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Plastics replace paper in cockpit. The light-weight Apple iPad, including its plastics components, will soon replace 30 lb of paper manuals that each Frontier Airlines pilot carries onto an aircraft’s flight deck in a flight bag, according to a Denver Post report of March 12, 2013 (Business Section, p. 11A) Frontier Airlines is headquartered in Denver, CO and uses Denver as a hub.
The move will reportedly save the airline hundreds of thousands of dollars in paper, print, and fuel costs. The iPads, lest prospective passengers be concerned, will be used for viewing information only, notwithstanding a New Yorker magazine cartoon published awhile back showing a pilot sitting in the cockpit, but controlling the plane entirely with a small hand-held device.
–By Merle R. Snyder