Has your pilot just died? There's an app for that

Written by IainB

Saturday, 15 October 2011

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This is Airbus 820 Heavy requesting permission to loop the loop

For those people who are on an aeroplane who hear the announcement asking if anybody on board can fly a plane due the unexpected death of the pilot, there is now a new applelet from MiApps.

"This app could save your life," said App World editor, Mac Buck. "The great thing is, most planes these days have WiFi, so if you hear the call over the PA, you can download it there and then. Assuming you have the time."

The applelet integrates with the plane's computer systems and allows them all to be controlled via the iPhone.

"The actual control of the plane is much like a flight sim," said Buck. "You tilt and swipe like a standard iPhone flight sim, and this is translated into actions for the plane to follow. You can control all aspects of the plane, find a suitable landing strip using the built in GPS, and even land using the built in accelerometer to judge the speed of the aircraft."

As amazing as this technology sound, it does have a few issues that stop it from letting anybody fly a plane.

"For a start," said Buck, "it only integrates to the Airbus 820."

Additionally, it takes forty-minutes to download over an airline WiFi, time that passengers may not have. The length of time would increase should multiple people attempt to download the app at the same time. Finally, it costs a dollar ninety-nine. Although some may think that paying less than two dollars to save a passenger plane full of people is a bargain.

Should the app be successful, there are plans to provide versions for different aircraft, and to streamline the app so it can be downloaded quicker.

"Not everybody is pleased with this new app," said Buck. "Airbus a particular annoyed. Ever since that kid flew the Las Vegas flight to Disney World instead they've been asking for the app to be withdrawn."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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