iPads in Delta Cockpits—Soon, if Federal Approval is Won

With some charter pilots now using iPad apps in lieu of paper maps, could the larger commercial airlines start relying on iOS to guide the way? Delta could start using the Boeing app before summer, according to their spokesperson.

Approval is still being sought by the regulators, but considering Federal Aviation Administration had no problem with Executive Jet Management using the app, it's highly possible our flights of the near-future will be guided by iOS apps (as well as the traditional electronic flight bags, which are aviation-style computers that weigh 12 times as much as an iPad.)

Before the Android fans get on their high horse about yet another iOS-only app, Jeppesen, which is behind the Boeing app, is also working on an Android version which should be out this year. [Bloomberg]