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Thankfully, the pilot won't be playing Angry Birds, or so we hope...  (Source: JetBlue)
JetBlue pilots will use iPads for three key activities

We reported on Monday that iPads are now in use in every single American Airlines cockpit. The airline deployed 8,000 iPads that will save 400,000 gallons of fuel and $1.2 million in fuel costs each year.
Not to be left out, JetBlue announced today on their blog that its pilots would also be using iPads in the cockpit. However, JetBlue assures passengers that, "[The pilots] won’t be playing Angry Birds in the cockpit, but the cool technology they’ll be able to see before and during a flight will help them be even better pilots."
The iPads will replace both paper manuals and heavy laptops and as with American Airlines, greater fuel savings will be achieved by using the lighter tablets.
According to the BlueTales blog, pilots will use the iPads to scan real-time weather updates, pre-flight planning, and to peruse digital airport and aircraft charts.

Source: JetBlue

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RE: Better idea
By Solandri on 6/26/2013 5:54:10 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, strictly on an economic level, a 747 burns 3.1 liters per 100 km per passenger. If you figure the average pilot flies 75 hours/mo, and a plane flies at an average speed of 500 mph (including takeoff/landing), you get:

(75 hrs/mo)*(12 mo/yr)*(500 mph)*(1.61 km/mi) = 724,500 km/yr
= 450,000 miles/yr

A plane burns about 1 lb of fuel per 10 lbs of extra weight carried 1000 miles.

So putting it all together, over a year of work a pilot who weighs 10 pounds more will require (10 lbs weight)*(450000 miles/yr)*(1 lb fuel) / (10 lbs weight)*(1000 miles) = 450 lbs of fuel.

Aviation fuel is 6.79 lbs/gallon, so this is about 66 extra gallons consumed during a year of flying. Aviation fuel is about $6/gal right now, so a pilot who weighs 10 pounds more costs the airline $400 more per year in fuel costs.

So unless the pilot is grossly overweight (say, 50+ lbs) it doesn't make that much difference to the bottom line.

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