Pilots Use iPad To Go Paperless

08/23/2011 08:42 PM ET

Pilots try to keep up with the times and decide to start using Apple’s technology, the iPad, which means all those manuals are now paperless saving them 40 pounds of materials they used to carry flight to flight.

“The iPad allows pilots to quickly and nimbly access information,” said Jim Freeman, a pilot and director of flight standards at Alaska Airlines, which has given iPads to all its pilots. “When you need to a make a decision in the cockpit, three to four minutes fumbling with paper is an eternity.”

With the iPad only weighing about 1.5 pounds it will great help pilots reduce the amount of weight they need to carry around. The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized pilots to use tablets such as the iPad. Private pilots have also been authorized to carry such tablets and now those app for pre-aviation will be useful to many pilots. It has been seen that there are hundreds of general aviation apps that simplify preflight planning and assist with in-flight operations.

It is believed that over time this will also decrease health care cost for many of the pilots. Often times there have been injuries associated with back and shoulder problems from carrying the heavy bags.

“Cockpits are small, and lifting that thing up and over your seat causes damage, particularly when you consider a lot of pilots are over 40,” stated David Clark, pilot and manager, who now uses an iPad.

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