Home' Asian Aviation : AAV April 2012 Contents solution attracts a wider audience, because the cost levels
are signi cantly lower than traditional EFB systems.
Furthermore, the new generation tablets have a very
well thought out human interface design and are very
customer-friendly to use," he says.
Swedish company NavAero is less convinced about
the future of the iPad as a Class 2 solution. NavAero has
been in the EFB market since 2004, with customers in
the Asia-Paci c region including Malaysia Airlines, Jet
Air ways and Jetstar. Malaysia Airlines started to equip
its eet late last year with the t.BagC2 system featuring
WiFi connectivity and the t.Pad 2000 display.
NavAero has also developed a tablet EFB solution, the
t.Tablet, which provides a mounting structure for tablet
devices, meets industry standards and can be con gured
to provide enhanced capabilities through certified
connection to aircra power and certi ed connectivity
to aircra data buses. Discussions are ongoing with
several customers regarding tablet EFB technolog y,
but no rm commitments have been received, says
Simone Giordano, vice president customer operations
Unlike other suppliers, NavAero does not anticipate
a major swing to the iPad and other tablets as an EFB
platform. "With the unique project scopes that the
EFB is always asked to ful l, coupled with the burden
of certi cation and approval creates substantial obstacles
for the iPad as a reliable and viable Class 2 EFB solution.
We do believe that the iPad can be a perfect complement
to an installed Class 2 solution -- as a pilot-attached
device or as a back-up device, as well as a means to move
information from the cockpit to the airline s ground
infrastructure when no other tools are available," says
e Asia-Paci c region is driving much of the push
towards a paperless future, says Giordano. "We believe
the Asia-Pacific region will drive most of the EFB
initiatives in the next few years. While we also see
growth in Europe and the Middle East, we expect the
growth rate to be higher in Asia," Giordano says, adding
that NavAero is well-positioned in the region and
anticipates adding "a few other big names" to its Asia-
Paci c customer list in the next few months.
Lu hansa Systems, meanwhile, launched its iPad
EFB solution last year. "The iPad solution mainly
consists of applications that allow a paperless cockpit
like navigational charts (Lido/iRouteManual, enroute
charts), a document viewer for airplane and operations
manuals, a performance app, a weight and balance app,
a brie ng app. ese features will be subsequently added
over time," says Stefan Auerbach, SVP Airline Solutions.
e iPad solution can be used as a class 2 EFB and can be
used during all phases of ight.
Auerbach sees a role for both standard EFBs and
tablet version. "I still see a role for both solutions,
depending on what the requirements of an airline are.
A full blown EFB o ers possibilities an iPad-solution
doesn t support at the moment, for example applications
that need a certain level of certi cation. Nevertheless the
iPad is an appropriate solution for an airline that wants
to y paperless."
Canadian company Esterline CMC Electronics
has 15 airlines using its PilotView EFB system and
has developed Tandem, which is a so ware solution
enabling PilotView to share ight operations data and
so ware application les with an iPad. " is approach
leverages on the communication capabilities of the iPad
and augments the value of the installed EFB system," says
"I still see a role for both solutions, depending on what the
requirements of an airline are." Stefan Auerbach, SVP Airline
Solutions, Lufthansa Systems
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