U.S.A.F. switch to iPads may save $50M in fuel costs alone

The Air Force is aiming to save at least $5.7 million in fuel costs alone, which is “well over $50 million,” according to the major. But the cost saving isn’t everything. Being able to quickly pull up “engine fire” through a simple PDF search is far easier — and less stressful — than flicking through tens of thousands of pages of text. It also might save the U.S. taxpayer even more money in the long run by not crashing the $168 million mega-plane into a mountain or a Taliban stronghold.

The iPad’s become a popular replacement for cockpit manuals for commercial pilots, too.

  • Sweet. Anything to reduce costs is a win in my book. Am I delusional to think the savings will trickle down to us? 🙂

    Oh wait, will they have to power down this device on take off too? -_-

    • Lukas

      “In case of emergency, turn on iPad, wait two minutes, launch application, hope it doesn’t crash (enterprise software, you know), ask Clippy for help (designed by Microsoft).”

      I’m guessing they don’t turn it off, ever. And hopefully keep it plugged in at all times.

  • itsgene

    When I was a youngster in the late 80s, working in government contracting, there was a big push toward a paperless military. Interesting to know that STILL hasn’t happened. Of course, back then the idea was replace all the paper books with scanned, digitized versions stored on CD-ROM — the equivalent of microfilm, that couldn’t really be searched and required big jukebox machines to fetch and insert the correct CD when needed. Funny to think that it could all be stored in the flash memory of an iPad today. Assuming, of course, that the manuals have all been OCRed or retyped so they are, you know, actual text.

  • It would be insane to replace emergency manuals with iPads, so they probably won´t do that. But route manuals, airport and approach charts yes.

  • Jack

    You left out the “over 10 years” part of the headline. Still a ton of money though.