Click the image to watch Mr. Roy explaining the AFB class 2-plus; "The benefit of having fixed and removable parts is that it is open and flexible," he said.
"If an airline - for example Lufthansa - likes to give a laptop to each of its pilots, he can plug it into the aircraft's docking station, it will be displayed on the flightdeck screens, and can be removed at the end of the flight," he says. "Another configuration could be an airline that keeps it on board and removes it just for updates."
Airbus’ EFB content available in the iPad.
Airbus has become the first aircraft manufacturer to provide its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) performance-calculating applications for Pilots on iPad. Airlines will soon be able to download the first apps as part of its “FlySmart with Airbus” EFB portfolio from the App Store. Pilots will be able to compute performance calculations and also consult Airbus’ Flight Operations Manuals from a light hand-held device.
Didier Lux, EVP of Airbus Customer Services says: “15 years ago Airbus was the pioneer in providing the first EFB applications with the goal of creating the ‘paperless’ cockpit. Today we go a step further: By combining our EFB content with the world’s most versatile mobile digital device, the iPad, airline pilots will be able to optimize aircraft performance in the palm of their hand, while obtaining savings in cost, weight and time.”
Airbus’ new iPad solution has been tested by Airbus pilots in order to ensure its compliance with Airbus EFB standards. Moreover, Airbus has already ordered iPads for its Flight Test and Training Department who will use of FlySmart with Airbus on iPad as standard practice from now on. Licenses for the EFB apps are available exclusively to Airbus customers.