I thought Josh and any other aviators or aviation enthusiasts we have here would find this interesting.
United Airlines is giving iPhone 6 Plus smartphones to 23,000 flight attendants in a major enterprise rollout of Apple's big screen devices.
The airline said it will begin distributing the handsets to staff during the second quarter of 2015.
The iPhones will be used for most onboard retail transactions and will also allow workers access to corporate email, intranet and policies and procedures manuals. The airline also plans to replace flight attendants' printed safety manuals with an electronic version on their iPhones, and provide real-time reporting and improved follow-up on aircraft cabin issues and repairs. In addition, United said it plans to develop "customer-focused" tools for the device, but didn't detail what they will entail.
The deployment of the iPhone 6 Plus for United crew builds on the airline's deployment of iPads to pilots which began in 2011, in a move toward creating paperless aircraft and flight decks. More recently, United renewed the iPad pilot programme with the deployment of iPad Air 2 tablets.
Airlines are something of a growing market for tablets: both Apple's iPad and Microsoft's Surface have been pressed into service to replace paper flight manuals for pilots because they are significantly lighter than their usual luggage. For example, Delta said that rolling out Surface 2 tablets to 11,000 pilots could save 1.2 million gallons of aviation fuel per year because the slate weighed a mere 1.5 pounds compared to a traditional flight bag's weight of around 38 pounds.
Other airlines are also moving to adopt nascent technology: Virgin Atlantic, for instance, has been testing out both Google Glass and Apple's iBeacon technology at London's Heathrow airport.
This story originally posted as "iPhone 6 Plus ready for takeoff as airline plans Apple rollout" on ZDNet.
"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." - Herm Albright
The first couple years I was flying for the company I work for (I've been here 6 1/2 years now) I had paper charts. One book about 2 inches thick would cover two states. So if I flew to NC I'd have to have 3 or 4 books. Then each month when the revisions came out I'd have to flip through the books, pull out the old page, put the new one in. Sometimes this would take me an hour to do, depending on how many updates there were.
Now when the updates are available I just click Download and in a few minutes it's done . And I don't have the extra weight and space that the books took up.