Pilot lands plane with help from Ipad

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  1. Shithead

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    Pilot and wife use iPad to crash-land plane after electrical failure
    The unidentified pair, who was flying at night, had to land the small plane traveling from Wyoming to Wisconsin in South Dakota after its electrical systems failed and they were unable to contact air traffic controllers. Surprisingly, no one was injured.
    BY Lee Moran
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:04 AM
    [​IMG] Rapid City Fire Department A pilot and his wife used an iPad to safely land their plane after its electrical systems failed and they were left flying in the dark.
    A pilot and his wife used an iPad to safely land their plane after its electrical systems failed and they were left flying in the dark.

    The couple was traveling on the Piper PA 24-250 Comanche from Wyoming to Wisconsin on Friday when the aircraft suddenly suffered a complete malfunction, reports The Associated Press.

    All of the onboard computers were knocked out.

    And it also meant that the landing gear was unable to be dropped down.

    The quick-thinking duo, who could only monitor the single-engine propeller craft's airspeed and altitude, grabbed their iPad.

    They then used the Apple device to navigate the plane for almost 80 miles to the nearest runway at Rapid City Regional Airport, reports KOTA.

    And they incredibly managed to bring it down, without using the landing gear, by crash-landing onto the ground.

    Air traffic controllers reported seeing sparks coming from beneath the plane's fuselage as it dramatically skidded to a stop.

    Firefighters rushed to the aircraft and found that the couple was uninjured. An investigation has now been launched into the hair-raising incident.

    Rapid City Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Daly hailed the man's flying skills. "He had to be a super good pilot," he told the News Observer.
     
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    Seems crazy that their isn't a manual system to lower the landing gear.
     
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    Looks like the flaps worked.
     
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    He's not a hero or anything, he's just doing his job.
     
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    There is. The Daily news article appears to have been written by a 3 year old for other 3 year olds. Most pilots also carry portable batt operated radios if the main radios fail.
     
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  6. Dan

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    I want to know more about how exactly he used the iPad. It says he used it to navigate, that's it. The headline is all about the fact that he used the iPad, then only has one tiny mention of it.
     
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    Or perhaps that's what their iPhone was for?
     
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    Hopefully not Apple Maps - would probably direct him down a blind canyon.
     
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    Me too.
    And how did they manage to get a Wifi hotspot?
     
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    Weird story. Planes have been using Ipads to help with navigation for years. They have replaced the old fashioned binders with the approach plates, for example skychartspro. Most planes have 3-5 radios and 2-3 forms of nav, including an Ipad, which is standard these days.

    Planes have gravity options for lowering gears in the event of mechanical or hydraulic malfunction.

    What am I missing here?
     
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    If you have skycharts, it comes with a booster to attach to the Ipad to use on cell.
     
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    Can't communicate with other aircraft or turn on runway lights at uncontrolled airports with an iPhone.
     
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    Understand that, but if you got a signal (which wouldn't be hard in a low-flying, slow Piper Comanche) couldn't you call information and get a # for the control tower?
     
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    The GPS receiver doesn't require WiFi or cell service to operate.
     
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    You'd need a map loaded though or an app, right? Doesn't Google or Apple Maps need to communicate and update the map real-time?
     
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    In SD I kinda doubt there is much cell service available. Even where I live the pricks in my county have managed to block cell towers so there are a lot of dead cell spots with no service in the area.
     
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    Fair enough...forgot it's in the hinterland.
     
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    They have all kinds of add-on stuff including external GPS and the apps to preload charts to navigate with an iPad.

    http://ipadpilotnews.com
     
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    To check Facebook
     
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    Or maybe youporn. I hear you can find anything on that site. It's amazing.