John--- Just saw this tonight in the on-line Wall Street Journal.....
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INTERVIEW: Boeing Pitches iPad-Based Navigation Charts To Airlines
The Wall Street Journal Online ** 10/06/2011
Author: Gaurav Raghuvanshi
<br clear="all" />-- Boeing encouraging airlines to switch to tablet computer-based navigation charts
-- Boeing unit Jeppesen offers charts on Apple's iPad; plans Android application
-- Some U.S.-based airlines have started using iPads for navigation
SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--Boeing Co. (BA) is pitching iPad-based navigation charts to airlines as an alternative to carrying volumes of paper manuals in cockpits as a new generation of pilots that is more comfortable with modern gadgets takes to the skies, a company official said Thursday.
"Everybody's looking at it (in Asia). Nobody's yet pulled the trigger, they're trying to understand the value, trying to close their business case," Sherry Carbary, the vice president for flight services at Boeing
Commercial Aviation Services told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview.
United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) has bought 11,000 units of the device manufactured by Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Alaska Airlines has done away with paper manuals, Carbary said.
Airlines can simply download the application from the iTunes Store of Apple and get instrument charts and airport diagrams from Jeppesen, a Boeing
unit, directly on the iPad. Updates will be automatically added to the application, making the process completely paper-less. Jeppesen will offer similar applications for Android devices in the future.
Jeppesen is the world's biggest navigational information, operations management solutions and flight training products and services provider by number of users. Pilots, ship operators and railway companies use Jeppesen charts and data for navigation.
Carbary, who oversees Boeing
's flight crew, maintenance and cabin safety training as also navigation and crew operations services, said pilots can use the tablet computer in their "down time" while on the flight deck to refresh themselves on the latest updates to manuals or for training.
"From a pilot's perspective, you can be much more productive because you can not only look at your navigation charts while you are flying...you can go and review your manuals. So, you could actually even do some of your training while you are flying," she said. "That's the philosophy and a lot of airlines are looking at it."
Boeing, which has forecast the global airline industry will need about 460,000 pilots and 650,000 technical staff over the next 20 years, is seeking to do away with paper-based training where possible.
"We're trying to change from a paper-based training methodology in a classroom. For example the 787 was our first step into all digital. You can actually take it (training material) to your hotel room or home and do some of the training," Carbary said.