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Pilots make good use of iPads

December 7, 2010, 10:25 am

Airplanes are often thought of as the epitome of technological advancement. However, some pilots are using a tool popular with people from many walks of life to help fly.

Houston's KHOU news station reports some pilots are using Apple's iPad to navigate terrain. As long as the technology is used as a secondary tool, the iPad gets a nod from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the station.

Private pilot Jeff Curl told the news provider how he uses the tool to help fly.

"I can see the route structure and see what kind of rate I want to file, I can also pull up my radar and see I don't want to go straight, I've got a huge line of thunderstorms," said Curl.

A Huffington Post article describes other uses for the iPad that make pilots appear to be less creative. The website says some people have used the tool to make everything ranging from music to salsa.

While an iPad can be a helpful tool, it's important for pilots to still stay focused on the task at hand. A dangerous situation can arise when one isn't paying attention to the skies.

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