Approximately 11,000 pilots at United Continental will begin receiving iPads today as the carrier converts to paperless cockpits, according to “MarketWatch” (

The iPads will replace paper flight manuals and navigational charts with applications such as Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. Using the iPad should improve safety and efficency as pilots will no longer have to thumb through thousands of sheets of paper to find what they need during a flight, the airline said. What’s more, the move saves 16 million sheets of paper and 326,000 gallons in fuel because of the lighter weight, says “MarketWatch.”