How the 1.5-pound iPad is transforming aviation

Thanks to Apple and its 1.5-pound iPad, the days of flight crews lugging 40 pounds of charts, maps and manuals into the cockpit may be numbered. "The iPad allows pilots to quickly and nimbly access information," said Jim Freeman, director of flight standards at Alaska Airlines, where iPads are standard equipment for pilots. The FAA is onboard with the gradual switch to a paperless cockpit.

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