iPad takes to the skies as Qantas pilots scrap paper documents

Ashleigh Allsopp
14 July, 2012
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Qantas has announced that it will be giving its pilots iPads for use during flights.

The Aussie airline has teamed up with Telstra to bring more than 2200 64GB iPads to the cockpit, to enable pilots to access operational information digitally, replacing paper charts, flight plans, manuals and forms for good, reports GeekZone.

Currently, Qantas prints around 18,000 pages a day, a figure that will be reduced to just 3000 pages with the introduction of iPads. Plus, the weight of the paper on board will drop by 20kg.

Each of the iPads will have two apps that have been developed specifically for use by pilots. One app is for flight charts and the other is developed by Qantas itself for other flight information.

“The revolutionary capabilities of iPad technology, combined with the powerful customised apps, give our pilots the ability to replace cumbersome hard copies – saving time, resources and costs,” said Qantas Technical Pilot, Captain Alex Passerini.

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  1. Andrew says:

    So does that mean the rest of us can use our iPads on take off and landing too?

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