The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that pilots on American Airlines flights would be allowed to use iPads for the “electronic flight bag,” replacing the last bit of paper that pilot deal with, such as when flying below 10,000 feet.
Until now, pilots were required to carry 35 pounds of printed manuals, aviation regulations, 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 iPads and United’s handing of pilots iPads to use as navigational tools, have been steps toward the complete replacement of paper.
Oddly, the FAA will continue to prevent passengers from using iPads (and similar electronic devices) during take-off and landing — precisely when the pilots will be using their iPads as flight manuals.
Read more at http://www.tnooz.com/2012/09/10/news/american-is-the-first-us-airline-to-replace-all-paper-manuals-with-ipads-in-its-cockpits/#M1ebzKVKk8Q65MWJ.99