United Airlines is going paperless, and will be handing out 11,000 iPads to its pilots to replace paper flight manuals, as reported by The Loop.
Here’s what an iPad, weighing in at 1.5 pounds will do:
- replace 38 pounds of paper operating manuals, navigation charts, reference handbooks, flight checklists, logbooks, and weather info
- replace 12,000 sheets of paper per pilot, typical of what’s inside a conventional flight bag
- reduce paper printing and fuel consumption
- save 16 million sheets of paper annually, equivalent to 1900 trees
- save 326,000 gallons of jet fuel annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3208 metric tons
This is an awesome idea, but at the same time what will happen if the iPad runs out of battery or somehow goes dead? Surely, there would be contingency plans in place. This program should have at least one pilot still carrying the paper manuals, and one pilot carrying an iPad
What do you think? Should iPads replace paper manuals in the sky?
PS – don’t forget our tips on traveling with an iPad.
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