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The United States Air Force is going <strong>Team Apple</strong>! Why? They received a huge $9.36 million contract and they plan on using that money to buy Apple iPads! They want to buy $9M worth of iPads actually.. which is around 18,000 tablets! <em>Whoa, share please, lol!</em> The iPad will be used to store flight manuals and navigation software instead of paper flight manuals (that change pretty often).
<strong>Do you think this is a good move? Using iPads instead of paper material?</strong>
According to the article by replacing an iPad they will also save 326,000 gallons of jet fuel each year. An iPad weighs less than 1.5 pounds whereas the paper would weigh 38 pounds.
Yes by buying a $529 tablet seems expensive for the purpose of flight manuals but the flight manuals are about 12,000 pages give or take and think what if there is a malfunction on the plane.. the pilot will have to look in the index find the problem where if you had a tablet, you can type a keyword and it`ll help you faster/easier. Plus imagine how much a 12,000+ page book will cost and to update a page, they will print a whole new book.. And how many times a year do they update the information? I think the iPad is a good investment.
Article via http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-57389731-248/u.s-air-force-to-spend-$9m-on-ipads-for-flight-manual-reboot/
Photo via http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2011/12/13/ipad_hi.jpg