In the past few months we have reported several times about the interest of several institutions in Apple’s iPad, especially Airlines around the globe. Recently two to three airlines announced that they are going to drop the heavy weight flight bags of pilots that contain several notes, maps about their routes, in favor of Apple’s iPad or to save lot of money and fuel on flights. Today United Airlines has also joined the party with other airlines, and announced that they are also going to adopt iPad as a electronic flight bags and will give 11,000 iPads to United and Continental pilots.
Each iPad, which weighs less than 1.5 pounds, will replace approximately 38 pounds of paper operating manuals, navigation charts, reference handbooks, flight checklists, logbooks and weather information in a pilot’s flight bag. A conventional flight bag full of paper materials contains an average of 12,000 sheets of paper per pilot. The green benefits of moving to EFBs are two-fold–it significantly reduces paper use and printing, and, in turn, reduces fuel consumption. The airline projects EFBs will save nearly 16 million sheets of paper a year which is equivalent to more than 1,900 trees not cut down. Saving 326,000 gallons of jet fuel a year reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 3,208 metric tons.
According to the report those iPads will be equipped with Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck, an app which is currently available in App Store for free download, but requires a paid subscription to Jeppesen’s services. So it is another proof, how Apple products taking over on everything.