In October 2011, following an extensive test review process by the FAA, American Airlines was finally given the green light to let pilots use iPads in "all phases of flight." As MMi reported earlier that year, American Airlines had been angling for some time to become the first major domestic airline to make the switch to completely electronic manuals.
Not only did that effort pay off for the airline, it's also paying off for pilots with sore backs.
According to coverage of the keynote from Tabtimes, the reduction of 40 pounds of paper manuals means a tremendous reduction in back pain - a common ailment and complaint among pilots.
American’s well-publicized replacement of bulky kit bags that include flight manuals for pilots using iPads will become available to all of the airline’s 8,600 pilots by the end of May.
All 16,000 of American’s crew members worldwide have been given Galaxy Notes, said O'Keefe, who adds that American Airlines is “the first airline to give a tablet to every single crew member.”