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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2770 times:

I've seen airline pilots using laptops during pre-flight. I have several questions regarding this procedure. What airlines use laptops (and for what aircraft)? What are they used for? Are the laptops directly connected to the aircraft? Do the airlines install special software? Any information about this practice is appreciated.

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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

I'm sure there are probably others, but Fedex and SWA both use the OPS system made by the folks below:


The laptops (ours anyways) are Fujitsu laptops with a pen/mouse and a touch-sensitive screen. There is a charging cradle in the cockpit.

At the link above, there's a demo of the system, plus lots of pictures...

User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

The laptop is issued to each flight crewmember for link with the company, for many different purposes - we use it at home or in hotels, not only for flight documents but for all type of company communications...
(s) Skipper

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2720 times:

Yep....instant communication with HQ's from anywhere. Geez...i wonder how pilots survived before the Computer Age!!!! Guess they had to have plenty of Quarters on hand for the pay phones! LOL


Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineJeff G From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 449 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2704 times:

JetBlue also uses OPS. We run it on issued laptops that stay with the pilot, though, not the airplane. So far the laptop is not directly linked to the airplane. It may happen someday, but that's a ways down the road.

We're also specifically authorized to use the laptops in flight (above 10000 ft, of course, or in an emergency), since they're loaded with company manuals, aircraft manuals, MEL, etc. We don't have paper copies of any of that. Only the checklist and QRH are on paper. And most company communications are through email. The Jepp charts are paper, but supposedly something is in the works to change that, too. It'll be nice to do away with revisions entirely.

It's not quite a true electronic flight bag, but it's a huge step in the right direction. For now, I'll settle for having all of our gates wired with wireless net access. It's already available in some places, but not everywhere. It's a neat way to get a quick check of rapidly changing weather, for instance. Or just check messages on airliners.net.  Big grin

User currently offline744rules From Belgium, joined Mar 2002, 408 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

EVA and finnair use laptops/palmtops to compute runway analysis.
SV MD11 have got all maintenance manuals/mel/cdl stored in a laptop on board

User currently offlineLymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1140 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

Similarly to what Jeff G said, Comair is apparently also studying the use of laptop-based approach plates. Within 5 years, it'll be commonplace.

buhh bye
User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

A laptop cost the company some $1,300 a piece...
My company phone bill monthly was $500 - I dont know about theirs calls...
They say their monthly cost for web is $100 per crewmember...
And we get it all, from Jeppesens, to flight plan, to flight attendant schedule changes...
And me keeping in touch with wife for shopping list...
(s) Skipper

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