Now that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the iPad as a viable alternative to paper-based flight charts, more airlines are adopting it. The latest: United Airlines, which plans to give iPads to some 11,000 pilots, replacing the approximately 38 pounds of manuals, charts and logbooks that accompany them on every flight with a single 1.5 pound tablet.
It’s one of the more massive deployments to date and once it’s up and running, United expects its paperless flight deck initiative to save nearly 16 million sheets of paper and an astonishing 326,000 gallons of jet fuel per year.
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