It's doubtful that even the late Steve Jobs would have seen this coming. The FAA has just approved the use of iPads as electronic flight bags for American Airlines' crews. Jeppesen provides the software that American's iPads run.
Lots of airlines are trialling them, thousands of pilots use them unofficially, business aviation pilots organise their lives and work with iPads, general aviation pilots navigate with them
But this is the first really big official blessing for a new way of managing information in a cockpit.
ARINC is just one of many other operations support providers that offers an iPad app for business aviators.
Any modern laptop with the right app can do the job, so why the iPad?
Its compact tablet format, touch-screen control and one-touch access to a plethora of functions from flight information through performance calculation to charts make it easy to use in an environment where there's very little space and a lot going on. The iPad's long battery life and high definition display also help.
It's a no-brainer really. The question now remaining is whether anything more than a cockpit-dockable tablet computer is going to be required for the EFB function in the future.