Time To Put Laptops In The Hands Of Pilots
from the welcome-to-this-century dept
While so many professions have been transformed thanks to computers, it appears that the flying business has been slow to change. Most pilots still rely on about 40 pounds of paper (maps, diagrams, checklists, calculations, manuals, etc.) that they carry around on each flight. Much of what's included in those pages and pages of paper could easily be done with a computer, where it would be faster and more accurate (not to mention lighter). JetBlue is one of the first airlines to equip their pilots with laptops and, so far, it's made everyone happy. The pilots find the process to be much easier, it saves time (fewer delays) and it's safer. Other airlines are starting to catch on and the FAA is (cautiously) looking for ways to encourage other airlines to follow this route.