Introducing the “Pilot Pad” – Airlines & Manufacturers Go Mobile
Following the example of American Airlines, Air France was the first European airline which announced the future use of iPads in the cockpits of their aircraft. All their Boeing 777- qualified pilots have been using it on a daily basis since June 2012, and all the Company’s 4100 pilots will be equipped by summer 2013. The iPad will offer training and refresher e-learning modules, i.e., aircraft system revision, self-service briefings, flight path and airfield recognition. Air France is also working to replace paper documentation on board with an electronic format thanks to another adapted tool (the Electronic Flight Bag – in short EFB) which will ultimately save weight and therefore fuel and CO2 emissions. According to American Airlines removing the 35-pound paper kitbag and replacing it with an Electronic Flight Bag from each plane will save an estimated $1.2 million of fuel annually based on current fuel prices. The Airbus EFB solution for iPad was announced at the Farnborough Air Show last year. Qantas has become a launch customer for the ‘FlySmart with Airbus’ cockpit applications on iPad. In addition to the EFB functions Airbus pilots will be able to compute their aircraft performance calculations to provide them with optimised and accurate results on any runway of their operational route network.