Boeing 747s still get critical updates via floppy disks

I thought it might be interesting for some of you. They are still in use, the floppy disks.

How many disks were used in Windows 3.11? I can't remember... 7 maybe?
I read somewhere that you need 2778 floppy disks for Windows 10. I'm too lazy to calculate that but it's definitely time consuming to just put these disks in and out. Let's say it takes 5 seconds to change the disks. After 3.85833333 hours you are done (plus the installation process) if no disk is defect 😉

Anyway, ...


While it might sound surprising that 3.5-inch floppy disks are still in use on airplanes today, many of Boeing’s 737s have also been using floppy disks to load avionics software for years. The databases housed on these floppy discs are increasingly getting bigger, according to a 2015 report from Aviation Today. Some airlines have been moving away from the use of floppy discs, but others are stuck with engineers visiting each month to sit and load eight floppies with updates to airports, flight paths, runways, and more.


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