Forty-pound flight bags are a thing of the past—thanks to the iPad. The days of pilots carrying maps and navigational materials are coming to an end, and the days of using mobile computing technology instead, have dawned. Western Michigan University's College of Aviation is on the leading edge of that change.
The College has entered a licensing agreement with ForeFlight LLC, a leader in the development of mobile apps for pilots.
With ForeFlight's app, pilots have access to weather maps, instrument procedures, and a host of other vital navigational and flight-planning information—on an iPad that weighs less than two pounds.
The Federal Aviation Administration is in the process of approving the use of tablet computers to replace flight bags, in an increasingly large number of corporate and commercial flight organizations—and they are quickly gaining acceptance in the industry.
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WMU NEWS — WMU AVIATION STUDENTS TO USE LEADING-EDGE iPAD TECHNOLOGY