In lieu of cumbersome cases of navigation charts, pilots in a new test program will be using an iPad. The iPad will run a special FAA-approved app providing the pilot with all the navigational information contained in the traditional flight bag.
American Airlines claims that the reduction in weight (35 pounds), will save the airline over $1 million per year. That sounds fairly optimistic, considering the variability of passengers' luggage. How much difference can 35 pounds really make on a giant bus with wings?
You might be wondering why the pilots are allowed to use an iPad when passengers are instructed to turn off and stow their own electronics. The FAA has granted special permission to use the iPad app. But we don't think that extends to you surfing the web during takeoff.