- Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:04
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SriLankan Airlines’ enters the new age of ‘iPad electronic flying’ by switching from using bulky mandatory paper manuals, to a sleek 662 gram iPad, as SriLankan becomes Asia’s first airline to use the iPad Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) starting 29th August, 2012.
Pilots no longer need to lug 84 kilograms of paper manuals from aircraft to aircraft and from airport to airport and flip through pages, when the process is now streamlined to easy electronic searching.
UL 205 bound for Muscat today is the first flight to be operated utilisingiPad Class 1 EFBs which are Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) that store all the information that are generally available in several paper manuals, physically carried by pilots for reference. The iPad EFB is an information management device displaying data intended primarily for flight-deck or cabin use.
‘SriLankan has taken the lead in Asia to revolutionise the flight deck, realising the vision of paperless flying and becoming Asia’s first airline to fly with iPad EFBs’ said SriLankan’s Chairman, Nishantha Wickremasinghe.
iPad EFB usage will also result in reduced weight on board and paper clutter in the cockpit; reduce fuel usage due to more accurate takeoff & landing, weight & balance calculations; improved safety with on-board performance calculations; ability to increase payload with ‘real time’ performance calculations; improved route decisions; and in the whole process, save aircraft engine lifetime.
By end October 2012, the entire technical flight crew of approximately 300 pilots will be using the iPad EFBs in the all Airbus fleet of A340s, A330s and A320 aircraft.
The ‘green’ benefits of using iPad EFBs are also immense as there will be a drastic reduction in the use of thousands of sheets of paper and printing. iPad EFB usage will save approximately 264,000 gallons of jet fuel and in turn reduce tons of emissions.
SriLankan has become Asia’s first to get regulatory authorization from Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) for the use of the EFB and has opted for the EFB solution for iPad from Fokker Services in the Airbus A320's, A330's and A340's.
The versatility of the iPad will also allow to introduce many more features
Directlyrelated to passengers in the future.
Installation of an iPad EFB gives SriLankan a first step into the future of Crew Information Services. The vendor will eventually offer content, applications and services that connect all the data generated by an entire flight operation -- in the air, on the ground and in the hangar -- and make it meaningful to all users: pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, operations departments, airport users and other potential customers.