Similar to the Paper Maps vs GPS (or Charts, for anyone who's been in that topic):
Curious to see what everyone's opinion about this apparent new trend. Coming from the f/w side at school, we hear stories all the time coming out of the US about companies switching to iPads, raving about ease of use and access to charts/approach plates/etc without having to drag all of it along.
I hadn't thought a lot about it on the rotary side of things, but on a trip to Florida had a chance to go to an open house at an airport, and the Sarasota Sheriff Department had a 407 with an actual bracket installed to hold an iPad in the cockpit. Pilot was convinced it was the best thing since sliced bread and then some; both for police specific tasks (beside the point) as well as pilot tasks (entirely the point).
I'm sure there's going to be a lot of 'always have paper copies', and I think that's a pretty established point that most of us agree with; but considering it as a supplement rather than a replacement, I'd love to hear what people think about the usefulness of it in the cockpit or if it's too much of a distraction in your opinion.