EFB Data – How not to drown in it - webinar from Arconics

Electronic Flight Bag data webinar from Arconics

Arconics webinar

EFB Data – How not to drown in it (Register for free)

Join Arconics Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) experts for a webinar on 26th of February at 7:00 and 15:00 UTC and learn how to efficiently manage multiple EFB data streams and greatly enhance an existing EFB program. The Webinar will also cover the latest trends and innovations in both EFB software and hardware and use case studies from successful airline / aircraft operator EFB projects to show how these latest innovations can maximize the operational and economic benefit of any EFB program.

EFB systems in many airlines are now maturing with many successful implementations. As an airline expands functionality, managing multiple streams of data such as Digital Library, Electronic Flight Folder and eTechlog is becoming the key challenge.  Consequently, airlines with successful EFB deployments are meeting key challenges in EFB data distribution and tracking.  During the Webinar the Arconics experts will walk you through the processes of managing this key data using sophisticated yet simple to use software solutions.

This Webinar is therefore an excellent opportunity for airlines and operators to learn key lessons from successful EFB projects and crucially how to manage the vast amount of EFB data and reporting.  In addition, during the Webinar you will see live iPad demonstrations of some of Arconics’ industry leading EFB software solutions, including:

  • Digital Library: You will see how to simplify the entire flight operations manual publishing and compliance process in both PDF and XML formats and via all devices including iPad / tablets and fixed EFB units.  You will see how pilots can find their key information fast.
  • Electronic Flight Folder: You will see how this EFB module delivers FCBP (Flight Crew Briefing Packs) to crew iPad/EFB devices (inc: OFP’s, NOTAM’s, weather & Flight logs) and how the system captures flight related data from the flight crew during flight and returns the data to the ground system in XML format.
  • EFB Data Distribution & Tracking: You will see how to provide a complete audit trail for admin and user activities and administrators can download and export file and user activity reports, including how many times a file has been opened, which users have downloaded a particular document.

Delivered by the Arconics EFB and avionics experts who share many years of experience between them, working with major airlines such as Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Thomson Airways and aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Bombardier and Rolls-Royce, this webinar is not one to be missed, so add the date to your calendar and tune in!

The Arconics Team

Cathay Pacific selects Arconics

Cathay Pacific selects Arconics Aerodocs EFB Digital Library

Arconics are pleased to announce that Cathay Pacific has selected the company’s AeroDocs EFB Digital Library for installation on all e-Enabled aircraft with deployment commenced in January 2015.

The best-in-class Digital Library will be available on Class 3 EFBs on the flight deck.

AeroDocs Digital Library enables pilots to access and search manuals and documents, allowing fast search, real-time updating, and offline access. Cathay Pacific administrators on the ground get real-time visibility and control of the distribution process, ensuring that all aircraft are updated and that all pilots have access to the current version of documents. Arconics will also integrate AeroDocs into existing Cathay Pacific systems to minimize the operational overhead and assure consistency across all systems.

Of the agreement, Arconics CEO Niall O’Sullivan said:Cathay Pacific selects Arconics

‘We’re thrilled that Cathay Pacific has selected our AeroDocs Digital Library to power EFBs on eEnabled Aircraft. We see measurable benefits for Cathay Pacific with AeroDocs EFB and we’re looking forward to seeing those benefits realised as part of a mutually successful partnership’.

ABOUT ARCONICS

Arconics, through its aircraft e-Enablement platform helps airlines increase revenues, reduce costs and improve safety and compliance with mobile apps and powerful enterprise software and turnkey solutions.

Arconics was founded in 2001. Since our first software deployment that year, many operators of commercial, private and military aircraft worldwide have chosen our software to help them better manage their operations.

Arconics is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with an Asia-Pacific office in Sydney, Australia.

AeroDocs EFB delivers critical documents and operational information to flight crews via mobile apps and onboard Electronic Flight Bags, allowing them to work more safely and efficiently. Integrated authoring, tracking and reporting reduce the cost and complexity of the entire publication and compliance cycle.

PaxApp delivers critical documents and operational information to cabin crews via mobile apps, allowing them to do their jobs more efficiently and address all issues related to cabin management with their ground based colleagues.

CloudStore IFE provides entertainment content, retail and advertising to passengers on mobile devices. It allows the airline to control, measure and personalize the experience in real time plus maximize engagement and ancillary revenue.

PRESS CONTACT:   Michael Reilly | VP Avionics + Entertainment
T: +61 410 59 64 74 | E: michael.reilly@arconics.com

Thomson Airways

Arconics delivers 787 EFB Document Management for Thomson Airways

Thomson Airways is the world’s largest leisure airline, offering flights from the UK and Ireland to destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Thomson Airways became the first UK airline to take delivery of the Boeing 787, receiving the first aircraft in May 2013. They turned to Arconics to help them manage the documentation for the new fleet.

The Challenge

In addition to the new Class 3’s on the B787, Thomson Airways uses a range of Class 1 and 2 EFBs on other fleets. Producing manuals that can be viewed easily and reliably across devices is difficult and time-consuming. Thomson Airways was using an authoring system based on a standard XML editor. The system had serious problems including a high training requirement, an internal IT burden caused by locally installed editing software and recurring problems with overall reliability.

The impending arrival of the new B787 fleet led to a search for a new authoring and distribution system. Phil Ganewski, Manager of Flight Support, led a comprehensive evaluation of 8 different vendors across a wide range of functional and business categories. The evaluation was comprehensive, with particular attention paid to;

  • Authoring
  • Workflows, groups, and user management
  •  Security and Auditing
  • Publishing outputs – HTML, PDF, XML, Class 1, 2 & 3.
  • Importing and editing Boeing FTID
  • Overall architecture
  • Availability of EFB software
  • Training, ease of use, and vendor support

According to Phil “We needed a solution that was completely web-based.  We have busy people across the organization including Fleet Managers, Technical Pilots and Subject Matter Experts who update the manuals, but authoring is not their main job. By definition, authoring is done when the time is available.  They can go for months without using the system, so ease-of-use was a major concern.  We did a comprehensive due diligence exercise and the Arconics AeroDocs system had green ticks across the board.”

The Solution

Arconics worked closely with Thomson Airways to define the requirements for a customized solution that would meet Thomson’s needs for authoring and delivery to Class 1, 2 and 3 EFBs, including the EDB on the Boeing Class 3 EFB on the 787 fleet.

The deployment was not without challenges. The Class 1 EFBs were tightly locked down, which required some additional work to roll out the system. The authors had to be trained on the new Arconics authoring system, which took about half a day,  supplemented by some remote support as they began working with the system.
“We had some unique requirements, but Arconics gave us the help and support we needed.  Sometimes they had a solution figured out before we had finished describing the problem. It was also very helpful that the software was so easy to use. There was nothing that could have been done better during the implementation” said Phil.

The Outcome

AeroDocs was deployed in time to support the B787’s first flight. Now over 40 people across Thomson are using AeroDocs to edit Boeing and Thomson Airways manuals including FCOM, MEL, and Ops Manual Parts A, B and D, and other flight ops manuals and handbooks. Overall document publishing coordination and administration of the system is handled by a single employee.

The system is helping Thomson Airways meet its goal of a paperless cockpit, which will generate savings of several hundred thousand pounds per year.

More significantly, using AeroDocs has helped standardize manuals and the revision process across the organisation. The AeroDocs manual viewer delivers a better user experience for the pilots, who can now navigate and search the manuals more easily, improving safety. The UK Civil Aviation Authority are also connected to the AeroDocs system, allowing them to review and approve changes online.

Thomson Airways is now enabling AeroDocs across all their fleets and all devices, including Class 1 and 2 EFBs on the 737, 757 and 767 fleets, and to pilots’ own devices and laptops.

Phil concluded “I’ve worked with a lot of companies, but few are as good as Arconics.  The team are highly knowledgeable, the work gets done, and if there’s a problem, I know I’ll get the support I need.”