The Air Force is hoping to lighten its paper usage with 18,000 iPads over the next ten years. The cost savings could bring in as much as $50 million in revenue, some of its as reduced fuel costs. Currently, paper manuals can weigh as much as 30-40 pounds of paper for each crew member. This number jumps to 490 pounds of paper for a C-5 with 10 crew members.
In an interview on The Street, Major Brian Moritz explains the fuel savings:
By removing all that paper, AMC will capture about $750,000 in fuel savings [annually] just based off the decreased weight… It comes out to just over $5 million a year…With fuel savings, it comes out to $5.7 million annually in pure cost. When you look at $5.7 million a year, over 10 years, that’s well over $50 million.
The new Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) will cost the Air Force only $9.36 million to deploy, and includes 18,000 third generation wi-fi enabled, 32GB iPads.