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United Express Flight From SFO Delayed Because Pilot Forgets His iPad

A United Express pilot flying from San Francisco to Burbank stunned passengers on Saturday when he said that the flight would be delayed while he returned home to get his iPad. ( More...

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Larry Toler 5
Sounds trivial, but with pilots going paperless, I'm pretty sure his iPad probably had most of his essential documentation.
ToddBaldwin3 5
That would be the equivalent of leaving his flight bag at home.
Was thinking the same thing.
dnorthern 0
If that is the case the pilot
Is irresponsible and should face some form of disciplinary action.
Larry Toler -2
I totally agree.
Just follow 101S to Burbank lol
trey whatley 3
This happened to me on a Delta flight from ATL-GPT in July of this year.We sat at the gate until the co-pilot returned from the previous gate he came in on.The pilot explained that we could not leave because all the routing info foo the flight was on his ipad.
Bryce Johnson 2
At our regional airline, all we carry is iPads which contain all of our charts, manuals, MELs, etc. We can not start a flight without 2, but can continue a flight when one malfunctions. They've had studies on the likelihood of both iPads failing and its very slim. Each Captain is also required to carry a backup battery. If both iPads were to fail, we are instructed to go through our ACARS and have dispatch send us the textual versions of the charts. We are told when and what to download on our iPad and can not use it for anything personal. We carry spares at each hub airport that our fully charged and updated, so that if this were to occur, then the flight wouldn't be delayed.
sparkie624 1
I assure you that is not the first time that has happened... We have had more than 1 cancel due to that...
Larry Toler 2
I was flying with an FO who went straight to the gate instead of the crew room to pick up his revisions. This was just before iPads came out. He let the captain know. We'd already loaded the pax, yet we had to taxi to the crew room so he could be legal to fly. That was a great start to a four day pairing.
the cockpit crews do use ipads for a lot in todays aviation industry..i remember a few years back working a flight where the captain left his cell phone at the layover hotel, and the flight was delayed until the hotel shuttle people could bring it to airport as it had information of some sort he was about 30 minutes..nowadays you don't see the "kit bags"for paperwork that the crews used to have..
sparkie624 1
Today most of their manuals (MEL Manual, Flight Manuals and so forth are on the IPADS. They are a required part of the flight deck. Cannot depart without it.
patrick baker 1
why do united pilots not carry a back up to a device that could die or malfunction, which is made of paper and hardly ever malfunctions? Question- did the other pilot have a workable ipad, or do they have to have two ipads on board at all times.Did flight dispatch in san fran not have an ipad in stock for just an occasion? Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance...
Larry Toler 2
Each pilot is required to have the same "paperwork", GOM's, Jeppesen charts (of which there are usually revisions), etc.
jetserf 1
There are paper jepp backups in most United Airlines aircraft and the 2 or more pilots have their own company issued iPads.

However this article relates to Skywest pilots.
sharon bias 0
It's pretty easy to kill an electronic device. Water, heat, hand to floor contact will all do the job. There should be back-ups available at all airports. It's not like a map of ORD changes from one device to another. And company iPads shouldn't have personal stuff on them. If the company pays for it, they tell you what software can be on the unit and how you can use it.
btweston 1
Thanks, mom.
Larry Toler 0
That's why they still have Jeppesen revisions. Approaches can change.
Falconus -3
I sincerely hope that that a single iPad is not the only copy of the charts on the entire aircraft. Devices can malfunction. I would hate to have my chart shut down and refuse to turn back on, for example.


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