Nobody's suggesting otherwise. The fact still remains that it is the iPad that has been chosen in this instance and it is the iPad alone that right now has this capability.
His anti-Apple comments aside, you have no idea what goes on in the cockpit either.
And there is a huge difference between an iPad and an Electronic Flight Bag certified for the deck. I, sincerely hope this isn't AA cheaping out.
What worries me is that it's getting quite dangerous when Apple portrays this device (like they did in the keynote) as something that's widely used in aviation. It's leading to situations where some morons are actually substituting authorized maps for iPads and getting into trouble (they've had ADIZ violations in DC from a guy using a map on an iPad).
I am sure you will agree that it is the responsibility of the pilot and his employer to ensure they meet the legal requirements of the area in which they are flying etc. I don't think it's reasonable to criticise Apple for being proud of the fact that one of their devices runs an FAA-approved application which seems popular amongst pilots. The FFA's raison d'être is ensure that such things are safe. If they can approve it, who are we to say it's not safe with less to go on?
I don't know what cockpit the different AA jets have, but a big concern when certifying flight displays in readability in sunlight and such. They design cockpits with ergonomics in mind and avionics with usability and readability in mind.
I wonder about the merits of having an iPad strapped to your lap instead of an integrated EFB with a proper moving map display capable of showing approach overlays.
Why is an iPad incapable of showing a moving map with approach overlays?
I don't care what the fanboys say.
I'd be pissed if I worked for American and they gave me an iPad instead of a certified EFB. WTF?
And what I really don't get is, why an iPad? That app is essentially a collection of PDFs. If they're going to hand out PDF readers, why not just give me people cheaper tablets.
You are completely contradicting yourself. You aren't happy that an iPad is replacing your EFB but you think they should use a cheaper tablet as it's just a PDF reader? You seem to be criticising the choice of an iPad as it's not of the same quality as an EFB then suggesting something cheaper even than an iPad be used.
It's a big worry. Consumer rubbish has no place in the cockpit.
I'm a pilot - the cockpit is a place where everything is perfectly designed, perfectly reliable and responds immediately to commands, exactly as intended.
The iPad is far from this. I can think of nothing worse than battling with a flaky consumer device (freezing, apps quitting, et al) while trying to fly the plane.
One little "flake-out" and the plane (and people/structures on the ground) are at risk. I don't have time to battle with device resets or force-quitting or "Please verify your iTunes account password" when I'm trying to intercept the glide slope! Is this a joke?
I won't take to the air without the paper! Sorry - no way. Thankfully, I don't work for American.
I'm all for electronic maps, but they've got to be on a specialised device that is as reliable as the flight avionics. And the display quality has got to be capable of displaying the detail we need - something like a 4HD Barco display.
Your point loses power with your second sentence; the iPad is not consumer rubbish. It is extremely well put together and contains powerful hardware running an FAA-approved piece of software. To call it flakey is ridiculous. I'm not being a fanboy, I just cannot support such an epic exaggeration. Freezing? Running one app? Apps quitting, you mean one app? I'd certainly like to think that no member of the flight crew will be playing Angry Birds as they pilot a $300m aircraft.
I think bringing up iTunes passwords (whilst quite amusing) is simply facetious. What sequence of events would ever cause that to happen using this device for this purpose? The only time your password is ever asked for is when making purchases from the App Store or making in-app purchases, both of which I'd imagine wouldn't be on your landing checklist.
As for Barco displays, only their 17" and above equipment seems to have a resolution higher than the iPad's from what I could see with a quick scan. Granted, they are sunlight-readable but let's not pretend the iPad's screen is some dot-matrix Amstrad monitor by comparison.