It was obvious to anyone in the aviation industry, a pilots flight bag, sized perfectly for anything a pilot would need. It had pockets for pens, books, and room for thick manuals in ringed binders and instructions that working pilots need. A fully loaded one is said to weigh more than 50 pounds.
I thought about his green bag when a couple people passed along the recent announcement by Alaska Airlines that it was eliminating pilot manuals. In its place will be a slim iPad with an application called GoodReader. Alaska is the first airline to put the flight manuals on the iPad.
"When the iPad hit the market, we took one look at it and said this is the perfect fit," said Gary Beck, Alaska Airlines' Vice President of Flight Operations.
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The iPad will eliminate something like 2.4 million pieces of paper. It will be easier for pilots to carry, and of course save all that that weight that would be boarded on the the aircraft.
A search on the Internet that took too much time revealed nothing that could link the old pilot's flight bag to the term "green bag." However, the weight and fuel savings by programs like the one at Alaska Airlines, could now actually earn a pilot's flight bag that reputation.