Alaska Airlines has begun a program to phase out printed flight manuals with digital copies carried on an iPad.

What do those of you who sit in the front seat think about the idea? To me it seems like a good idea on the face of it, but I can imagine concerns regarding using consumer grade hardware for what would become flight critical equipment in an emergency.

I see comments elsewhere which raise some interesting points for potential enhancements, some of which are in use already by private pilots:
  • Automatic selection of approach charts based on GPS location
  • Actual position displayed on a approach chart
  • More easily visible in dim lighting

And best of all:...