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    Steve Brecher

    "In the future, I’d like to see interfaces that let you display nearby aircraft on the iPad. Data could conceivable come from an interface cable from a mode-S transponder or a panel mounted traffic awareness system (TAS)."

    By future I guess you mean a future version of the iPad which would have a means to connect such devices?

    Mike miley

    I agree with the "wait for the 3G" if you want gps, but a celular contract is NOT required unless you want to use the 3g network. So, you could get the 3G model with gps for the additional cost of the unit but then have no data plan costs if wifi is all you need.

    Ed Hilton

    Is it permissible to use the iPad in the airplane with 3G? I have many aviation apps on my iPhone, but I turn it off before flight - as my instructor told me to do so.


    Max Trescott

    Steve, there's a connector at the bottom of the iPad for connecting to your computer and synching files. I was thinking of future cables that might connect through it.
    Mike, nice to hear from you. See you at OSH? It hadn't occurred to me that you wouldn't have to get a data plan. That would certainly save the monthly fee. Presumably you could still download new apps by connecting it to your home PC through iTunes.
    Ed, it's certainly not legal to have 3G on when you're in an airliner. Years ago, ham radio operators were told that they could operate in an airliner with the permission of the captain and I remember doing that once. Presumably, the captain of a small plane--you--could authorize use of 3G in your plane. But regardless, I don't think it would do you much good anyway--cell ohones just don't work well at higher altitudes since they light up too many cell towers and the system has a way of figuring that out and locking the phone out from the system.


    Regarding interfaces for things like traffic, etc, there is an ADS-B hardware/software combination for the iPhone that provides traffic (TIS style), weather, etc.


    I'm sure they are hard at work on an iPad version.


    Connecting to the cell phone infrastructure (3G) is regulated by the FCC and has more to do with system design and functionality, not the effect on avionics, etc. The pilot does not have discretion over this rule and it seems unlikely this will change in the near future.

    John M. White, ATP


    We keep adding more and more things to our flight bags and cockpits. I wonder at what point enough is enough?

    Sometimes I wonder if we pilots don't get overloaded with so much information that we lose track of what we are doing and don't get to enjoy just flying the airplane.

    John (JetAviator7)
    Internet Publisher


    ipad app development

    is it oke to turn on ipad on airplane, I am scare if I turn on ipad, it could be disturb navigation system of pilot


    An iPad has quickly replaced a lot of separate pubs in my flight bag.

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