American Airlines Drops Flight Manuals For iPads

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American Airlines has now ditched heavy flight manuals and become the first major commercial carrier to introduce iPads to all of its cockpits in a move that is expected to save more than $1 million in fuel costs every year.

The company first began piloting (get it?) the scheme back in April, when it used Apple’s device alongside traditional paper manuals, which typically weigh around 35 pounds. Now those manuals have been phased out completely in favor of digital versions.

iPads are now fitted inside American’s Boeing 777, 767, 757, 737, and MD-80 aircraft. Not only are they significantly lighter than the paper flight manuals at under two pounds, but they also offers plenty of advantages, such as quicker updates.

“Our Electronic Flight Bag program has a significant positive environmental and cost-savings impact,” said David Campbell, American’s Vice President of Safety and Operations Performance. “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.”

“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,” Campbell continued. “Altogether, 24 million pages of paper documents have been eliminated.”

American also announced that beginning July 10, American Eagle Airlines pilots will also have the opportunity to replace traditional flight manuals with iPads, making it one of the first regional carriers to do so.

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  • mladd

    Awesome! Good job AA!

  • ErinsDad

    Someone please get busy on the ‘Angry 737s’ app.

  • technochick

    But MS said you can’t use the iPad for real work

  • TastyGeezer

    Uhmmm, will they have to switch them off whilst taking off and landing?

  • joewaylo

    TG: For now they do. FAA regulations do not allow the devices running cellular signals just yet. They have yet to run and complete several tests on NEW planes to ensure the cockpit does not have interference.

    The older generation planes may not allow the iPads and iPhones to operate.

  • Market_Mayhem

    But I thought only Microsoft could deliver useful products for business use. Why would American Airlines be depending upon Apple toys when flying those ultra-expensive jets and having responsibility for all those human lives. The iHaters do consider any product from Apple as a useless toy although I’m not sure why. I’d sure like to get to the bottom of who these lying S.O.B.s are or are they just stupid idiots who need schooling.

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