TheÂ Federal Aviation AdministrationÂ said Monday that pilots on American AirlinesÂ flights would be allowed to use iPads for the “electronic flight bag,” replacingÂ the last bit of paper that pilot deal with, such as when flyingÂ below 10,000 feet.
Until now, pilots were required to carrry 35 pounds of printed manuals, aviation regulations,Â and other paperwork to fly any jetliner.
Previous efforts in the past couple of years, such as Alaska Airlines’ move to replace paper flight manuals with iPadsÂ and United’s handing of pilots iPads to use as navigational tools,Â have been steps toward the complete replacement of paper.
Oddly, the FAA will continue toÂ prevent passengers from using iPadsÂ (and similar electronic devices) during take-off and landing — precisely when the pilots will be using their iPads as flight manuals.
American says it will issue customized versions of the Apple tablet computers to each of its pilots.
The lightweight iPads will saveÂ $1.2 million in jet fuel a year, says the announcement.
AA developed a 16g.-FAA-approved mount for the iPad.
The move may be followed by handing flight attendants tabletsthat can help them handle customer service, reports the Dallas Morning News’s Aviation blog.
Tnooz has written before about how pilots love iPads (and the related flight-planning apps like ForeFlight). AA’s move will be surely copied by other commercial airlines.