Mobile devices take to the skies as Delta picks Microsoft for pilot tablets.
Delta Air Lines hopes 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets can sufficiently replace heavy bundles of books and maps pilots are required to carry.
Currently, pilots haul around a 38-pound flight bag with essential manuals and maps. By replacing these inconvenient totes with the 1.49lb Microsoft Surface 2, Delta estimated it will save $13 million per year in fuel and other costs.
Delta is also allowing its pilots to use the devices for personal use, which are specially loaded with mobile device management and BYOD features. They are permitted to install their own software and store personal information on these company-supplied tablets.
“We trust them to manage that side of the device,” said Dickson, senior vice president for flight operations.
Not only is Delta supplying pilots with mobile devices, the airlines will eventually provide flight attendants Windows phones to process in-flight food sales, seating arrangements and more!
Delta is not alone! American Air Lines is the first commercial carrier to acquire FAA approval to use the Apple iPad in the cockpit during all phases of flight. American is also hoping the tablet weighing less than two pounds will satisfy as a replacement for the thirty-something pound carry on luggage filled with maps and manuals.
American Air Lines has also been in test mode for the Samsung Galaxy Tablet to allow its operations teams to manage tasks, communicate with engineers, view technical information and review maintenance historyll critical functions.
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