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Pilot text messages are saving you from flight delaysUsing a new text-based communication technology called Data Comm, the FAA is helping speed up departures across the country. (www.cnet.com) More...
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Seriously though, I always thought this would be a slick add-on in GA cockpits. With the efficiency of using EFBs paired with a GPS (via FlightStream or some other device), it'd be nothing to receive a message to the EFB and port the new routing over to the GPS navigation device.
Exactly. With foreflight you can send VFR and IFR flight plans. Shoot, you can even open and close VFR flight plans right from the app. It would be nice if IFR could also be done wirelessly like that. Commercial pilots can use ACARS and CPDLC to get ATIS and clearances and amendments, it would be nice for GA as well.
How we can port this efficiency to GA?
Is it as obvious when a pilot is texting-while-flying as it is when a driver is texting-while-driving? ("Whoa: watch out for that E90; he's drifting out of his lane...")
Does this system update routing after take off? Is it automatically accepted? If this system updates while in flight then other factors need to be considered. In other words there still needs to be an agreement on the new routing. As a corporate pilot we have received new routes that were so far off our initial and current route of flight that they were not acceptable. I would hate to be locked into a route that added undue amount of time to what was already a cleared as filed clearance.