KUSA- Frontier Airlines pilots are swapping 30-pound flight bags for iPads, in an effort to save money and increases efficiency in the cockpit.
The Denver based airline announced on Monday that they will begin a six month trail of Jeppesen's Electronic Flight Bag, also known as "EFB."
Approach charts, weather information, and airport procedures, tradionally printed on paper and in books, need to be updated frequently so the use of iPads allows for an electronic update, rather than a reprinting of materials.
The switch to iPads is expected to save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in fuel costs and printing services.
Scott Gould, Frontier's vice president of flight operations says, "We are very excited for the opportunity to reduce costs and our carbon footprint while improving reliability and safety"
Several other airlines are interested in switching from paper to electronic charts, but those airlines have not been officially named.
Rick Ellerbrock, Chief Strategist of aviation for Jeppesen, says they are "about to get FAA approval to show aircraft location on the runway and that addresses the No. 1 safety concern for airlines, which is runway incursions."
To learn more about Jeppesen's Electronic Flight Bag, visit http://bit.ly/Xtnxf1.
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