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the Man who brought us the iPod, iPhone & iPad and made flying easier for generations to come died today. ( Mais...

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Very sad day... He made great contributions to aviation. I always fly with my iPad, call FSS on my iPhone, and do aviation research on my MacBook Pro. My condolences to his family the people of Apple.
Phil Bishop 0
Try being a pilot before you post such stupid comments, think Honeywell, and Marconi before iphone or ipad.
Simon Jones 0
Phil - are you a shareholder in the above?? Cut the diatribe and read LC's comment again - is ANYTHING he quoted untrue?? No - maybe you would like to comment on EFB integration in the wider arena?

I love 'shoot from the hip' operators........
Even though I don't own a single Apple product. Still prayers go out to the family and a great loss to Apple.
He changed the world... the habits of humanity. Steve's passion and drive were determining factor's in my decision to start my own company. He will be sorely missed.
Sad news, he will be missed.
Pileits 0
Indeed, think different he did, and society is better for it. Thank you Steve for what you accomplished. You'll be missed by many.
David McNett 0
FlightAware is an entirely Mac shop (on the desktop, at least). We do all our development on Macs. Such a sad and untimely loss for technology and for the world.

It's almost impossible to overstate the imprint Steve left on the world.
JD345 0
One of the all-time great businessmen... he certainly made his mark, and with the way society's going it's nice to have a reminder that it's okay to be successful.
and now he's counting iSheep...
chalet 0
He ranks along Einstein, Mozart, Michaelangelo and Da Vinci.
J T 0
I wouldn't rank him that high Chalet. He is though one of the largest innovators of computers. He developed the mouse for use as an interface with the Macintosh. In fact, my first exposure to a mouse was at a Apple store back when it was a struggling company in the 80's. I remember having someone show me how to use the mouse and inside thinking this idea will never catch on. After using the Apple IIe in high school I got my first Apple IIc for a birthday. The main reason? I wanted to be able to play flight simulator in color ;)
chalet 0
Sorry, I missed my Beatles!!!. Why I rank Jobs with the others is the impact that their deeds had in so many -shall be say counted in the billions- and will continue to have for generations to come.
Yet another reminder that our life here is fragile and temporary.

I'm failing to get the connection to aviation. The inventors of vinyl and blue toilet water had substantial impacts on aviation.
Phil Bishop 0
and you are so right
@ MANBOI, Pretty insensitive of you. Think about this. Who built the very first computer and what is a LARGE part of a plane's operation now? All run by computers. Steve Job's part in Apple led the way to the modernization of planes, navigation, radios, display screens and pretty much every computer onboard the plane. That is how it connects to aviation.

Blue toilet water???? Really??!?! That's what you're going to go with?
Phil Bishop 0
Konrad zuss built the first computer, the first in an aircraft was badged Honeywell for INS Nav
>Who built the very first computer<

Micral N was the earliest commercial, non-kit microcomputer based on a microprocessor, the Intel 8008. It was built starting in 1972 and about 90,000 units were sold.

In 1976 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold the Apple I computer circuit board, which was fully prepared and contained about 30 chips. It was not a computer, though.

The first successfully mass marketed personal computer was the Commodore PET introduced in January 1977. It was soon followed by the TRS-80 from Radio Shack and the popular Apple II.
Toby Sharp 0
The airline pilots carry the ipads as an EFB now sir
Phil Bishop 0
If they do then clutch your ipad on the way down, brace, brace, brace
azorie 0
He did not change the world he was a salesman, and a one time CEO, big deal. He did not design or make any apple products, ever? he was a front/pitch man, was he good at it yea, he sure was if folks think he had anything to do with making the products. Woz made the products, which he stole half the ideas from Hp and xerox. Be good at marketing and folks believe anything.
And again, people have their facts wrong. Did you never read Steve's book? And I quote from wikipedia " In the late 1970s, Jobs—along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula[6] and others—designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC's mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Macintosh.[9][10] After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1985, Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher-education and business markets. Apple's subsequent 1996 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded, and he served as its CEO from 1997 until August 2011.[11]
The Apple II was unvelied on April 16–17, 1977, in the San Francisco Civic Auditorium during the West Coast Computer Faire. That day also saw the debut of the Commodore PET. Jobs introduced the Apple II to Toshio Mizushima, who became the first authorized Apple dealer in Japan.

But, according to the Computer History Museum, the Micral N, produced by the French company R2E, was the earliest commercial, non-kit personal computer based on a microprocessor (in this case, the Intel 8008). The computer was delivered in December 1972, a full 5 years before Jobs introduced his Apple II computer and 4 years before Jobs' circuit board (Apple I) which wasnt a computer at all.
skylab72 0
While I agree this is hardly the forum for arguing the arcana of computer history, it surely takes a troll to not understand the impact on aviation from computers, and similarly the impact on computer user interfaces wrought by Apple, and therefore very directly by Steve Jobs. The iPad is the first mass produced, general purpose, hand held, computing device, authorized for a cockpit function in FAR Part 91 is it not? Like him or not Steve had a profound impact on computers as commonly used, even in avaition.
every human being killed by cancer is a great loss, so is Steve,
we lost our 44 year old daughter , mother of two young kids to this
horrible disease. We should spend all our money to fight cancer
in all its terrible forms and not for instance pumping billions into Afghanistan
Our daughter died of SNUC Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma
a very rare cancer with a sure death (120 patients in the USA)
Do a Google search on SNUC and see what a tragedy......
Steve, you fought a great battle, I mourn for you !
While I have great appreciation for Jobs and Apple's products, the iPad is merely a hardware platform, cool as it may be. Those who are making flying better in regards to the iPad are the developers of the aviation apps that run on the iPad. To my knowledge, the iPad was not conceived for nor optomized for aviation use by Jobs or Apple.
Non omnis moriar.
Revisions are the bane of existence for airline pilots. Jepp manuals. Ops manuals. Training manuals. AOM's. The Amazon was partly deforested by the revisions I did over my 38 years of airline flying.

Airlines like Alaska, United, UPS, Fed-Ex, and an ever-growing list are switching to Electronic Flight Bags, mostly Apple iPads, that totally eliminate paper revisions.

Retired, I missed the benefits, but all pilots owe a big Thank-You to Steve Jobs. I hope they say a little prayer for him each time they plug in and update.

The light of his brilliance reaches ever deeper in this world, touching more and more people in unexpected ways! Well Done, Steve Jobs, where ever you are!
Phil Bishop 0
How?, pilots make contributions to flying your ipad,iphone, and ipod arew merely electronic toys, they are not honeywell, King, Marconi etc, or CFM, Rolls Royce, Pratt & Witney so grow up fool !!
Phil Bishop 0
what contribution?
art jensen 0
Gosh! By reading this list of comments I guess we can all pretty much tell that Phil Bishop is smarter than anybody!
Personally I don't care if he knows every fact about Jobs, computers, airplanes and the back of his hand. He's a jerk.
jgoedker 0
Yes the world will miss this fine man. But! His contribution to our society was not technology. The majority of his products were repackaged ideas other invented and developed. He didn't invent the computer, the phone, the tablet or the gui. He simply found a niche customer base which Apple remains today. He did not apply any effort that I am aware of to aviation related products. What he was is a pure Capitalist and entrepreneur. He gave good jobs to over 40,000 people. Most of his products were made outside of this country and who knows how many jobs were create there. His real accomplishment was making Apple profitable over the last several years. That is the American way.
chalet 0
Joe Steve Jobs is the things that you say and then some: he owned 313 (yes, three hundred and thirteen patents all incorporated in Apple products. Additionally over the years Apple fostered the creativity of software and hardware designers who were paid almost $ 4 billion. It takes brains to know what was offered to Apple and chose the right products. And then of course the mind boggling number of people that were directly touched by him through Apple products. He was a tad above just being a packager of other's ideas and making Apple a profitable company. If this was so easy as you portray, well show me other like him.
jgoedker 0
Chalet, Bill Gates comes to mind. Henry Ford, Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, Bill Boeing, Howard Hughes and many many more. I chose those names as they pertain to the subject matter that started this blog. (Jobs contribution to aviation) These were the empire builders who created what we have enjoyed. is My comment is what I respect Mr. Jobs for, not some passing trinket like the Iphone. As I said he did not invent any of those things. He did not write the music or produce the videos. Patents are not a measure of your acheivments they are protection for your products. Having one or one hundred does not prove your greatness. I admire the man but for different reasons than you. You don't need to get snippy about it.
Well said, Joe.
Jobs will be sorely missed for his contributions as an individual. As a true Southerner: @ Phil Bishop "Bless your heart!"
Ipad 2 32 gb my best efb !
Iphon 4 16 jailb my best mobile !
All my world in two jewels !

Thanks Steve !

Stefano 777 captain !
Steve changed the world with his heart and his brilliant mind. Thank you, my friend.
ArmyAV8R 0
His drive, determination, and innovation will be missed.
Andre Smith 0
There are very few amongst us who truly stand out as being extraordinary. Often they have imbalances elsewhere in their lives. Steve Jobs genius is that he, thru the power of his ideas and his passion, changed the world forever. This includes the world of aviation. And if history is to learn by, if Apple continues in the inspired and perfectionist mode that Jobs personally energized, the grand icons of aviation technology will also either copy Apple or be relegated to history, like the giants of the early computer industry who turned down the opportunities that Steve Jobs grabbed.
Viva Apple! Viva Steve Jobs!
alistairm 0
Sad to see that he had to go in such a way. But, i really can not go along with "... he made great contributions to aviation." Please tell me what contributions he made to avaiation? And please, don't go off spewing about the bloody iPad/iPhone. Just because numerous poeple drank the KoolAid, it does not mean that Steve Jobs made any sort of meaningful contribution to aviation. I am pretty sure that he did not sit in the board room and said, "let's make the iPad for pilots!" No, he and apple made it for the masses. You don't need a MAcBook to do avaiation research. You don't need an iPhone to call FSS and whatever you may do on an iPad, you can do on most any other slates. Again, what contribution did he make?
chalet 0
How can't you realize that the iPads are saving millions of square miles of forests every year, just ask Jeppesen how sales of paper charts are coming down. Double effect, a contribution to aviation as reading charts off iPads is a lot faster and simpler, and a contribution to ecology.
alistairm 0
Again, you don't need an iPad to do this. Notebook/tablet computers have been saving trees for decades now. Also, please look at this link: . It is not only the iPad that you can read charts on. Sorry to burst your bubble, but Apple is not saving the world!
Andre Smith 0
I accept that some people understand how ideas and inspiration drives innovation, but others need to see an immediate physical link. So, here are a few examples of how Steve Jobs has drectly changed aviation. The new Garmin 3000 is the first touchscreen controlled interface ever for light turbine aircraft. Although touchscreen technology was invented in 1956 it was Apple under Steve Jobs who first put it into a phone and the rest is history. With the release and mass uptake of the iPhone the rest of the industry had to play catchup and fast, otherwise they would lose the race. In a world where ordinary people are now used to and want touch interfaces it is inevitable that aviation instrumentation is following the trend set by ... guess who...Steve Jobs. In the same way as servers in restaurants are now taking your order on an iPAD, Alaska airlines has offically adopted iPADS to replace paper charts. Delta and United are busy implementing the necessary changes in this direction. Whilst there will be expensive proprietry EFBs used, at a fraction of the cost, iPADS (from Steve Jobs), at a fraction of the cost, more versatile and hugely reliable will increasingly be the choice of most aviators. So, next time you feel your fingers doing the walking, thank Steve Jobs, Henry Ford and a few others whose ideas changed the world as much as what they personally made.
alistairm 0
Andre, easy buddy, easy.... Apple was not the first comapny to integrate a touchscreen into a phone. Look at comapanies like HP, Sony, Palm and IBM. The IBM Simon was most likely the first touchscreen mobile phone, which launched in 1993-94. The first iPhone came out in 2007!! Many more touchscreen phones came out before then. Since touchscreens have been around for decades now, i don't think that Aviation is getting into it just because Apple finally decided to incorporate the technology into a phone in 2007. Next time my fingers are gliding across a touchscreen, i won't be thanking Steve Jobs. I will be thanking the guy who invented it back in 1965, thank you very much!! Give credit where credit is due.
Andre Smith 0
Yes indeed we understand the difference between inventing and popularizing. As I pointed out, touchscreen was invented in 1956. Apple iPhones made it sexy and hence desirable. Before, nobody had managed to make a commercially successful touchscreen phone or tablet until Apple came along. It is this aspect that drives consumer (and professional) demand. And it is this commercial vector that Garmin et al are driven by. Personally I use a qwerty keyboard phone...but I know its days are numbered. In the words of Bono..."Steve Jobs literally invented the 21st century.". It is not ideas or inventions that change the world (and aviation), but the people who turn these ideas into action. That's about it from me...the rest I hand to the Wright brothers.
Andre Smith 0
....and wanna check out the future now...see Yes, it is all about iPADS and iPHONES and what we as people and pilots want to make aviation cheaper, safer and better.


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