Posts Tagged airplanes
I’ve always wished that a programming class had been available to me when I was in high school. I would have loved to start learning to program at an early age. Now, while I’m 23 and trying to teach myself to program, young 15-year-old developer Patrick Balestra has already released his first iOS app and is working on another!
The game, Catch the Airplanes (and iPad version Catch the Airplanes HD), is a simple one in which players destroy airplanes that make their way onto the screen. Similar to Fruit Ninja, the goal is to get all the planes that appear on the screen without missing any. The Swiss developer has created three modes for his game: survival, timer, and multiplayer. Survival mode goes until a plane gets past the player. Timer mode is a high score game where players try to get as many planes in the given time. And multiplayer (iPad-only) sets players against each other with each player trying to down specific colored planes.
Catch the Airplanes is available for $0.99 while the iPad version, Catch the Airplanes HD, is currently free. Support a young, growing developer by picking up this game.
Released: 2012-02-28 :: Category: Games
Previously, I reported that pilots were using special apps to help cut down on paper clutter in the cockpit by storing digital copies of flight charts. Now, the Federal Aviation Administration is going to allow for the expanded usage of iPads in the cockpit for the use and storage of charts and manuals as well as flight charts in the cockpit during flights, starting with American Airlines flights on Boeing 777 planes on Friday, December 16th. What’s curious is that even just by lightening flight loads by 35 pounds as iPad usage versus paper materials provides, airlines can save $1.2 million in fuel costs. For cash-strapped airlines like American Airlines, this is surely wonderful news.
This raises the question, of course, if pilots can now use their iPads in the cockpit, and if they can have them on during landing and takeoff as they conceivably could, what’s stopping the FAA from allowing people to use their own iPads at the same time, far away from the sensitive equipment? With little evidence to suggest that electronic devices offer any kind of risk, it might be time for the FAA to re-examine this policy.