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Meet ViaSat at EFB Users Forum, Vienna, June 13 – 15, 2017

The EFB Users Forum is one of our favourite events, as it’s a great opportunity to learn more about airlines’ experiences with electronic flight bags, and also to help guide the future direction of our industry.

The forum is the key event for airlines, system integrators, hardware and software providers, regulators, and other interested parties to present and discuss topics of interest to the user community. Of particular interest to the ViaSat team are the sessions on user experiences, where we get to learn, in detail, how and why electronic flight bags are so useful to airlines and the issues that need to be resolved to make them do an even better job. We use these sessions to help drive our product development process

ViaSat-EFB_Hero.pngWho: Meet the ViaSat team at EFB Users Forum, Vienna 2017.

What: Learn about our modular electronic flight bag and our AeroDocs airline document management system.

Why: Our Flight Ops systems deliver immediate benefits to your airline and get you on the Flight Path to the Connected Aircraft.

Where: Vienna Marriott Hotel, Parkring 12a, Vienna 1010, Austria

When: June 13 – 15, 2017. The main expo takes place on Tuesday, June 13, with supplemental expo on Wednesday, June 14.

Read our post about EFB classifications here.


Learn more

Register for the event here: http://www.aviation-ia.com/aeec/projects/efb_users_forum/index.html

Our modular electronic flight bag software: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

In-flight internet from ViaSat: https://www.viasat.com/services/commercial-aviation

AeroDocs, the Safety and Compliance Document Management System for Aviation: https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

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See ViaSat EFB at MRO and Flight Ops IT Conference, Amsterdam, 7 – 8 June

The Airline and Aerospace MRO and Operations IT Conference is the world’s only event to address the key issues relating to the development of IT and its importance for flight ops. This June, you can experience ViaSat AeroDocs airline document management system demos, and enjoy a product showcase of ViaSat EFB.

AeroDocs-airline-document-control-software-Arconics-2.gifThis Aircraft Commkerce event provides a single source for airlines, aircraft operators and independent MROs, to discover – in just 2 days, over June 7 – 8, 2017 – more about how new technology can streamline and increase their operating efficiency as well as reduce costs dramatically. According to the organisers, the conference provides 3 great opportunities:

  • Software Demos: A large exhibition area allows airlines, aircraft operators and MROs the opportunity to try out and demo the major software and hardware systems from the world’s leading vendors. The solutions you will be able to demo include: MRO/M&E: Fully integrated MRO / M&E systems, ERP Integrated Software, Paperless Systems, Supply Chain Management Solutions, Digital Documentation Management Solutions, Paperless Manuals, Documentation Scanning Solutions, Mobile/Tablet solutions for the Hangar, etc;  Flight Operations: Digital and Paperless  Solutions for the Flight Deck, EFB, ETL, Flight Planning Systems, Fuel Management / Efficiency, Aircraft Connectivity, Crew & Scheduling Solutions, Load Management and more. 60+ IT and hardware vendors are exhibiting their solutions including ViaSat. We will offer demos of our EFB and our aviation specific document management system, AeroDocs.
  • Agenda of Presentations: A 2-day agenda of presentations, given by industry experts and the IT users themselves, will discuss the latest key issues and trends in this rapidly developing sector of the industry. Case studies and interactive workshops are included to ensure that delegates receive key, varied and fresh information. Look out also for the new ‘Vendor Showcase’ section, at which we will present ViaSat EFB and the Flight Path to the Connected Aircraft!
  • Network with your peers: 300+ key executives from airlines, operators, MROs, OEMs, IT Vendors, Regulators and Consultants from across the EMEA zone will be in attendance, allowing for exceptional networking and the exchange of ideas. We value this event for the opportunity to network with aviation professionals and to learn more about what’s driving IT development.

The ViaSat team would be delighted to meet you at this event. Just click here and tell us which day and time suit you best, or simply visit us at our stand. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam.


Learn more

Conference agenda and registration info: http://www.aircraft-commerce.com/conferences/EMEA2017/default.asp

In-flight internet from ViaSat: https://www.viasat.com/services/commercial-aviation

ViaSat wireless IFE software: https://www.arconics.com/wireless-ife-cloudstore/

AeroDocs, the Safety and Compliance Document Management System for Aviation: https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

Our modular electronic flight bag software: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

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Sleigh Connectivity Delivered to Santa Claus by ViaSat

Learn more: Santa Claus selects ViaSat sleigh connectivity

We just got a call on our red phone from the North Pole’s most famous aviator – Santa Claus. After much ho-ho-ho-ing, he told us that he’s done the research, accepts that the future will be connected, and feels the need for immediate sleigh connectivity. Surely it would make sense for the electronic flight bag on the sleigh (our AeroEFB product, which Santa selected last year) to integrate with sleigh data and then send it back to North Pole base in real-time? We agreed. So the Arconics integration elves got to work…

We’re so proud that our most famous EFB customer came back to us to take the next step to satellite connectivity! Now that Arconics is part of ViaSat, we can offer a fully-connected aviation app suite, with connectivity across the sleigh (including the SID, Sleigh Interface Device), into the EFB and with direct data links back to base.

Santa connects to the ViaSat satellite network so that he can catch up on his favourite non-linear TV shows and movies on the long flight legs across the wilderness. He can also stay connected to his base in North Pole for any naughty/nice updates and even feed data from his sleigh back to the elves in Flight Ops so they know where he is and how the sleigh is performing. The Flight Ops elves can also send weather updates in real-time. Santa’s connected! It’s kind of magical!

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Santa’s EFB

Sleigh – Manuals/Minimum Equipment List

What would Santa do if Rudolph’s red nose stopped working? Luckily, the Sleigh’s full suite of operating manuals (OEM and elf-produced), including MEL tells him exactly how to react.

Santa’s MEL outlines all the necessary equipment he need for a successful Christmas Eve, including:

  • Reindeer X 8 (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen).
  • Rudolph X 1 – essential for his integrated anti-collision light system.
  • Back-up anti-collision light systems.
  • Back-up back-up anti-collision lights.
  • Bells, to make those cute jingly bell sounds.
  • Magic power source.

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Santa’s EFB

Sleigh – Charts

We tried to do the math about how fast Santa needs to travel, including all those tricky take-offs and landings, so he can make every delivery across racing time zones. But our heads started to hurt.

With handy charts on his EFB, Santa knows that he’ll have the best chance possible of maximising his efficiency on Christmas Eve. Santa’s charts include:

  • North Pole take-off runway, with reindeer zones and Aurora zone well-marked. This is especially useful on the return leg, as Santa will be fairly exhausted by sunrise on Christmas Day.
  • Toilet rest stop locations, because all those little drinks and snacks soon add up.
  • Fresh carrot patches in the southern hemisphere so the reindeer can stay at maximum performance.

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Santa’s EFF

Sleigh – Weather/Flight Plans

It’s critical that Santa has his finger on the pulse with a clear view of weather activity all around the globe. He’ll be taking off from an area where temperatures can get down to -9C/15F, with snowstorms a daily occurrence. Last Christmas (Hi George!), AeroDocs EFB weather was updated dynamically whenever Santa he got within range of wifi. This year, with full satellite connectivity to his sleigh, weather updates can be constantly updated, wherever on the planet he may be.

Along with weather, Santa’s Electronic Flight Folder – EFF – includes Flight Plans so that Santa has his routes optimised.

Santa needs to access multiple weather resources, including:

  •  Jet stream location. Avoid this when travelling west.
  • Blizzards, so he doesn’t miss a single chimney.
  • Black ice, because slippery landings may cause toy loss.

We’ve been revamping our EFB, in response to Santa’s data demands and customer needs, and are delighted to bring it to market for 2017. You can check out our AeroDocs EFB page, request a demo or download our Aer Lingus case study here: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

Discover our full app suite here: https://www.arconics.com/arconics-apps-product-suite/

Let us know if we can help you to deliver a genuinely paperless cockpit, data EFB, wireless IFE, cabin management and full satcom connectivity across your fleet in 2017. Arconics connectivity solutions mean that there’s no need for elves or Santa’s magic to help everyone in your airline perform more efficiently and to keep your passengers coming back again and again!

The Arconics crew would like to wish you, your family and your colleagues a Happy Holiday season and best wishes for a great new year. We look forward to staying in touch in 2017.

 


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Experience Arconics Aircraft Software at 10th Annual Flight Ops Conference, LHR, 29-30 Nov 2016

The Aircraft Commerce 10th Annual Flight Operations Conference is the world’s leading Flight Operations event and focuses wholly on the key, strategic issues that affect commercial aircraft operations.

This year, amongst other key items, the event is focusing on the following key issues:

  • Live Flight Tracking
  • EFB Case Studies
  • The Digital / Paperless Flight Deck
  • Latest Aircraft & Engine Types Performance Analysis (A350 / 787 / A320 neo)
  • High Bandwidth Flightdeck Connectivity
  • Live EFB Weather Data
  • Aircraft eEnablement
  • The Latest ATC Developments
  • Biofuel and Fuel Efficiency Case Studies
  • The Latest Flight Deck Technology Innovations

The Flight Operations Conference provides airlines and aircraft operators with an outstanding one-stop solution to streamline, increase efficiency and ultimately save costs within their aircraft operating procedures.  The conference provides 3 great opportunities:

  • Agenda of Presentations: A 2 day agenda of presentations, given by industry experts and airline / aircraft operator executives.  Case studies, Regulator updates and the latest innovations are included to ensure that delegates receive key, varied and fresh information. The key topics for this year’s conference are listed above; speakers include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Alaska Airlines, SWISS, Qatar Airways, plus lots more…
  • Large Exhibition Area – latest Flight Operations Innovations: A large exhibition area allows airlines and aircraft operators the opportunity to try out and demo the latest innovations in Flight Deck technology including major software and hardware systems from the world’s leading vendors. The solutions you will be able to demo include:  Digital / Paperless Solutions for the Flight Deck, EFB, ETL, Flight Planning Systems, Fuel Management / Efficiency, Aircraft Connectivity, Crew and Scheduling Solutions, Load Management, Live Flight Tracking, etc. You can meet Arconics at stand E25 for a demo of our aircraft software solutions.
  • Network with your peers: 300+ key executives from airlines, operators, OEMs, IT vendors, regulators and consultants from across the world will be in attendance, allowing for exceptional networking and the exchange of ideas.

Airline delegates can book their places directly from Aircraft Commerce: 

http://ultrasafe2.net/~aircraftx2/FlightOps2016/

Arconics will demo our software solutions in safety and compliance document management, electronic flight bag and the connected aircraft software platform. Click here to arrange a meeting.


Learn more:

Arconics Aircraft Software Platform: https://www.arconics.com/aircraft-software-platform-arconics/

AeroDocs, the Safety and Compliance Document Management System for Aviation: https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

AeroEFB, the modular electronic flight bag solution: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

CloudStore Wireless IFE product info: https://www.arconics.com/wireless-ife-cloudstore/

PaxApp Cabin Management app info: https://www.arconics.com/airline-cabin-management-paxapp/

Arconics Press Centre: https://www.arconics.com/media-kit/

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All the latest aviation, EFB, airline document management and wireless IFE news delivered straight to your inbox every month. We love all things aviation and it shows. If there’s anything that you’d like us to cover in future editions of Connected Aircraft, please get in touch.

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EFB Users Forum, Hawaii, 1 – 3 Nov, 2016 – Meet Arconics

EFB Subcommittee Meeting

The Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Subcommittee and Users Forum will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA from October 31 – November 3, 2016. Co-Chairs are Maurice Ingle, American Airlines and Sonja Schellenberg, Lufthansa Systems and the event is sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines.

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A321neo_Hawaiian.jpgThe EFB Subcommittee will meet on October 31 and November 1, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The purpose of the meeting is to continue development of Supplement 7 to ARINC Specification 834: Aircraft Data Interface Function (ADIF) as described in APIM 11-012C.

Specifically, expanded print capabilities are under consideration to be added. Printer management and other improvements will also be reviewed.

Related Activities

Several other EFB events are being planned for this week in Honolulu:

  • EFB Expo November 1: 1400-1900 (Hilton Hawaiian Village)
  • EFB Users Forum November 2: 0900-1700 (Hilton Hawaiian Village)
  • EFB Users Forum November 3: 0900-1700 (Hilton Hawaiian Village)

Users Forum Topics

The Honolulu session topics will be:

  • Regulatory,
  • Security and Connectivity,
  • Mitigation Strategies,
  • Operator Experiences (everyone’s favourite!).

Building on progress from Munich, the forum will address all of the hottest issues including: satcom, own-ship position enroute, cockpit wifi, and more. In addition, FAA representatives will review pending regulatory changes and the latest developments in nextgen efb.

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Arconics will again attend the EFB Users Forum as we find it to be one of the most interesting and useful events on the aviation calendar. We will be demonstrating AeroEFB, our modular electronic flight bag software and also AeroDocs, the safety and compliance document management system for aviation, at the expo and during the supplemental expo on forum day one. We will also attend all forum discussions so that the needs of the world’s airlines feed into our ongoing product development process. It would be great to meet you, to learn about your EFB and document projects and to hear your ideas about how this exciting software sector continues to grow.


Learn more

Read the Arconics report from the EFB Users Forum, Munich, May 2016: http://blog.arconics.com/blog2/full-report-efb-users-forum-munich-2016

AeroEFB, the Arconics modular electronic flight bag solution: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

AeroDocs, the safety and compliance document management system for aviation: https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

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MRO and Flight Ops IT Conference, BKK – Meet Arconics

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Arconics will be in BKK, at stand E8 – let’s meet!

The Airline and Aerospace MRO and Operations IT Conference, in Bangkok on October 26 and 27, 2016, is the world’s only event to address the topical issues relating to the development of IT and its importance in safe and efficient flight operations.

This event provides the ideal opportunity for airlines, aircraft operators and independent MROs to learn, over just two days, more about how new technology can streamline and increase their operating efficiency as well as dramatically reduce costs.

Arconics will be showcasing, and providing live demos of, two of our key software solutions, AeroDocs and AeroEFB. Drop by stand E8 and learn why airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Aer Lingus and Philippine Airlines are using our software to ensure safety and compliance and maximum operational efficiency.

AeroDocs – our world-leading, aviation grade, airline document distribution, tracking and viewing software

AeroDocs is available in three solutions, each designed to meet different needs. The upgrade path is easy and the software is scalable to any fleet size.

AeroDocs CONTROL – The fast track to the paperless cockpit

Incorporates the document distribution and viewing modules and is designed to appeal to airlines that want to adopt the paperless cockpit and also airlines that are currently using non-aviation-grade solutions, often from more than one supplier. AeroDocs ensures complete control over an airline’s processes and documentation. Boasts the world’s best pilot EFB viewer.

A350_XWB_Cathay_Pacific_TAKE_OFF_c87819faa2.jpgAeroDocs COMPLIANCE – Adds nextgen XML functionality for pilots and compliance

Adds XML editing module to distribution and viewing functionality. Enables easy XML editing of Airbus and Boeing manuals, as well as general ops manuals in one seamless, end-to-end system. Advanced regulation tagging helps ensure regulatory compliance.

AeroDocs ENTERPRISE – Delivers efficiencies from the cockpit to the boardroom

Full product functionality suite, fully customised to handle an airline’s ops and corporate document needs. The ultimate document safety and compliance solution for aviation. Installed on airline’s own servers, enterprise license.

AeroEFB – our modular electronic flight bag solution with best-in-class viewer app

AeroEFB is a Portable, Type A/B software electronic flight bag designed to create Electronic Flight Folders, and also distribute and view Airbus and Boeing XML aircraft manuals, plus internal manuals produced by the airline. This aviation-specific software enables viewing of flight documents and dynamic content on iPad and Windows portable devices, in any operating environment, with advanced day/night mode functionality. Safety and regulatory compliance are made easy with workflows, tracking and content linking. Data security is paramount. Manuals can be updated in PDF or XML format. Our app enables pilots to quickly find the information they require – crucial when quick decisions need to be made on the flight deck. Arconics software is built around the needs of the professional pilot and consists of a suite of tightly-integrated modules: Manuals, Flight Briefing, Forms, Weather, Read+Sign, Viewer and Distributor.
We look forward to seeing you in Bangkok. You can tell us what day works best for a meeting or demo, by completing this form: http://info.arconics.com/contact-arconics-0

If you’d like to learn more about our software right away, we’d love to hear from you! You can email us at hello@arconics.com or fill out this form and tell us about your project: http://info.arconics.com/contact-arconics

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Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 XWB, document delivery and control by AeroDocs – Airbus

Read our Cathay Pacific Customer focus here.

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EFB Operator Experiences – Users Forum – Munich 2016

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Co-chaired by Capt Dr Philipp Haller, A320, Austrian Airlines, and Will Ware, Southwest Airlines, the EFB Operator Experiences forum session was billed as the most interesting event at the forum. That’s why it was saved ‘til last – and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

It seems that we’ve reached a stage in the deployment of EFBs where it’s time to pause, take a breath and work to make the most of all the software, hardware and data that we’ve got. We must now ensure that we fully enable the connectivity and data flow between all the people that make the magic of civil aviation happen. We had an opportunity to listen to detailed reports from Austrian Airlines, Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa and Southwest on real-world experiences around EFB deployment, XML manuals, airport moving maps and connectivity.

Will Ware made the point that pilots complain of too many apps and that it must be made easier to switch between apps in the EFB environment. He stressed the importance of connecting the full team around the aircraft and asked the room for a show of hands. How many have connected the aircraft with AID? A small few. How many are using fixed EFB? A tiny few. How many of those using fixed are planning to go portable? All those currently using fixed. Patterns emerged.

 

EFB Next Generation – Portable, connected EFBs on Austrian Airlines aircraft

Capt Dr Philipp Haller, A320, Austrian Airlines, Operational IT

Captain Haller told about how, in the old days, pilots spread out paper in the cockpit where they thought it would work best. But Austrian Airlines has deployed a new electronic flight bag solution: One EFB for each pilot, with mount, power and AID (Aircraft Interface Device). Austrian are using Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices.

Airbus_A320-214_Austrian_Airlines_AN2026105.jpgEFB allowed them to replace 15-20kg of paper weight per aircraft. EFB increases safety and efficiency of all flights. Plan to connect cabin to EFB network with tablets. Currently use a mixture of HTML, XML and PDF. Need to go all XML. PDF is not the preferred document form in the long term. Techlog is one of the most complex projects in the EFB world.

Challenges include keeping to the timeline – everything takes longer when dealing with external suppliers. STCs for server, longer aircraft downtime, internal manpower, budgetary constraints. Consider using final STCs as opposed to being launch customer, to speed up the process. Cooperation between different providers is vital and, amazingly, aircraft layout dimensions can be different within same type so don’t assume anything. Ever.

Type 1 was a good introduction to EFB but the future is fixed and connected to aircraft data. Pilots connect tablets to ethernet at base to speed up doc updates. Surface doesn’t have 3G, AID does. 10-15% spare devices held, for 970 pilots and there were problems with battery power. It took 2 years to fit 70 aircraft, 5 types. Can communicate with EFB via ACARS. Office is installed for pilots, no personal apps allowed.

In an exclusive comment to Arconics, Capt. Haller was asked whether more use needs to be made of aircraft data on the EFB or in connecting the EFB to the ground, and stated:

“I think both connectivity issues are essential. Using aircraft data in an EFB offers new possibilities for applications like electronic triplog, enroute moving map, performance software with FMS-crosscheck etc., which enhance the situational awareness and contribute to safer and more efficient flights. Connecting the EFB to groundsystems in-flight and on-ground is also essential to have real-time data available on the EFB.”

On the potential for confusing pilots with too many apps, Capt. Haller said:

“I do not see a problem having different applications on an EFB as long as they are easily accessible via a clearly structured Portal or Application Manager.”

And on the benefits of XML over PDF:

“The transition to XML is, of course, a challenge and requires editors and users to change some of their old habits but overall I see more advantages in moving to XML than remaining on ‘poor’ PDF or similar type of documentation.”

 

Delta Air Lines – Building a business case for EFB-to-ground and flightdeck-to-cabin connectivity to report maintenance irregularities

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Chris Groover, Manager – PM office, Delta Air Lines Mobility Working Group

Delta Air Lines has moved from Surface 2 to 3. There’s a Catch 22: Apps need connectivity to be justified, but they can’t justify connectivity without apps. Connectivity is key.

Currently testing eCabin logbook app for maintenance reporting. Connectivity everywhere, on ground and in flight. Pilots used iPads, BYOD. Replaced with Surface 2. Refresh programme now: Surface 3 W10. Delta has 12,000 pilots, breaking 10-15 tablets per week. Use Gogo SSID ife wireless system to create secure crew channel, pushing weather updates. On ground, use wifi connectivity. In-flight Gogo for Flight Weather Viewer (turbulence).

Delta_A330.jpgWhat next: pilot and cabin crew connectivity. Business case required to justify investment, operational or safety enhancement. Strategy: cross-divisional team to identify apps and EFB functionality that can justify cost of all crew member connectivity. Delta needs to start somewhere: Pick an app with great potential for operational efficiency. Techlog too broad, focus now on eCabin app. eCabin logbook POC aims to prove the benefits of peer-to-peer connected devices. eCabin app is just one app out of many that can support the case for crewmembers using seamless EFB connectivity everywhere. Connectivity study: Building heatmaps of airport wifi/3g/4G/LTE deficiencies. Then fill in the holes. Infrastructure is a challenge.

Why change cabin maintenance reporting? Master copy is paper logbook. Reported via ACARS or radio by pilot. Maintenance control enters in SCEPTRE. Flight attendant creates paper write-up and slides under cockpit door. Then reporting via ACARS or radio. Maintenance Control enters in SCEPTRE. Aircraft paper logbook in cockpit remains master record. Why challenging? Slow. Inaccurate. Often happens during descent while pilots are busy. Benefits of eCabin logbook: Fast. Accurate. Enhanced reliability and revenue potential.

What next? Full aircraft e-logbook, leveraging EFB instead of ACARS. Crew member comms tools. Pilots>FAs, pilots>maintenance, pilots>dispatcher. Company to crew and back. Everyday comm tools that allow each employee associated with a flight to receive the right data at the right time.

Hard to justify connectivity without apps that show a financial or operational ROI. Starting with one or two connected apps enough to justify and build on. Success with current projects will lead to expanded funding for seamless worldwide connectivity for all employees and investment in servers or AIDs (Aircraft Interface Device) on every aircraft.

 

EFB Deployment at Aer Lingus

Richard Niland, Aer Lingus, Senior Flight Ops Engineer, EFB Administrator

Aer Lingus use Arconics AeroDocs XML authoring and the Arconics CrewPortal is very successful. AeroDocs enables Aer Lingus to give pilots offline access to all manuals and notices, and Lido briefing pack, on crew mobility devices, plus company portal and email.

Avoided PDF and went straight to XML airline documents. Use Flightman software for journey log, fuel, delays. Integrations: aircraft/crew scheduling, mainframe systems, content management, performance. Flightman integrations: A/C library,  ALPS performance application.

Class 1 EFB achieved objectives of removal of paper manuals (except QRH) and optimising performance. Toughbooks never became popular with pilots. New solution: Surface Pro 3, Navaero installed, AID. Still using Flightman, Arconics library, ALPS, introduced LIDO eRoute.

EFB-users-forum-munich-2016-arconics-airline-software-aer-lingus-dublin-airportSurface Pro 3 – popular, responsive, fast to boot. Windows 8 is not launched in use. Volume switch has been modified and now controls brightness. Problems: Min brightness still too bright. Device loses time. Some device failures: touchscreen unresponsive, failed to boot. Still, overall very happy.

Navaero hardware – some issues with network drops during some power transitions. Aircraft data feeds, AID – Navaero API. Discretes – weight on wheels, oil pressure each engine. ARINC 429 ADIRU, CFDIU/CMC, FMCEG. ARINC 717. Navaero provide raw data – steep learning curve. Differences between aircraft types. Surface Pro 3 has no 3G, so Aer Lingus use a USB modem in tablet mounting.

EFB device control software: With tablets, it’s a more complicated system, networked devices, data sharing (Flightman/Lido). Difficulty diagnosing problems. Developed in-house device manager application, manages startup of apps. Lido eRoute very popular, en route moving map, own ship position desirable. Live weather desirable.

Regarding onboard connectivity, Panasonic eXconnect on A330 fleet, wifi, dedicated EFB SSID for live weather updates and critical data updates.

Future plans include expanded use of data feeds. Cross-check pilot inputs, weight, take-off speeds. Airport moving map. Live weather. Route optimisation.

In an exclusive comment to Arconics, Richard was asked about what the Aer Lingus focus is now, data or connectivity, and stated:

“In Aer Lingus, our focus now is to develop the EFB system to make greater use of the data and connectivity that will be available to our devices. We are in the final stages of fitting an AID to our entire fleet and will shortly have an en-route data connection for the EFBs on our A330 fleet. We would like to develop the system further to make greater use of these facilities, by implementing, for example, a real-time weather application and/or airport moving map. For us, it is important now to use all of the hardware and data that’s available to us to its greatest potential, so as to improve the EFB functionality and maximise operational efficiency.”

And that concluded a very successful EFB Users Forum. While many of us went straight to Munich’s quite splendid airport – complete with beer garden atrium! – many of the attendees made their way back to the legendary Hofbräuhaus in the centre of Munich. To talk EFBs, of course!

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Learn more

AeroEFB Modular Electronic Flight Bag Software by Arconics: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

AeroDocs Airline Document Control Software by Arconics: https://www.arconics.com/document-control-compliance-aerodocs-dms/


Photo credits

Munich skyline – Arconics Crew

Inside the EFB Users Forum – Arconics Crew

Austrian Airlines A320 in retro livery – By Alan Lebeda [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html) or GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Delta Air Lines A330 – By Gietje (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Aer Lingus A320s at Dublin Airport – Arconics Crew

Hofbräuhaus, Munich – Arconics Crew


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Meet Arconics at EFB Users Forum, Munich, 24-26 May 2016

Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum and Expo

Hosted by Lufthansa Systems

Hilton Munich Park

Co-Chairman: Captain Philipp Haller, Austrian Airlines; Co-Chairman: Captain Will Ware, Southwest Airlines

Cathay Pacific selected Arconics because they are able to deliver a tailored solution in a timely manner. Arconics was able to work with our enterprise architecture and security teams to create the perfect configuration for our needs. Our initial deployment used BYOD devices across Boeing and Airbus fleets. The pilot feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  We are now rolling out company-issued devices to crew across the airline and our subsidiaries. We have chosen AeroEFB as part of the solution for our A350 – our first paperless cockpit. Arconics software gives Flight Ops the reporting and compliance management that we need. Arconics were able to enhance the product based on our requirements. We have been delighted with Arconics and the software they have delivered to us.”

- Mark Hoey, General Manager Operations, Cathay Pacific

 

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Discover the power of AeroEFB at EFB Users Forum, Munich, 2016

Goal: The goal is to coordinate development of EFBs among airlines, airframe manufacturers, suppliers, and regulators. The forum will also identify operational and technical trends to find standardised solutions while improving EFB services. In combination with coordinated development, this will help achieve the ultimate goal of a wider range of products, harmonised regulations, expanded capabilities, and lower cost for the benefit of all.

Scope: The EFB Users Forum was chartered by its original APIM 09-009 in October, 2009. This activity provides a unified forum for airlines, system integrators, hardware and software providers, regulators, and other interested parties to present and discuss topics of interest to the EFB user community. This includes but is not limited to EFB subjects such as:

  • Regulatory changes.
  • Communication interfaces (including media, provider, connectivity).
  • Data input devices, terminals, displays, and interactive devices.
  • Hardware and software development.
  • Electrical interfaces and power supply.
  • Operational issues.

EFB-benefits-AeroEFB-Arconics.pngThe EFB Users Forum is not intended to create new standards. However, when such needs are recognised, they are referred to the EFB Subcommittee or ARINC Industry Activities staff for action.

Arconics will exhibit our AeroEFB electronic flight bag software at the EFB Users Forum and Expo, and it would be great to meet up and show you why our EFB viewer is considered best-in-class by airline pilots all over the world. The AeroEFB viewer was the world’s first native EFB viewer for iPad and its design has been led by the pilot user experience. We will be unveiling our native Windows Surface EFB viewer at the forum, so you can be among the very first to experience this exciting innovation.

Among the many benefits of Arconics AeroEFB

AeroEFB is a modular solution, which can integrate easily and efficiently with any other element of your IT structure. Our Electronic Flight Bag takes flexibility to new heights, offering a robust central control and viewing experience, with complete freedom in the choice of modules.

AeroEFB can be integrated with aircraft data systems and ground control using Arinc protocols, enabling dynamic updates and reporting. AeroEFB delivers FCBP (Flight Crew Briefing Packs) to crew devices. The system captures flight-related data from the crew during flight and returns the data to the ground systems in XML format. Our software provides the secure management and controlled distribution of briefing items such as OFPs (Operational Flight Plans), NOTAMs, Weather and Flight Logs.

AeroEFB electronic flight bag software delivers on the promise of digital and the benefits of the paperless cockpit, giving pilots the world’s most effective tools and the best possible flight experience. AeroEFB is the market-leading solution for delivery of FCOMs, ops manuals and documents into the paperless cockpits of nextgen aircraft such as the A350 and the B787.

Why not request a demo of Arconics AeroEFB?

We can organise a web demo for a time that’s convenient for you. Or, if you’d prefer to meet the the EFB Users Forum, let us know and we’ll save a slot for you – just click here.


Useful links

AeroEFB info: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

APIM 09-009B: EFB Users Forum (pdf, 38K)

EFB Users Forum Procedure Guide (pdf, 34K)

EFB Users Forum Presentation Guide (pdf, 175K)


 

 

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Arconics Airline EFB Software Congratulates Aer Lingus on 80th Anniversary

Arconics to attend EFB Users Forum in Munich to demo AeroEFB, as deployed by Aer Lingus, and to gain further insight into electronic flight bag market needs

PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release

19 May 2016

 

Hundreds of airline delegates will gather in Munich, Germany, from May 24-26 to discuss EFB issues. Arconics, the world’s leading airline software provider in EFB, document management and Wireless IFE, will demonstrate the AeroEFB modular electronic flight bag, which is used by Aer Lingus across its fleet of 46 Airbus aircraft, with 12 on order, including 9 A350-900s.

AeroEFB is a portable app, built as a native iOS app for iPads, so Arconics delegates will be particularly interested in the discussions around mobile applications and EFB operator experiences. The users forum is an excellent opportunity to learn more about real world experiences around the use of EFBs and the transition to the paperless cockpit.

Aer Lingus, now part of IAG, celebrates its 80th anniversary on May 27, 2016, and every Aer Lingus pilot uses the full range of AeroEFB modules. We are proud of our close association with Aer Lingus and look forward to working with the airline to continue delivering the best possible experience to flightcrew, while maintaining end-to-end control of the safety and compliance process.

Ends

Enjoy a short video about the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to LAX, with an all-female crew using AeroEFB:
http://www.irishtimes.com/cockpit-view-as-aer-lingus-return-to-los-angeles-1.2645260

Learn more about Arconics EFB software, AeroEFB: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

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For further information, please contact:

Gary J Byrnes, Digital Marketing Manager, Arconics

T: +353 1 611 4625

M: +353 87 249 3051

E: gary.j.byrnes@arconics.com

W: www.arconics.com

Arconics online press kit: https://www.arconics.com/media-kit/

 

Notes for editors

About the EFB Users Forum

The forum is designed to coordinate activity among airlines, cargo carriers, other aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers, regulators and EFB suppliers. General discussion topics include regulations, operational issues and experiences, connectivity and security, mobile apps and human factors.

Learn more: http://www.aviation-ia.com/aeec/projects/efb_users_forum/index.html

 

About Arconics

Arconics is a world leader in enterprise software and mobile applications for aircraft operators. The company’s products include the market-leading AeroDocs platform for document management and EFB, and CloudStore, a wireless IFE platform. Arconics customers include Qatar Airways, Tigerair Australia, Cathay Pacific Airways, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Philippine Airlines and others. Tens of thousands of pilots, ground managers and cabin crew across five continents depend on Arconics software to safely and efficiently operate their fleets. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with operations in Sydney, Australia.

Learn more at Arconics website: https://www.arconics.com