iPhone 4 and Samsung Nexus S have made it to the Space Shuttle, Atlantis, and now the iPad is all set to take over the skies. FAA has approved that the iPad can now be officially used in cockpits to assist pilots, instead of the traditional manuals. ZDNet reports that American Airlines will be the first to get authorization for its pilots to use the device during all phases of the flights. The first round of pilots from the American Airlines are all set to use the device, which is a replacement for traditional flight bags.
iPads to replace traditional manuals
Both iPad and iPad 2 have been approved for use during all phases of the flight. Moreover, other airlines such as Alaska and United are also considering the use of the device. The iPad-based flight bags will allow cutting on weight by about 35 pounds compared to the traditional flight bag carrying all the essential documentation and manuals.
Seattle Pi reported that iPads weighing about 1.5 pounds will be replacing 35 pounds or more of paper. This will eventually save about $1.2 million worth of fuel, per year.