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It will save $5.7 million annually

The U.S. Air Force is making use of iPads instead of heavy flight manuals, and it's saving quite a bit of money in doing so. 

The Air Force said it would save over $50 million in the next 10 years thanks to its recent deployment of iPads. The iPads eliminate the need to print thousands of flights manuals on paper, which proves to be heavy on planes. 

According to Major Brian Moritz, Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) program manager, removing all of the paper alone results in $750,000 in fuel savings annually (since the extra weight requires extra fuel). Weight varies from 250 pounds in a four-person C-17 up to 490 pounds in a C-5 with 10 crewmembers. 

Add this to print and distribution costs, and Moritz said the Air Force is saving $5.7 million per year with the iPads. This equates to over $50 million in a 10-year period. 

The Air Force's Air Mobility Command (AMC) scored a $9.36 million contract to deploy 18,000 iPads. Today, AMC aircrews are using about 16,000 of those iPads while the other 2,000 are being distributed amongst other Air Force units. 

Aside from just cost savings, the iPads also prove to be helpful in finding information quickly. The keyword search alone helps pilots work more efficiently in emergency situations instead of searching through dense manuals. 

Apple has been working its way into the military through more than just iPads, though (and to more branches than just the Air Force). In March of this year, it was reported that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) planned to purchase 650,000 iOS devices. This included 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod Touches, and over 20,000 iPhones.

The purchase was to replace old BlackBerry handsets. 

Earlier this month, the DOD approved the use of Samsung smartphones running a secure version of Android called Knox. Other versions of Android and Apple's iOS are currently awaiting approval as well. These decisions are expected to be made by the end of May. 

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Never mind the man behind the curtain...
By superflex on 5/17/2013 2:25:08 PM , Rating: 3
Hopefully the Air Force will quit buying $59/gallon green Jet Fuel and go back to filtered kerosene (Jet 8)at $3.73/gallon for more savings.
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By mellomonk on 5/20/2013 2:00:57 PM , Rating: 2
Experimental laboratory fuel, at experimental prices. What is so hard to understand. Alternative fuel sources are a strategic benefit. In time of conflict there is no guarantee that current stockpiles, refinement, or base sources would not be interrupted. The alternative av fuel would be an order of magnitude cheaper when produced in quantity. It would be grown and/or cultured in the US, by Americans. Refined and stocked by American companies. The DOD is a huge investor and developer of alternative fuels and energy. Luckily the DOD isn't run by neoconservatives who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.


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