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VIDEO: iPad KABOOM! A Success – iPad 2 Rapid Decompression Certification Available for Download

PaperlessCockpit.com's iPad KABOOM! Community Project concluded successfully on July 15, 2011, when an iPad 2 passed  a DO-160F Rapid Decompression test conducted by CascadeTek of Hillsboro, OR. The test was witnessed by representatives from FlightPrep.com, one of iPad KABOOM!'s premiere sponsors. Throughout the test, the iPad 2 ran FlightPrep's iChart 2.0 App. During the first stage of the test,  iPad 2 running iChart 2.0 was placed in the altitude chamber and stabilized at an altitude of 8,000 ft for two hours. FlightPrep's iChart 2.0 is designed to keep the iPad "awake", and it remained operational. During the next stage, the chamber simulated a rapid decompression event, causing the altitude to transition from 8,000 ft to 51,000 ft in under fifteen seconds. The iPad 2 continued to operate and exhibited no physical defects (i.e. flying shards of plastic and glass, or chemical fires resulting from catastrophic battery failure) for ten minutes. The chamber altitude was returned to ambient altitude, and the test concluded. The iPad 2 survived the rapid decompression eve and continued to operate after the conclusion of the test. While PaperlessCockpit.com failed to blow up an iPad, the iPad 2 Community Project is a success. Download iPad 2 Rapid Decompression Certificate  - (Free Registration Required) Download iPad 2 Rapid Decompression Full Report  - (Professional Membership Required) iPad KABOOM! Community Project Sponsors PaperlessCockpit.com would like to thank all of the contributors to the iPad KABOOM! Community Project, particularly our project sponsors: FlightPrep.com and OzRunways.com. The iPad 2 continues operation after an explosive decompression at 51,000 feet.… Read more ...

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FAA Shutdown In Effect – Essential Services Remain In Operation

Congress was unable to come to an agreement to reauthorize the FAA by the Friday, July 22, 2011 deadline. Essential services, such as air traffic control, will remain operation, but all airport improvement project contracts have been suspended and about 40,000 FAA employees have been furloughed. “The FAA employees who will be furloughed perform critical work for our nation’s aviation system and our economy,” said FAA Administrator Babbitt. “These are real people with families who do not deserve to be put out of work during these tough economic times.” Congress has issued twenty temporary re-authorizations since since the FAA's authorization expired in 2007, avoiding a shutdown until now. More news on the FAA shutdown from FAA.gov: Critical Aviation Projects Come to a Halt Due to Congressional Inaction (07/25/2011) Contractors have been told to stop work on critical airport modernization projects around the country after Congress failed to pass legislation on Friday giving the FAA the authority necessary for work to continue. Secretary LaHood Expresses Disappointment with Congress after FAA Extension Goes Unaddressed (07/22/2011) Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt expressed disappointment today after Congress adjourned for the week without passing a clean FAA reauthorization extension. Because of Congress’ inaction, many states will have to bear a significant economic burden and many airport projects will be halted. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Urges Swift Action by Congress on FAA Bill (07/20/2011) Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt called on Congress today to pass a clean extension of the FAA’s authorization in order to avoid airport project construction delays and employee furloughs. The current FAA reauthorization expires at midnight this Friday, July 22, 2011.… Read more ...

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FAA Agrees to Extend Deadline for Paperwork to Remain in BARR Program

After being notified that general aviation operator groups plan to challenge changes to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday, July 1, 2011, agreed to extend from July 5, 2011 to July 14, 2011 the deadline for owner/operators to submit paperwork to remain in the program "for the convenience of the Court." For the moment, the implementation date for the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) planned changes remains August 2, 2011. Learn more in this July 1, 2011 press release from the National Business Aviation Association.… Read more ...

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