CHENNAI: Sri Lankan Airlines today introduced ipads in cockpits to replace bulky paper manuals on its Airbus A340, A330 and A320 aircraft.
The airline has become the first in Asia to get regulatory authorisation to use ipads in cockpit after Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) permitted the airline to switch to electronic flight bag (EFB).
Ipad based EFB is an information management device that displays data intended primarily for flight-deck or cabin use. Though pilots across different airlines have started to use ipads in an informal manner to refer to charts and manuals, many countries in the region including India have not given permission to their airlines to make cockpits fully paperless.
Bahrain Air , the private national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is the first airline in the region and one of the first five Airlines globally to implement FlySmart with Airbus's EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) solution which gives pilots a chance to exploit numerous features such as calculating flight performances and looking up flight manuals using Apple's popular digital device, the iPad. The new system, FlySmart with Airbus, replaces the traditional PC-based EFB method.
Airbus, the famous maker of commercial planes, is proud to be the first to provide Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) performance-calculating applications for pilots on the iPad. The company chose the Apple tablet because it sets the benchmark for this device category, according to its EVP of Airbus Customer Services, Didier Lux.
By Billy Steele posted Jul 11th, 2012 at 4:58 AM 0
For a while now, iPads have been used to replace paper in a pilot's daily duties. Airbus is also looking to further the cause with its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications for the Apple slate. Pretty soon, airlines will have an alternative to existing EFB tech that runs PC operating systems with the "FlySmart with Airbus" app suite.