1time will become the first airline in Africa and only the third airline in the world after Alaska Airlines and American Airlines, to introduce Apple’s iPad2 into the pilots’ flight deck as an all-in-one Electronic Flight Bag (EFB).
The airline in a press release said that through the paperless application, 1time’s pilots will have electronic fingertip access to a variety of vital resources normally included in a pilot’s carry-on flight bag. This includes exchange/mail capacity, rostering, the latest weather updates, passenger information and loads, system and performance manuals, as well as electronic weight and balance.
1time’s Chief Executive Officer, Rodney James, said the use of the iPad2 as an EFB will ensure that the airline’s pilots’ duties are simplified and more efficient.
“The EFB application for the iPad2 is truly unique, and will help our flight crews perform flight management tasks more easily, swiftly, and efficiently. It also results in the creation of a paper-less environment.”
An EFB simplifies pre-flight planning and assists with in-flight operations. EFB devices can display a variety of aviation data or perform basic calculations, such as performance data, and fuel calculations.
The iPad2 has also has been cleared by the American Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) as a device that doesn’t interfere with airplane electronics. The device has ten-hour rated battery life, resulting in pilots being able to use the device on long flights without needing to connect it to a power socket in the flight deck.
1time is working closely with aviation expert Jeppesen, the South African Civil Aviation Authority, and Apple, in order to ensure that the iPad2 is an efficient, effective and convenient all-in-one package.
Jeppesen is also set to provide airlines with tailored coverage, which will extend the iPad2 applications to include Enroute and Text, and thus provide a full route manual suite.
James said that 1time would continue to seek technological solutions that benefit its customers and operations.
1time did not say when it would introduce the iPads and could not be reached for comment at the time of going to publication.