American Airlines gets FAA approval for iPads in cockpit
The tablet has gone big and post this year’s CES, we sort of witnessed a new one every other day. But amongst of all them, the only which quickly got absorbed in other segments was iPad. Besides education and luxury hotel perquisites, iPad first entered the domain of in-flight entertainment and when that wasn’t enough, it even made place for itself in the pilot’s cockpit for charter flights. FAA kept its promise and dished out its approval for iPad use in the cockpit for American Airlines. This will be the first airline company to conduct tests of the iPad for all phases of flight as used by the pilots of their planes.
The said approval to test iPads with electronic charts this summer and asked to take it to the next logical level: replacing most of their paper books and charts with digital documents on the iPad. The impact of this was better put by Seattle Pi which noted that a 1.5 pound iPad replaces about 35 pounds of paper saving an estimated $1.2 million worth of fuel per year. So whether you like it or not, iPad is soon going to be the next dispensable thing in every walk of life and this is just the start. Let us see how soon the Android and other folks will jump into competition here.