The Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center in
The test center originally looked at commercial document readers, but they did not allow pilots to rapidly access information.
So far about 15 pilots have tested two tablets - one running Apple's iOS and one running
"They [the tablets] seem to work really well. Obviously there are issues with flight gloves, but companies have already figured that out and made special flight gloves that work with touch technologies," he said.
Pilots have conducted A-10 flights with tablets loaded with the technical order app, and flight testing of the FalconView mobile application will begin next summer, he said.
The government will retain ownership of any software developed.
"We looked at a lot of commercial software packages ... and they're awesome," Sei explained. But once the Guard started to figure in upkeep and building in extra features, the expenses kept piling on, he said.
Whether the government will eventually contract portions of the initiative out to industry is yet to be decided, he said.
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