Originally Posted by Xanthia01
Do you, or am I the only pilot here?
No it is not. A managed and controlled built-in system is - similar to that available on the 777/787/A380/A350 et al. This sort of system:
* Doesn't depend on charging
* Cannot be dropped or damaged
* Is built from professional-grade parts
* Ergonomics are well-thought out
* The software and hardware are tuned to work together - so every aspect of performance is predictable and reliable
and most importantly
* Is managed and controlled. Every update and every parameter is stringintely monitored, tracked, tested and released according to best-practice methods.
You really don't seem to understand exactly what these are going to be used for.
I need to be able to take it with me at the end of the day. It can't be bolted to the airplane.
It's NOT a navigation device.... Just a chart/manual display device.
It's not a moving map display.... That functionality is built into the FMS and MFD's.
This is a way for me to carry around all the manuals and charts and other reference materials that I'm required to have.... Without lugging around 50 lbs of paper.
Easier to update than paper... And no missing pages.
It's not part of the airplane, it's an electronic replacement for paper manuals and charts. The testing you mention is not required... It only needs to be approved by the FAA (for each airlines ops-spec) to replace all the paper...
It's not replacing normal or emergency checklists, it's not a navigation device, there will be paper backups available.... Come visit us in the 21st century, please.