Thursday, March 22, 2012

2012 Will be the Year of the iPad EFB

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Looking back at aviation technology, nothing in memory stands out for its promise of affordable, multipurpose capabilities more than the Apple iPad, which turned 2 years old on January 27, 2012. Despite its promise of saving money as an electronic flight bag (EFB) or as part of an in-flight entertainment system (IFE), many have done little more than dream. They know that bleeding-edge technology is not without risk: solving unpredictable and unforeseen problems can require a lot of time and money.

It is time to put those fears to rest. 2012 promises to be the year of the iPad EFB. To help your budgeting process, ASIG has a downloadable guide—flyTab: The iPad2 EFB Solution. This comprehensive 33-page proposal concisely addresses every pertinent facet of integration, installation, and support. Its appendices include regulatory guidance and the instructions used in ASIG’s rapid decompression and EMI testing of iPad EFBs.

A few short weeks ago the FAA approved American Airlines’ use of the iPad EFBs during all phases of flight. The fleet-wide implementation will begin with the Boeing 777, reports ZDNet. American isn’t the only one turning to the iPad EFB. United, Alaska, UPS, and others are evaluating it.

ASIG cut its teeth on iPad EFBs well before the tablet turned one, certifying it for use during all phases of flight on the N-Jet charter fleet in December 2010. While others are just now taking this first step, ASIG developed its flyTab solutions that take the next steps that cover everything from power conditioning and data connectivity solutions to cases, mounts, and kneeboards for commercial, military, and general aviation operators.

From fuel burn to shuffling paper to strained backs, the savings the iPad EFB make possible are well known. ASIG is committed to making flyTab the most effective and affordable EFB solution available today. We invite further discussions to explore all of the ways that we can combine our team and your team into an efficient, effective and cohesive iPad EFB team!

Until next time, stay 5x5, mission ready, and Wired!