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)