The tablets are being used as electronic flight bags, with access to charts and manuals.

Delta Airlines has provided 22 iPads for its pilots to test as electronic flight bags (EFB) before take-off and when they are above 10,000 feet in the air. The iPads provide flight charts, equipment manuals and Wi-Fi, and it’s hoped they will boost communication between the flight and ground crews so they can more effectively deal with flight path changes, weather problems and emergencies. Each device comes loaded with an identical suite and the pilots are able to download additional apps that customise the product and lend to Delta’s capabilities. The iPads will be tested in the skies until September, when they will be replaced by a number of Motorola XOOMs.

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