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F U E L I N G /LINE OPS/ S A F E T Y T E C H N O L O G Y / E-MEDIA (Continued from page 21) By Brad McAllister, Associate Editor e - Media: A look at Web-based customer service and marketing solutions The Apple iPad: A tablet computer designed for Internet browsing, media consumption, gaming, and light content creation. • The recently released iPad tablet reader has some aviation profes- sionals already looking at how the new device can benefit the industry. A recent post by Max Trescott on his Aviation Trends Aloft online blog Expected volumes where not realized (www.maxtrescott.com) outlines iPad pros and cons and some of the latest at Landmark Aviation YVR. aviation applications avialable to iPad users; following are some highlights: — The iPad ships in two versions, each of which is available with 16, 32, or 64 GB memory. The version shipping now has built-in WiFi for the Canadian border and 50 miles from organized and executed the planning Internet connectivity. However, it does not have a built-in GPS. This may Vancouver, Bellingham proved a good efforts, which focused on logistics and make moving map apps unusable, so pilots will probably want to get the alternative for those who wanted to avoid ramp space. 3G version that includes a GPS and ships in late April. The 3G models will extensive Olympics security, says Hart. Regarding reservation fees, “We require a data plan from a cellular carrier and cost $130 more than the “We experienced some 60 jets” he had a small per day fee on jets that WiFi versions. says. In that same period in a typical year, were parked here, and that was to cover — One of the biggest benefits for aviators is the iPad’s long ten-hour Bellingham might get a half dozen. The extra insurance costs that we had for battery life. That makes it practical to use the iPad most of the day, regard- FBO sold three times its normal retail the event,” says Hart. The fee was based less of whether you’re in the cockpit or a passenger traveling in coach. fuel flow, relates Hart. on aircraft weight and the length of the The iPad’s 9.7-inch display is bright and responds quickly when touched. “The challenge was really a ramp stay; it ranged from $50 to $150 per day The iPad is also light, just 1.5 pounds, though some users commented space issue,” explains Hart. “We had to depending on the services provided. that it feels heavy if left on your leg for an hour or more. It’s also relatively make sure we had enough places to actu- “We were very excited with the level inexpensive for a computer, just $499 for the basic 16 GB WiFi model. ally pull in jets and park them, and then of traffic we received,” relates Hart. “In — About a half dozen a
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