Mesa Air Group has received approval from the FAA to start the validation process to use the Apple iPad as a class I electronic flight bag (EFB), which would allow its pilots to eventually replace their traditional hardcopy documents with digital files.
The airline group will use the EFB along with pilots' current flight bags, with the intent of replacing the traditional flight bags with the tablets, for the next six months.
The FAA defines a class I EFB as a portable, commercial off-the-shelf device that is not mounted to the aircraft itself and does not have a dedicated power supply on the aircraft.
Mesa Air Group's airlines include Mesa Airlines and the Hawaiian low-cost carrier Go! The airline group also operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contract. Mesa operates 77 aircraft.