Apple iPads Now Gracing the Cockpit of Every American Airlines Aircraft
June 24, 2013 12:31 PM
8,000 iPads now in use across AA's entire aircraft fleet
Apple's iPad brought about the tablet revolution when it was
introduced in early 2010
, and the Cupertino, California-based company has made great efforts to push the tablets onto regular consumers, businesses, and even into classrooms.
Lasts week, it was announced that Apple secured a $30M contract (an average of $678 per iPad) to
provide iPads to the L.A. Unified School District
. This week, we've learned that American Airlines (
having completed its trial run
) has become to the first major commercial airline to put iPads in the cockpits of its entire fleet of aircraft (currently consisting of the Boeing 777, 767, 757, 737 and MD-80).
For American Airlines, the move to digital documents viewable on the iPad was easy. Each 1.35-pound iPad replaces over 35 pounds of paper documents and reference manuals that pilots carry in their kitbag. The iPads also allow for quick and efficient updating of manuals in minutes without wasting paper.
"In fact, removing the kitbag from all of our planes saves a minimum of 400,000 gallons and $1.2 million of fuel annually based on current fuel prices," remarked said David Campbell, American Airlines' Vice President of Safety and Operations Performance. "Additionally, each of the more than 8,000 iPads we have deployed to date replaces more than 3,000 pages of paper previously carried by every active pilot and instructor. Altogether, 24 million pages of paper documents have been eliminated."
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Interestingly enough, while American Airlines pilots have free reign over the use of their iPads in the cockpits, passengers still have to turn off and stow their devices during ascent and descent. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is
looking to relax those rules a bit
for e-readers, tablets, and other smart devices.
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