American Airlines, the Alec Baldwin-hating bankrupt plane company, has found a creative way to save some money and the environment. They will be switching from paper airline manuals to Apple iPads.
This past June, the Allied Pilots Associated pointed out that American Airlines successfully conducted their first tests of iPads for all phases of the flight. American Airlines pilots received the FAA approval to test iPads with electronic charts this summer. The 1.5 pound iPad will be replacing 35 pounds of paper. This will save more trees and an estimated $1.2 million worth of fuel per year.
On Friday, American Airlines is the first airline in the world to be fully FAA approved to use iPads during all phases of flight. Pilots will use iPads as electronic chart and digital flight manual readers. The airline will begin iPad operations on B-777 aircraft, and then implement across all other fleets. By using electronic charts and manuals, the safety and efficiency on the flight deck is significantly enhanced. Both the iPad I and the iPad II have been approved for use. Other airlines such as United, Alaska, and UPS are also reviewing this potential, but none have been approved to conduct flight operations in all phases of flight except American. This FAA approval cumulates the results from a 6 month test period whereby American flew thousands of hours with iPads to test and evaluate the product.