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s airlines struggle to boost the
efficiency of their operations and
reduce costs, every ounce of weight
that can be saved from an aircraft
counts in reducing fuel burn. One
approach is to cut back on paper in
the cockpit, and the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) is a key
technolog y to achieve this.
The EFB is an ele ctronic information manag ement
device that allows management tasks to be performed
more easily and with less paper. Based on a general-
purpose computing platform, the system replaces such
traditiona l items as the aircraft operating manual, flight
crew operating manual and navigational charts. It can
also run software applications that automate routine
tasks normally carried out by hand, such as performance
While a pilot’s old-fashioned flight bag with its
contents could weigh as much as 40lb (18kg ), an EFB
typically weighs in at 1-5lb.
Information technology (IT) specialist Lufthans a
Systems is one company offering EFB soft ware, which
can be used on various hardware systems. Its Lido/
FlightBag solution is a component of the company’s
Lido/FlightOps Suite of operational tools.
Lufthansa Systems calls the EFB “a major step forward
towards optimised flight deck processes”. It adds that the
Lido/FlightBag “generates considerable saving s for the
a irline and reduces the pilots’ workload”.
“Lido/FlightBag provides cockpit crews with an
electronic information manag ement system that
combines pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight activities
as well as on-board and ground services,” explained
Marc Szepan, S enior Vice President Airline Operations
Solutions at Lufthansa Systems.
Using the system, an a irline can g enerate significant
annual cost savings per aircraft thanks purely to weight
reduction. In addition, the carrier saves on printing and
distribution costs for cockpit documentation such as
navigational charts, technical publications and flight
operations manuals, generating annual savings of as
much as US$1,000 dollars per aircraft.
“In all, a major international network carrier can save
about US$4.3 million per year,” Lufthansa Systems says.
“Reduced fuel consumption and less paper consumption
also ease the burden on the environment.”
Lido/FlightBag ’s individual applications are fully
integrated and can exchange data among themselves.
Furthermore, the platform can receive data from the
cockpit avionics system, g uaranteeing uniformity of
information throughout the flight. The system also
enables quick access to current operational data and
other important, flight-related documents.
“ Ultimately, this reduces the pilots’ workload
and contributes to a safe and efficient flight,” the
Applications running through the Lido/FlightBag
can be customized according to airline requirements. For
example, carriers can opt for the Lido/eRouteManual
electronic navigation charts, enabling pilots to see all
relevant route information at a glance.
They can also select the Electronic Flight Folder
(EFF) – an electronic briefing package that contains all
flight-related documents and data in a standardized data
structure, allowing for bookmarks and annotations.
The Lido/FlightBag ground portal connects the
EFB and its applications to an airline’s g round-based
IT environment. This enables the EFB administrator to
track and trace all rele vant information, handles updates
for the device and ensures an airline has operational and
commercial control over its ground-cockpit data flows,
independent of any aircraft manufacturer.
Lufthansa Systems says an additional advantag e of
the Lido/FlightBag is that it is independent of EFB
hardware and aircraft types – especially important for
commercial airlines that operate mixed fleets.
The system can run as a so-called ‘Class 1’ solution
meaning that it is used though a commercial off -
the-shelf noteb ook and stowed as lo ose equipment
during critical phases of flight. Alternatively, it can be
permanently installed in the cockpit as a mounted ‘Class
2’ solution, or fully integrated in the cockpit as a ‘Class
3’ on-board information solution.
Lido/FlightBag customers to date include a number
of international carriers, among them Lufthansa and
In Asia, Lufthansa Systems has also gained customers
for its Lido/FlightOps solutions. Most recently, Malaysia
Airlines (MAS) has selected the Lido/RouteManual
navigational charts solution for its operations.
Malaysia’s national carrier recently signed a five -
year agreement to use the system, which provides
electronically generated charts created from a
comprehensive, worldwide geographical database that
also includes all relevant aeronautical information. The
airline will later upgrade to the IT specialist’s Lido/
eRouteManual electronic navigation charts system,
which offers such features as a zoom function to choose
the depth of information displayed.
MAS will receive around one million charts in its first
delivery, Lufthansa Systems says.
“ We were impressed by the clear structure and layout
of the Lido RouteManual charts, which will make
navigation easier for our pilots,” says Dato’ Captain
Ahmad Zuraidi Dahalan, senior general manager of
flight operations at MAS. “ Furthermore, migrating to
the electronic version of the charts later on will enable
us to move forward to a paperless cockpit.”
MAS announced in December, that it would use
Lufthansa Systems’ Lido/FMS navigation database on
its new fleet of Boeing 737-800 single-aisle twinjets.
The database contains a ll important route information,
including altitude and airport data for optimising routes
and supporting autopilots aboard modern aircraft.
The navigation data are updated every 28 days,
Lufthansa Systems says. ●
Lufthansa Systems points the
way to paperless cockpits
With every ounce of weight saved on an aircraft leading to fuel-burn and emissions reductions, airlines are
increasingly setting the goal of eliminating paper from their cockpits. Germany’s Lufthansa Systems is one company
offering the means to do this, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
Lufthansa Systems says the Lido/FlightBag can
generate annual savings of more than US$4
million on a major network.
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