London Stansted-based charter and airline sub-charter specialist, Titan Airways, has become the first UK airline to gain approval for Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) to be used as the sole source of information on its flight deck and has issued pilots of its Airbus A320 with iPad based EFBs.
The EFB is an electronic information management device, designed to reduce or replace the need for traditional paper manuals. Functions of the technology include performance figure calculation, chart display, taxi positional awareness, video flight deck entry surveillance, and electronic access to documents.
The introduction of the EFB onto the flight deck will enable the carrier to make flight operations and maintenance cost savings, improve safety and efficiency, and enhance document accessibility and configuration control, as well as eliminating the need for heavy paper manuals.
Titan Airways estimates that the EFB will reduce the amount of paper onboard by around 90%. It will also allow pilots to obtain the most up-to-date information at the push of a button.
Captain Andrew Taggart, EFB Manager, explains:
“The innovation in Electronic Flight Bags is exciting both technically and in terms of efficiency and is transforming the way we operate on the flight deck.
Having researched the range of products available on the market, we opted for applications produced by two of the biggest names in aviation: Jepessen’s FliteDeck Pro, for charting; and Airbus’s FlySmart, for takeoff and landing performance calculations. Together they combine to provide a self contained EFB, allowing us operate anywhere in the world without the need for internet connectivity. Which was an important factor for us, given our specialism in rapid response air charter, with the ability to launch within 60 minutes to any one of over 5000 airports on our database.”
Following the successful introduction of the EFB to the Airbus, Titan Airways will shortly begin rolling out the new technology to its Boeing 737, 757 and 767 aircraft.