Aerospace and defence business intelligence website Shepherd reports that USMC aviators in Afghanistan have been using iPads pre-loaded with maps of the area theyâ€™re flying over to assist them in the cockpit. According to Shepherd, the marine pilots have been using iPads and iPad 2s with digital maps since last November. The digital maps enable them to search the region by simply tapping the screen, instead of having to work their way through piles and piles of heavy map packs. Apparently the situation in Afghanistan is such that flight crews normally have to carry lots of different map packs that cover the whole country so that they can liaise with troops on the ground.
Shepard says that iPads will also soon be equipped on US-based aircraft for training purposes.
Source: iPad proving invaluable for Marine Corps aviators | Shephard Group via 9to5 Mac