Got Electronic Flight Bags? Well, there’s an app for that, which is one reason many more iPads are about to take to the sky. All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, is set to become the world’s first airline to equip its entire flight and cabin crew with the Apple tablets. The airline’s cabin crews already have the iPad, but beginning in September, 300 new crew members will receive the devices for a three-month trial. In February, ANA will begin equipping the remainder of its approximately 2,500-member crew.
ANA says the iPads will give crews better access to weather and flight information, allowing them to choose routes and altitudes that will provide the least turbulence. The devices will also allow audio and video-based training for flight crews. And, digital flight manuals, which ANA will produce, will reduce paper costs.
The iPad, which ANA says is easy to maneuver and has better battery life than its tablet competitors, is FAA-approved—an attractive quality to add alongside those Electronic Flight Bag apps. The iPads will be used on the aircraft in accordance with local regulations for electronic devices in flight.