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iPad 2 DO-160F Rapid Decompression Certification

ATTENTION: The iPad2 Rapid Decompression Test Certificate is no longer available for download as "donationware". Over the past three years, less than $1,000.00 in donations has been collected from the several hundreds of individuals who have downloaded the report. The vast majority have only donated the minimum of $1.00.

It has also come to our attention that hundreds of pirated certificates have been distributed without authorization.

PaperlessCockpit.com is run by a small group of volunteers, and we cannot continue funding this project without the help of the community.

If you would like a copy of the report, please purchase it below.

Purchase the Full iPad2 Rapid Decompression Test Report for $50

Purchase the complete iPad2 Rapid Decompression Test Report below. A link to your report will be delivered to the email address specifies below within one business day of your payment being successfully processed.

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The iPad 2 continues operation after an explosive decompression at 51,000 feet.

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.


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.


There's been a great deal of buzz lately about the iPad and iPad2 being "approved" by the FAA. While the FAA has granted EJM (and perhaps a few others) operational approval, this is only after the operators jump through several hurdles. One of the biggest hurdles EJM had to pass was proving the iPad (and subsequently the iPad2) could survive a rapid decompression event. In the spirit of cooperation, Jeppesen successfully performed rapid decompression tests on the iPad, clearing the way for EJM to use the iPad as an EFB.

Unfortunately, Jeppesen only shared the data with EJM, and PaperlessCockpit.com's request for copies of that data have gone unanswered. Other operators have met with similar results when trying to get the documentation out of Jeppesen. Current EFB policy requires all certificated and operators of large and turbine powered aircraft( Part 91F) to test EFBs to DO-160 Rapid Decompression test standards before eliminating paper charts.

Earlier in the year, PaperlessCockpit.com asked its readers how much they would be willing to contribute to have the iPad tested.  Here are the results:

  • Fifty-three readers responded to the poll.
  • Four responders are willing to contribute more than nothing, but less than $25.
  • Ten responders are willing to contribute $25 or more.
  • Twelve responders are willing to contribute $100 or more.
  • One responder from Japan is willing to contribute $500 or more.
  • One anonymous reader inside the walls at Jeppesen is willing to contribute $750 or more (the ghost of Capt. Jepp is smiling).
  • SEVEN responders say they would pay for it all! (Unfortunately, five of them are spam-bots, but we have high hopes for the other two).
  • Nineteen responders said they wouldn't contribute anything (Bah, humbug).

So, from now until July 15, 2011, PaperlessCockpipt.com is accepting donations for the "2011 iPad2 Rapid Decompression Testing Community Project", affectionately known as:


Everyone who donates to the project will receive an electronic copy of the test certification, which you can load into iBooks and happily show to the FAA next time you're ramp checked.

Our goal is to raise $2,500 to cover testing costs. This money will go specifically go to:

  • Purchase of the "test article" (an iPad2).
  • Performance of DO-160 Rapid Decompression Testing by a reputable, certified testing facility.
  • Official copy of the complete Test Report and resulting Certificate of Conformity.
  • Evaluation and sign-off of the testing procedure by an FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER).
  • Celebratory pizza and beer for donors at the next NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention (recommended minimum $10 donation if you plan to attend - seriously, you should a least cover the cost of your own pizza and beer).
  • If the iPad2 does not survive the test, we'll see if the Apple Store will refund our money, and buy more pizza and beer for the iPad2 wake.
  • The surviving iPad 2 will be donated to an aviation charity auction.

If you have any questions about the testing procedures, or would like to volunteer your services (other than helping dispose of pizza and beer), please send an email to editor@paperlesscockpit.com.


  • A very worthy endeavor. Regardless of the outcome, the question of transparency of equipment manufacturers and regulatory authorities needs to be raised and brought to everybody’s attention — not just IF data for the public benefit is made available, but also WHEN it is made available. Transparency about the IF, without full cooperation of WHEN leaves much to be desired about the whole process.

    • Apple does a very good job of sharing it’s testing data, but the problem here is that they were never required to do aviation-grade testing (i.e. DO-160). The testing that is out there on the iPad was initiated by third parties, like Jeppesen, without Apple’s involvement. Jeppesen apparently sees the iPad testing data a valuable intellectual property and does not want to release it publicly, perhaps because they want to make sure the “approved” iPads are only running Jepp TC, not iChart, ForeFlight, WingX, or any other smaller competitor’s product. It’s a great strategy for Jeppesen, but it ultimately hurts the aviation community.

  • Very good idea & I’m looking to donate.

    Question: After the money is raised and the testing complete, will the data be “for sale” to anybody at a price or belong to the original contributors? Can we resell the testing data?

    • Rowan:
      We’ve been wrestling with this question, and current Contributors and Sponsors have helped come up with the answer:
      1.) Anyone who donates to the project, no matter how small the donation, will receive a single copy of the test report.
      2.) Sponsors (those who donate $500 or more) will receive a “coupon code” that they can distribute to their customers or users that will allow them to download a copy of the test-report at no charge. We have not decided if Sponsors can “resell” the data, or if they must bundle it with another service.
      3.)PaperlessCockpit.com is launching a “Premium Content” section of the site later this summer, and subscribers will be able to download a copy of the test report at no additional charge.
      4.)The test report will also be available for purchase via the iTunes store as an iBook and via Amazon’s Kindle store.

      As of writing this, we’re just shy of the the 50% mark in fund raising, and the terms may change somewhat as new Contributors and Sponsors sign on, but I think this is pretty close to how we’ll distribute the final results.

      So, donate a little now, or pay a lot more later! Or (even better) become a Sponsor and bundle the report with your own products and services.

    • Dave, thanks for the link, but please take a moment to read about the iPad KABOOM! Community Project. We are aware the Jeppesen has announced that the iPad and iPad2 have passed rapid decompression testing. Unfortunately, they are unwilling to release the test data to the public, and few inspectors will accept a press release as evidence of RD testing compliance. The purpose of iPad KABOOM! is to make the data easily available to operators and reasonably ensure compliance with current FAA Electronic Flight Bag policy.

  • […] 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. […]

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