U.S. Air Force to use iPads in a plan to save $50 million over the next 10 years

iPads have definitely found their place in business, and now it is beginning to make it into the government. Already seeing an adoption by some consumer airplane companies, now the Air Force is planning to deploy a reported 18,000 iPads to pilots and this plan will save a supposed $50 million over the next 10 years due to lower weight on flights when using an iPad instead of flight manuals, as well as not having to print those flight manuals:

“We’re saving about 90 pounds of paper per aircraft and limiting the need for each crew member to carry a 30 to 40 pound paper pile [of flight manuals],” said Major Brian Moritz, EFB program manager, in a phone interview. “It adds up to quite a lot of weight in paper.”

Removing the need to print and distribute thousands of flight manuals, however, equates to an even greater cost saving. “It comes out to just over $5 million a year,” noted Moritz. “With fuel savings, it comes out to $5.7 million annually in pure cost. When you look at $5.7 million a year, over 10 years, that’s well over $50 million.”

As is expected with these devices being sent into military use, security is of the utmost importance. Brian Moritz, EFB program manager, said this about that subject, “The camera and the Wi-Fi are turned off unless the device is in a pre-determined, undisclosed location where its OS certificates can be updated.

What do you think? Wondering what other agencies will begin using Apple’s devices? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.


Via: 9to5Mac, TheStreet

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