life-supporting application are "insane" and by that I mean that they are stringent to an extreme. While crApple can probably afford it, I bet that it is costing them big time to get certified for that market.

    I have to wonder whether the failure is an app failure or if it is something in the os or the pad. If it is either of the latter, this might be a black mark on them for FDA approval.
     
  10. Skewed Input

    Skewed Input TS Rookie Posts: 31   +9

    Why ANY company would EVER support Apple is beyond me.

    California schools spent over $500 million on an iPad rollout, you know how much of a discount Apple gave them per iPad? Nothing.

    I don't hate the products, I hate the disgusting ethics of a company that cares for NOTHING less than profit.
     

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