iPad for paperless cockpit
Tablets are now improving pilot productivity while reducing costs and over 120 lbs of paper.
US business jet operator Flexjet has secured FAA authorisation to use the iPad as an electronic flight bag (EFB).
The authorisation comes after 6 months of validation testing across Flexjet’s fleet of aircraft, and acceptance of its standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The company’s complete transition from paper to electronic navigational charts is planned for January 2013.
The EFB replaces paper-based reference materials - including navigation charts and aircraft operating manuals - with real-time data, and increased situational awareness for aircraft crews.
The iPad weighs ~1.35 pounds - significantly less than the over-120 pounds in printed materials typically required per flight. The weight reduction results in over half-a-gallon of fuel saved per flight hour.
Details from Flexjet below . .