According to the airlines, the tablet will enable pilots to store documentation in electronic form on the iPad which otherwise weighs 15.875 kg (35 pounds) when in printed form. Use of the digital documentation will enable the airlines to save as much as US $1.2 million of fuel each year.
The company is to start using the iPads immediately in its 777 aircraft and is planning to completely do away with printed documents as early as 2013. The Airlines notes, “… our Flight Attendants have also been piloting an initiative on handheld tablets, which will give them better information about the customers on their flight and their travel needs.”
The real tricky question here is how did FAA think that the iPad is safe to be turned on in the cockpit as compared to the passenger area when the electromagnetic radiation is going to be the same at both the places?
Find the press release here.