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AIRLINE SHEDS PAPER FOR iPad


Alaska airlines is the first major airline to switch to paperless reference materials for pilots, replacing each 25-pound flight bag with an iPad loaded with PDF versions of the documents.

Over the longterm, the project is expected to reduce paper and distribution costs (as the airline currently uses
about 2.4 million pieces of paper on such materials), as well as reduce aircraft fuel consumption by the exchange
of a 1.5-pound iPad for 25-pounds of reference manuals, and prevent back and muscle injuries to the pilots carrying the flight bags.

Alaska airlines notes that to respect safety, all pilots are still beholden to the FAA regulation preventing the use
of class 1 electronic devices during takeoff and landing. with trial phases completed in winter and spring,
the transition to paperless navigating is expected to be finished by mid-june.

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