Everyone else texts, why shouldn’t pilots? There are a million uses for text messaging these days, but don’t panic! Pilots aren’t really texting the way you may think:
Controllers and pilots aren’t using their cellphones to text, even though many passengers now do using apps and in-flight Wi-Fi. Instead, planes with modern cockpit systems can log on to new systems at air-traffic control centers and link digitally. Rather than sometimes difficult radio calls, pilots and controllers simply send each other text messages to change altitudes, routes and hand off from one controller to the next.
Check out the rest of this interesting article from The Wall Street Journal!