JetBlue announced plans to introduce iPad based reference manuals in the cockpits of all its aircraft in June 2013. The airline recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for iPad based Electronic Flight Bags.
The approval comes a day after American Airlines announced the deployment of iPad based Electronic Flight Bags on its aircraft.
The switch to iPad based manuals will allow JetBlue to save a significant amount of fuel every year. This is because the paper manuals weigh as much as 30-40 pounds each. The iPads will also help pilots by providing real-time weather information and digital charts.
The FAA approval comes after JetBlue successful tested the iPad manuals with about 60 pilots over several months. JetBlue has already begun giving all its 2,500 pilots a fourth-generation 16 GB WiFi capable Apple iPad.