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  •  Hey, look at it this way... (3+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, PeterHug, Simplify

    ...all the time you don't have to spend playing with charts, cardboard computers, calculators and plates is time you can concentrate on piloting the plane.  These things are an absolute godsend, especially if (as in  VTCC73's story) things get hairy.

    Plus, it gives you a vastly greater reaction time to external events, be it conflicting traffic, sudden storms, some venthole with a transceiver screwing up your NAV fix, etc.

    •  Exactly... (3+ / 0-)
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      PeterHug, ArchTeryx, Simplify

      I forgot to mention that it also includes full approach plates, and handles them automatically.

      For years and years, instrument pilots and the psychologists/human-factors engineers/pilots have said that the best set of instruments from the pilots' point of view is a virtual view out the cockpit window. This does that.

      I can see why the airlines want iPads in place of the paper charts (weight/cost savings), and why it's an extremely good thing for the pilots, too (convenience, speed, safety).

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