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As Apple Insider reports, American Airlines are set to expand their iPad electronic flight bag program, starting with pilots of their 777 fleet using the iPad during all phases of flight.
The iPad is reducing and largely replacing paper-based reference material for pilots, which can weigh up to 35 pounds. It’s also said that the change may save an estimated $1.2 million per year on fuel costs.
“This is a very exciting and important milestone for all of us at American Airlines as we work to modernize our processes and best meet the needs of our people,” said Captain John Hale, American’s vice president of flight. “With this approval from the FAA, we will be able to use iPad to fully realize the benefits of our Electronic Flight Bag program, including improving the work environment for our pilots, reducing our dependency on paper products and increasing fuel efficiency on our planes. We are equipping our people with the best resources and this will allow our pilots to fly more efficiently.”
American was one of the first bi commercial airlines to pilot (no pun intended) the iPad. It’s exciting to see them now extending its role as an essential tool for their pilots.