Soon, pilots from American Airlines will be able leave their oversized flight manual behind and grab their iPad when they hop into the pilot’s seat. According to a report by The Next Web, the FCC gave the airlines the necessary approval to use the iPad as part of an electronic flight bag. In a first for the travel industry, the Apple tablet will be available for pilots to use during all phases of flight.
Besides pilots, American Airlines also wants to equip their flight attendants with tablets so they can better manage travelers and meet their needs. The iPads will be available to pilots of the company’s Boeing 777 planes in the coming weeks. After the company secures approval, it will then roll out the iPad to other fleet planes by the end of 2012. The airline hopes to stop issuing paper revisions of its manuals and navigation charts by January 2013.