American Airlines to Adopt iPads in the Cockpit

The FAA and American Airlines announced earlier this week that AA will be the first major airline to switch to a paperless cockpit. If you have a bumpy flight next time you fly AA, it might be because your pilot is playing Angry Birds (and using the same flight arc as the bird).

iPads in cockpits is growing quite popular among pilots and airlines. United Airlines have been beta testing iPads running flight navigation apps since August, and American Airlines has been testing the idea since June of this year.

AA will first use the iPads on Boening 777, and they plan to expand to the rest of their fleet shortly. Each iPad is expected to replace around 35 pounds of paper. AA expects to save over a million dollars a year in fuel costs alone, and they will likely save a fair penny in printing costs.