http://www.business2community.com/c...ressed-by-alaska-airlines-ipad-rollout-035879 I love Alaska Airlines. Good service, great prices, and the best frequent-flyer/mileage program in the biz (only wish they flew to more places). But recent news about Alaska’s iPad deployment left me distinctly underwhelmed. According to various headlines, Alaska is the first airline to get approval from the FAA to replace its required on-board 25-pound flight manual with an iPad. 400 MB worth of documents will be stored as a PDF on the iPads that pilots will access via a $4.99 app called GoodReader. All of Alaska’s 1,400 pilots will be using the iPads by the middle of June. I totally get the convenience of Alaska being able to electronically update the flight manual documents from a single central location, rather than the torturous process of manually replacing individual pages. As well as the space they’ll save in those cramped cockpits. And the 2.4 million pieces of paper they hope to eventually save. But some of the other rationale for ROI were suspect: fuel savings (from 25 pounds, really?!), and “fewer back and muscle injuries caused by pilots carrying flight bags” (now we’re really straining (pun intended). Also, due to FAA rules about electronic devices, pilots won’t be able to use the iPad during the takeoff and landing phases.