Armed with the right tablets and the right apps, airlines can find real efficiencies across many scenarios. One of those scenarios is the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), in which pilots can benefit greatly from a single device powerful enough to support them throughout their day, like Windows tablets based on Intel Core or Intel Atom processors.
Today’s airlines need to:
- Arm pilots with an enterprise-grade and manageability device to replace their heavy flight bags, monolithic EFB devices, and laptops; New devices are thin, lightweight, and have a long battery life to keep up with pilots’ busy schedules
- Empower pilots to perform all “Plan, File, Fly” functions from the cockpit on a single device with robust EFB apps
- Enable remote collaboration with air traffic control, ground crew, and other pilots through Lync teleconferencing connectivity
- Provide individualized employee portals for email, scheduling, training, and corporate updates
Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) have promised to revolutionize the cockpit since they first appeared on the market. These single-function devices provide convenient, easy-to-search content like the aircraft operating manual and navigational charts for air and ground operations. But safety concerns have limited the extent to which they have been able to banish paper from the cockpit.
With the arrival of tablets, the EFB functionalities have been augmented by laptop abilities, like email and collaboration. Remote collaboration can replace face-to-face meetings with air-traffic control. Digital interface with the aircraft’s systems can eliminate paper markups of flight plans. Electronic filing of flight plans with one click upon arrival can replace in-person filing of paper plans. Robust EFB apps, relying on powerful processors with enterprise-grade security and manageability, can take pilots through the full process of Plan, File, and Fly in a seamless app experience. Over in-flight Wi-Fi or integrated broadband, pilots can stay connected to corporate resources and collaborate from anywhere, including on a long distance flight. The connection is robust and constant, allowing video-conferencing, data downloads or uploads, as well as instant notification of emails and messages.
These innovations are streamlining the pilot’s work flow and enabling them to realize large time savings. In addition, thin and light rugged tablets are able to replace the heavy, fuel-burning weight of the flight bag.