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iPad App Helps TSA Agent & Pilot to Safely Land Plane After Instruments Malfunctioned

A cellphone and an iPad helped pilot Raymond Cody land safely after the single-engine plane that he was flying across western Colorado to Grand Junction Regional Airport malfunctioned and his communications and navigation system failed on him.

After the pilot experienced technical issues he picked up his cell phone and called the Transportation Security Administration’s customer service hotline. Gene Manzanares, the TSA Agent on the other end, used his iPad to help Cody navigate his position and land the plane.

The Daily Sentinel has the story: “While maintaining contact with Cody on one phone, Manzanares called on a second phone to the tower, alerting controllers they had an inbound plane flying electronically blind. Cody had the advantage of an iPad app that showed him his position, which he could then pass on to Manzanares, who relayed it to the tower and the tower passed along instructions to Cody via Manzanares.” (Via The Huffington Post).

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