It's Wheels Up for iPads in The U.S. Air Force
The iPad sure looks good in uniform.
At least that's what Apple is probably thinking in response to the massive order the United States Air Force may soon place with the leading tablet maker.
According to published reports Wednesday, the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command - the organization charged with transporting troops and equipment across the globe - is planning to buy approximately 18,000 Apple iPads. Why? Analogous to how many airline pilots are now authorized to use iPads as flight manuals, the Air Force would begin phasing out all forms of paper charts and manuals.
What's more, just last month, the Air Force Special Operations Command stated intentions to buy 2,861 iPad 2s to serve as "electronic flight bags" for its crews.
Maj. Gen. Rick Martin, who oversees the Air Mobility Command, says that "moving from a paper-based to an electronically based flight publication system will not only enhance operational effectiveness, it can also save the Department of Defense time and money."
There could be a few hang-ups or delays before the order can be placed, however, as we understand that iOS has not yet been given security certification from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.