Whoops! In 2013, American Airlines completely transitioned to an “Electronic Flight Bag” program, whereby pilots receive iPads with all flight manuals pre-loaded, effectively eliminating the need to carry over 3,000 pages of documents onto each flight. They were the first in the industry to do so and the transition began in 2012.
It looks like some of those iPads are currently having issues causing pilots to have trouble retrieving flight plans. American Airlines has confirmed that flights are grounded because of the software issues via Twitter.
The entire American Airlines fleet is at a ground stop b/c the pilots' iPads can't retrieve the flight plans. @AmericanAir, keep us posted.
— Toni Jacaruso (@HotelNinja) April 29, 2015
@bjacaruso Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads. We'll have info about your departure soon.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) April 29, 2015
The AA site is showing delays across flights from different hubs, though they have not confirmed which ones are impacted from the iPad issue. Check your flight status if you’re flying with AA today!