The U.S. Air Force is switching to iPads. The Air Force plans to buy 18 thousand and customize them with specialty aviation software for their specific needs.
Thanks to the iPad, the US Air Force is going to save 50 million dollars.
The way things are now, pilots’ flight bags are packed with up to 40 pounds of paper and the aircraft carries another 90 or so. Add up all the crew and the extra weight becomes significant enough to impact fuel costs.
Putting all that data on a tablet will considerably cut down on the burden as an iPad only weighs about a pound a half.
The Air Force plans to buy 18 thousand and customize them with specialty aviation software for their specific needs.
They’ll also be locking them down to make sure there’s no funny business like watching cat videos or hunting virtual zombies.
This news comes on the tail of other government bulk-purchase announcements.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is dumping its Blackberry devices in favor of iPhones.
Also, The New Zealand Police will be purchasing nearly 160 million dollars in iPhones and iPads to hand out to its force.