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Is It Legal?

by Joel Pierce

feature_tech_1-1The emergence of the iPad as a powerful aviation tool has changed the way we go about many of our flight tasks. But it has also prompted questions about whether it’s “legal” to use in flight. The short answer is “yes,” you can absolutely replace your paper charts with an iPad. But the definition of legal is dependent on what type of flying you do and how the iPad is being used in the cockpit.

The FAA has created a comprehensive collection of rules, regulations, and guidelines to help you determine the “whens” and “wheres” of inter-cockpit use of the iPad. It’s something of a complex topic, so we won’t attempt to delineate it here. Luckily, our friends at ipadpilotnews.com have tackled the topic in great detail – and here’s how it breaks down.

Joel Pierce

General Manager & Chief Flight Instructor

A fan of flight ever since childhood, Joel earned his private pilot certificate in September 2002. In 2003, he attended the International ALERT Academy, where he obtained his instrument rating along with his commercial and flight instructor certificates. After graduating, he joined the ALERT faculty as a flight instructor and an assistant department manager. During this time, Joel met his wife, Laura. They married in 2006 and now have two children. In 2008, Joel became the flight operations director for Smith Field Air Service and now leads the staff at Sweet Aviation. Joel has over 5,000 hours of flight instruction and is driven by a passion for helping customers achieve their dreams. Joel is type rated in Sweet Aviation’s Cirrus Vision Jet, certified to fly a customer’s T-28, able to go fly some aerobatic maneuvers in the Super Decathlon, and on top of all this, he gets to share his intense passion for flying with so many other aviation enthusiasts in the Fort Wayne area.

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