Marine Corps Aviators Using the iPad in Afghanistan
Aerospace and defence business intelligence website Shepherd reports that USMC aviators in Afghanistan have been using iPads pre-loaded with maps of the area they’re flying over to assist them in the cockpit. According to Shepherd, the marine pilots have been using iPads and iPad 2s with digital maps since last November. The digital maps enable them to search the region by simply tapping the screen, instead of having to work their way through piles and piles of heavy map packs. Apparently the situation in Afghanistan is such that flight crews normally have to carry lots of different map packs that cover the whole country so that they can liaise with troops on the ground.
Shepard says that iPads will also soon be equipped on US-based aircraft for training purposes.
“It’s a game changer,” Capt John Belsha, a sensor operator on the KC-130J Harvest Hawk, told Shepard. “In the past we have had to carry all the paper charts and the grid reference graphics we use as a reference for the ground forces in the area. If we had to carry every single one of them – we could on the Hercules, we have the room – but if you have a small cockpit like on the Cobra it’s not feasible."
Source: iPad proving invaluable for Marine Corps aviators | Shephard Group via 9to5 Mac