According to a report published by NextGov (via InformationWeek), the U.S. Air Mobility Command, which provides global air mobility, cargo delivery, and humanitarian support, is going to buy approximately 18,000 iPad 2s to replace Electronic Flight Bags (containing operating manuals and navigational charts) for flight crew members and trainers. An Air Force spokesperson declined to give any more details while saying that a full request for proposal for the procurement would be provided soon.
Citing from the source:
“AMC said in a notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website Thursday that it planned to buy “a minimum of 63 and a maximum of 18,000, iPad 2, Brand Name or Equal devices” for the crews that fly cargo aircraft such as the C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster. Lt. Col. Glen Roberts, AMC public affairs director, said the command “is looking for a tablet device, not necessarily an iPad.”
The command intends to issue a request for proposals at an unspecified date to buy the tablets at the lowest price through a firm, fixed price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.”
The Air Force’s moves to electronic manuals follows the aviation industry, which has begun to do so after the Federal Aviation Administration in December approved iPads for use in the cockpit during commercial flights.
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