iPads survive rapid decompression
Jeppesen has completed successful rapid decompression tests of the new iPad and iPad Mini.
With tablets becoming used extensively in the cockpit, proving their integrity in the event of sudden cabin pressure loss has become essential.
The tests on the 4th generation tablets were completed in a vacuum chamber, with an almost instantaneous 'explosion' from 8,000 ft to an equivalent altitude of 51,000 ft - the typical ceiling for a modern business jet.
They are part of the programme used by operators to obtain FAA authorisation for in-flight use of Jeppesen’s mobile apps on the iPad. The tests had successfully been undertaken on the previous 3 generations of iPad, with no anomalies.
The apps can turn the tablet into an electronic flight bag (EFB), replacing the bulky bag full of hard-copy charts, data sheets, check lists and the like. Similar apps are available for sea and rail operations - presumably not anticipating a rapid decompression . .
For details, see the Jeppesen link below . .