The U.S. FAA has given approval for pilots to replace their 40 lb. (18 kg) paper flight manuals with iPads. The benefits of this are obvious: a richer interface, faster access to information, and easy to updates to changing information. Other benefits include reduced health-care costs by avoiding injuries resulting from lifting/maneuvering these manuals in tight places, as well as the environmental advantages of paperless e-publishing. Not only will thousands of trees be saved from needlessly printing 16 million pages, but an estimated 326,000 gallons of jet fuel will be saved as well (statistics here). That adds up to millions of dollars saved. The only surprise about this article is, what took so long???
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