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American Airlines pilots could use iPads as early as Friday


The FAA has given the nod to American Airlines to start using iPads in flight cockpits as early as Friday, a ZDNet source informed the site. American Airlines conducted a test program in June, which started with electronic charts and moved to replacing paper books and charts.

A pilot told TechCrunch that they will be using JeppTC, a flight-chart app. While anyone can download the app, licensed pilots have access to extra charts.

The iPads will be used on B-777 aircraft, then will expand the program to more flights. ZDNet also was told that United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and UPS are evaluating using iPads in the cockpit. Delta is studying it as well, however they're looking to use an Android product instead of the iPad.

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