Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be able to help the United States Air Force to improve its operations and save costs by $50 million over the next ten years through its iPad devices, according to report from the Street.

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Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPad Will Replace Flight Manuals

The Air Mobility Command (AMC) of the Air Force approved the contract to purchase 18,000 units of iPad’s worth $9.36 million last year. Executive Technology won the contract to deploy the Electronic Flight Bags (EFB’s). The iPad will replace its existing flight manuals of the Air Force, which means the tablet will become an integral part of the daily military operations.

The Air Mobility Command is responsible in providing cargo and Passenger delivery, air refueling, and aero-medical evacuation worldwide. It also transports humanitarian supplies to areas in the United and around the world affected by calamities such as earthquake, flood, and hurricane. With the use of iPad’s from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the AMC aims to enhance its operations and to save millions of dollars.

EFB Program Manager, Major Brian Moritz said, “We’re saving about 90 pounds of paper per aircraft and limiting the need for each crew member to carry a 30 to 40 pound paper pile of flight manuals. It adds up to quite a lot of weight in paper.” According to him, AMC will be able to save $750,000 in fuel costs per year by replacing the heavy flight manuals. The job of its  air crew  will become easier and lighter because they will no longer have to haul those heavy flight manuals physically.

Major Moritz added that the AMC will also save money $5 million a year from printing and distributing thousands of flight manuals. He said, “It comes out to just over $5 million a year. With fuel savings, it comes out to $5.7 million annually in pure cost. When you look at $5.7 million a year, over 10 years, that’s well over $50 million.”

At present, there 16,000 units of third generation iPad’s which were already distributed to the aircrew of the AMC, and it is still waiting for the remaining 2,000 iPad’s. According to Moritz, the size of the display (9.7-inch), user interface, and ability to access information quickly are the key selling points of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad.