Spirit Magazine - May 2014 - (Page 160)
LESS IS MORE
Paper manuals get upgraded
thanks to a new SWA initiative.
Our Pilots are launching a weight-reduction
program-and it isn't because they've eaten
too many peanuts. They're actually shedding
weight from our planes with the Southwest
Airlines Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) program.
The initiative removes 80 pounds of paper from
each aircraft by replacing traditional paperbased manuals with the 1-pound iPad Air.
You've probably noticed Pilots preparing for
flights using paper documents, navigational
charts, and manuals. All of this paper is stored in
the cockpit in two 40-pound leather flight bags.
With the launch of the EFB, each Pilot's tablet
now houses all that data. While saving 80 pounds
per aircraft may not sound like much, Southwest
operates 3,600 daily flights, and that adds up to
105 million pounds. Every pound removed saves
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jet fuel, which is by far our largest expense as a
Company. Going paperless in our cockpits not
only directly impacts Southwest's ability to
continue providing low fares, but it also helps
us uphold our commitment to the environment.
We can now update manuals and flight procedures electronically, rather than printing them
out, and all that's required for our Crews to access
information is the swipe of a finger.
Launching the EFB involved coordinating
with the Federal Aviation Administration and
coming up with solutions-such as having backup power in the cockpit and other contingency
plans-to mitigate potential safety issues. Prior
to selecting the iPad Air as our EFB product, we
discussed best practices with airlines across the
world and partnered with our own Technology
Department to ensure that the device could
be used as a platform for growth for our entire
Company. The EFB's future performance
capabilities will allow us to expand past the
seams of the old flight bags.
The EFB comes during an exciting time of
growth and technological advancement for
Southwest. We look forward to serving you as
an even stronger airline as we continue to search
for and implement ways of becoming more efficient, connecting our operation, and passing
along more savings to you, our Customer.
So if you notice your Pilots scrutinizing their
iPads as you deplane, don't worry. They're not
trying to reach the next level in Angry Birds.
As always, they're working hard to provide our
Customers with safe, reliable, and low-cost air
travel. -Will Ware, Southwest First Officer and
EFB Team Lead
PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN KELLER
cut fuel costs.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spirit Magazine - May 2014
Spirit Magazine - May 2014
Gary’s Greeting en Español
Star of the Month
From the Editor
Eat Drink Sleep
Beef up broccoli (the vegan way)
Bunk over in Kennebunkport
Encourage creativity in the workplace
Strengthen your sense of humor
Learn a minty-fresh fact
Uncover indie e-books
Share with strangers
The Art of the Veer
The Carousel of Happiness
Your Adventure In Providence
Promotional Series: Spirit of California
Promotional Series: Spirit of New Mexico
Find fun on the fly
Products & Services
Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards Partners
Sit down with Sarah McLachlan
The “If” List
Spirit Magazine - May 2014