American Airlines’ (AAMRQ) pilots are going to be very happy to hear that the Federal Aviation Administration has green-lit the replacement of their 35 pound paper reference manuals with Apple (AAPL) iPads “in all phases of flight,” making it the first and only tablet to be approved for in-cockpit use so far. According to TheNextWeb, the switch to using iPads will save American Airlines $1.2 million of fuel costs annually. In addition to pilots getting companion iPads, American Airlines says flight attendants will get them soon as well. American Airlines will start transitioning to iPads later this month starting with its Boeing 777 fleet, and it will go entirely digital by the end of 2013.

[Via TheNextWeb]