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Air Canada will replace pilot manuals with tablets

by Patrick Pierra

October 18 2013

Starting next year, Air Canada pilots will bring a tablet on board, rather than heavy print manuals.

Each pilot currently carries 35 lbs (16kg) of print instruction manuals on every flight. On some long haul flights, planes have up to four pilots - each with his own manuals.

Saving weight - and thus fuel consumption - is the main reason for the Canadian airline to switch from print to tablets. Another factor is saving time: pilots won't spend as much time updating their print folders with every manual update.

(Worth reading: High time -- FAA recommends flyers use 'most' devices during take-off and landing.)

Air Canada has not announced which tablet device it will purchase. But as its Sky Regional (Air Canada Express) planes have alrady been using iPads for some time, the main carrier's pilots will probably be equipped with an iPad too.

(Source: The Globe and Mail)

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