Now, the FAA is going even further, allowing American Airlines to be the first airline allowed to use the Apple iPad 2 in all aspects of a commercial flight. This will now chop 40 pounds off the weight of an average flight while saving the airline $1.2 million a year. Those are slightly better than the figures bandied about this summer, but every penny means more to American Airlines now that the airline has filed for bankruptcy.
The special iPad Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) app on the tablet was designed by the Allied Pilots Association and American Airlines in conjunction with navigation company Jeppesen, which is owned by Boeing. This app is the only FAA approved digital replacement for paper maps and guides, but AA would not confirm that it would use this version of the EFB.
While this certainly sounds like progress, we do have a question that we are sure Alec Baldwin would ask. How could pilots in the cockpit use an Apple iPad when passengers on the same plane are requested to turn off their mobile electronics for fear of interfering with the plane's radios and controls.
source: ZDnet via AppleInsider