... I would hate for them not to be able to access their manuals if the pilots forgot to charge the battery before a flight.
Joking aside, I'm all for replacing hard-copy reference material with electronic versions... and the fuel savings alone sounds like this is a worthwhile initiative.
United Airlines said Tuesday it was replacing the hefty flight manuals and chart books its pilots have long used with 11,000 iPads carrying the same data.
The 1.5 pound (0.7 kilogram) iPad will take the place of about 38 pounds (17 kilograms) of paper instructions, data and charts pilots have long used to help guide them, parent company United Continental Holdings said.
United estimates that using the iPad will save 16 million sheets of paper a year, and that the lighter load it represents will save 326,000 gallons (1.2 million liters) in fuel.Read more at www.breitbart.com