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View our on-demand webinar and EFB Viewer app demo

Aerodocs webinar, view on-demand

View this must-see webinar and demo of the incredible, new Aerodocs iPad Viewer app. Designed for great pilot user experience, see how iPad EFBs can deliver unsurpassed document viewing, bookmarking, grouping, annotating and searching experiences. 

The intelligent information lifecycle

We outline the four stages of the intelligent information lifecycle: 1. Plan. 2. Create. 3. Use. 4. Improve. We will demonstrate how the Aerodocs iPad Viewer app makes the ‘Use’ stage of the information cycle intuitive and effective for pilots and other frontline airline staff. Everyone can access a single source of truth, and contribute to continuous improvement. Aerodocs Web Viewer supplements the iPad Viewer app, with a secure, seamless experience across devices. Aerodocs is the enterprise-grade future of intelligent information in aviation, with integrated editing, distribution and viewing functionality in a single platform.

Enjoy the webinar and then we can follow-up with you on an individual basis.

Just click here to view the on-demand webinar

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EFB Users Forum, Madrid, Nov 2019 – Full report

At the EFB Users Forum, airline pilots welcome the Electronic Flight Bag benefits delivered by Viasat Aerodocs

Since the launch of Apple’s iPad in 2010, pilots around the world have been shifting from carrying heavy bags of paper manuals and charts to using tablet-based Electronic Flight Bags (EFB). EFBs deliver multiple benefits to pilots, including ease of handling, faster search and a growing selection of pilot-specific apps to solve problems from real-time weather forecasting to route optimization. Viasat is at the forefront of EFB development, leading with the Aerodocs document viewer app.

A regular gathering highlighting the latest EFB products and trends was held in Madrid in November 2019. At the EFB Users Forum, the Viasat Flight Ops team was there to demo Aerodocs, the future of intelligent information in aviation, and to learn more about how we can best optimize data to benefit flight crews and airline operations. The event is attended by airline pilots, flight ops and EFB managers.

Key topics at the Madrid event included the transition to digital, the evolution of digital PDF to XML (eXtensible Markup Language – the next generation of smart, structured documents), and the environmental benefits of EFB in eliminating paper, reducing aircraft weight, and the use of real-time data insights to reduce fuel burn and cut CO2 emissions.

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Kevin Adamson, Viasat Commercial Aviation, at the EFB Users Forum, Madrid, 2019.

Digital transformation as enabled by EFB

The Electronic Flight Bag replaces up to 40kg (88 lbs) of paper manuals with a personal electronic device, such as an Apple iPad. Many airlines have yet to go paperless, or are still at the early stage of transition to digital. Among the key benefits of switching from paper to digital EFB, as reported by airlines at the event, are:

  • Weight savings
  • Elimination of paper logistics
  • Improvements in performance by cutting engine wear and fuel consumption
  • Increased safety, with fewer errors or missing documents
  • Real-time weather updates and flight optimization

The EFB Users Forum made clear that it’s only a matter of time before every air operation embraces the EFB, with the multiple benefits that it can deliver.

A new app from Viasat

Viasat unveiled its new native iOS Viewer app for pilot iPad EFBs at the event. Senior pilots from many major airlines took the app for a test flight and were able to intuitively find, arrange and search manuals.

The feedback we received focused on three key benefits that the app delivers:

  • Faster, more responsive search on the flight deck
  • Bookmarks and annotations persist – stored on the server, not the device
  • Pilots can arrange documents in custom groups so that fast access to the right information at the right time becomes second nature.
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A look at the Visasat Aerodocs Electronic Flight Bag as seen on an iPad.

Evolving from ‘dumb’ PDF to smart XML digital documents

PDFs served pilots well as the first step in the digitization of airline and OEM (aircraft manufacturer) manuals.

But the limitations of PDFs become apparent when the enhanced functionalities of XML documents are considered:

  • Vastly improved search, through use of metadata
  • Persistent annotations and bookmarks
  • Cross-linking between documents
  • Multiple documents open at the same time
  • Gather documents into workspaces for faster access and search

Connected flight deck data and CO2 reduction

With commercial aviation facing imminent, mandatory emissions-reduction targets, fuel savings are key. Reducing fuel burn not only helps to ensure a healthy bottom line, but it also reduces CO2 emissions. By connecting the EFB to the aircraft via an AID – Aircraft Interface Device – and then enabling connectivity with an IFC network (such as Viasat’s), the connected aircraft becomes a reality.

Benefits of connected EFB:

  • Flight Ops updates
  • Documentation updates
  • Weather updates
  • 4D route optimization. This benefit can have a measurable impact on fuel burn and CO2 emissions.

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    Presenting on the benefits of Electronic Flight Bag at EFB Users Forum, Madrid, 2019. (L to R) Peter Grau, ARINC; Captain Will Ware, Southwest Airlines; Henri Lonn, EFB Manager, Finnair.

Presentations by Qantas, Southwest, Finnair

Dave Summergreene, B787 First Officer at Qantas, gave an engaging presentation on the airline’s dashboarding of data – FlightPulse by GE. This gives pilots access to useful data so that they can optimize flights and reduce fuel burn. Pilots want to see data, so this app surfaces data, but in a way that enables actionable insights.

According to GE:

  • $11 billion is overspent on fuel each year, equating to 5% of total industry cost.
  • Airlines need to engage pilots so as to retain them, with 554,000 new pilots needed by 2037.
  • There are 45 FDM (flight data monitoring) events for every 1,000 flights, e.g. hard landing.

Data security and trust are very important, so Qantas made it clear to pilots that their data would never be used against them. Pilots can now see their individual performance and also how that compares to the collective performance. 35% of Qantas pilots are now using the app; 5.71 million kg of emissions has been avoided. Pilots are now analyzing data and closing the loop. As Summergreene put it: “What good is data on servers if you can’t give it to the people who’d make use of it?”

Qantas wants to set pilots up for success. FlightPulse was designed by pilots, for pilots, and its use of data falls under “Just Culture” (defined as a culture in which front-line operators and others are not punished for actions, omissions or decisions taken by them that are commensurate with their experience and training).

Southwest did a joint presentation with Lextech on a Flight Attendant EFB backup. In the US, each flight attendant is required to carry their own set of manuals. The airline uses the iPad Mini and had a problem whenever a flight attendant forgot to bring their company-issued device to work (they would have to print out 750 pages to carry onboard).

The new system allows the attendant to download the required manuals onto their personal device, with one-time use and built-in expiry, ensuring that outdated content cannot be referenced at a later date. Delta commented that their EFB devices carry a mini set of documents for all aircraft types so they can be loaned.

Henri Lonn, EFB Manager at Finnair, presented on the business case for EFB:

  • Weight savings
  • Paper logistics eliminated
  • Performance: engine wear/fuel
  • Safety: fewer errors, missing documents
  • Real-time weather updates, flight optimization

Lonn also disclosed a useful rule of thumb for weight savings: Fuel burn saving is 3% of saved weight per flight hour.

The Viasat advantage in EFB and Connected Flight Deck

Viasat Aerodocs not only manages the controlled distribution and viewing of PDFs to pilot EFB devices, but it also delivers advanced XML editing functionality to flight operations. XML document creation and editing used to be a complex process with a steep learning curve for manual owners. Viasat’s focus on the user experience, and our design thinking philosophy, means that the Aerodocs XML editor is intuitive, easy-to-use and less prone to operator errors.

Rethink flight ops

In conjunction with the Viasat Connected Flight Deck, pilots can now receive manual updates in real-time, and send feedback to manual owners in-flight, with the confidence delivered by Viasat’s network security. Our partnerships with aircraft interface device manufacturers enable multiple benefits for airlines, including real-time weather updates and live aircraft data streaming to the ground. Our holistic approach ensures that airlines can achieve maximum benefits in pilot experience, and also flight optimization with fuel savings and reductions in CO2 emissions, with our range of apps which are optimized for our satellite network.

Learn more about Viasat Aerodocs

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Meet Viasat at EFB Users Forum, Madrid

Experience the future of intelligent information in aviation, with a live demo of Viasat Aerodocs

Who: Flight Ops Directors, Pilot Dispatchers, EFB Managers, Pilots, TechPubs and anyone in flight operations will benefit from learning more about Aerodocs and our product vision.

What: Powerful, cloud-delivered collaborative editing of airline and OEM manuals, with controlled distribution and compliance reporting. Native iOS EFB Viewer for a great pilot experience. Plus, the Viasat Connected Flight Deck, where IFC delivers measurable benefits to Flight Operations.

Why: We’re building the future of intelligent information in aviation, with benefits across the operation. Join us.

Where: Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel.

When: 5 – 7 November, 2019.

Let’s meet in Madrid.

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Explore the future of intelligent information in Bangkok

Rethink Flight Ops

Meet the Viasat Flight Ops team in Bangkok, October 30-31, 2019, at the Aircraft IT Flight Ops APAC event. We’d love to demonstrate how Aerodocs can deliver multiple benefits to your air operation, with a close look at our new, native iOS document viewer for iPad EFB. A superb user experience for pilots is key, seamlessly integrated with collaborative XML editing and controlled document distribution.

Who: Flight Ops Directors, EFB Managers, TechPubs, Chief Pilots and anyone in flight operations will benefit from experiencing Viasat Aerodocs.

What: Aerodocs is the future of intelligent information in aviation, ensuring that pilots have access to the right information, in the right place, at the right time.

Why: With the rate of data creation in aviation increasing exponentially, you need a product with a clear vision. You need a future where intelligent information works for you. You need to Rethink Flight Ops with Viasat Aerodocs.

Where: InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand (Full event details: https://www.aircraft-commerce.com/conferences/bangkok-2019/).

When: 30th – 31st October 2019.

Let’s meet in Bangkok!

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Meet Viasat at EFB Users Forum, Chicago

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Who

The Viasat Commercial Aviation team will attend the event. We will also have a booth at the Expo.

What

The EFB Users Forum is the aviation industry’s forum for delivering excellence in EFBs and aircraft data.

Why

Rethink Flight Ops. Meet Viasat to learn about our new connected flight deck products, our bandwidth advantage, and our vision for the connected aircraft. We will also demonstrate our Aerodocs digital transformation platform, with benefits for Flight Ops, EFB managers and pilots.

Where

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL 60148, USA.

When

Tuesday 25 – Thursday 27 June 2019.

If you’d like to arrange a meeting in Chicago, just click here and tell us when works best.

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Uplift the journey with Viasat Global IFEC

We’re elevating the in-air experience with technology that helps our airline partners improve passenger loyalty, operations, and efficiency. That’s because only Viasat’s network has the unrivalled capacity to support a high-engagement model where everyone on the plane can access the internet just as they do on the ground — so you keep people connected to what matters most to them, without interruption.

Passengers can stream their favorite music and movies, shop online, video conference with the office, and stay in touch with family, friends, and colleagues — even at 35,000 feet. Flight operations and crew can access the real-time data and analytics they need to stay informed, efficient, and productive. And airlines can leverage monetization opportunities across the entire customer journey.

It all comes down to delivering value, to everyone involved in the air travel experience.

Explore our full suite of collateral on LinkedIn, including videos, brochures, podcasts and data sheets.

Let’s meet at APEX, LA, September 2019, where you can explore Viasat Global IFEC.

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Meet Viasat at MRO and Flight Ops IT Conference, LHR, 2018

Let’s meet in London

Join us for some plane spotting during coffee breaks, at the MRO and Flight Ops IT Conference, beside Heathrow Airport, on 27 – 28 November, 2018.

We’d love the opportunity to meet you in London, so just click here and let us know when you’d like to connect up…

Who: Meet the Viasat Flight Ops team.

What: AeroDocs, aviation’s document management system and our modular EFB system.

Why: The Viasat Flight Path to the Connected Aircraft enables airlines to deploy our flight ops systems quickly, then add wireless IFE and in-flight internet later, using the same cabin network.

Where: Park Inn by Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre, London Heathrow Airport, UK.

When: 27 – 28 November 2018. Just click here to book your slot with our team.

Take Control with AeroDocs

AeroDocs is so easy to use, it lets any airline take control of the XML editing of operational manuals, with multiple benefits, including:

  • Compliance module – link to regulations for fast reference and get update notifications.
  • Content re-use – save time and stress by confidently re-using existing content.
  • Process control – custom workflows to suit your operations.
  • Document lifecycle – full visibility and control of your documents.
  • Collaboration – many hands make light work and we make collaboration easy.
  • Auditing – generate custom reports for auditors, save time and stress.
  • Continuous updating – update your manuals in minutes for a more responsive operation.
  • High quality, reliable and secure – used by leading airlines.

We would appreciate the opportunity to present AeroDocs to you and your team, to tell you more about the measurable benefits that are delivered by taking control. We can also show how AeroDocs can help ensure IOSA compliance. We can supply the system directly, or participate in your next RFP.

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Meet Viasat at Flight Ops IT BKK 2018

Meet Viasat at Flight Ops IT BKK 2018

Our crack Flight Ops team will be at the Airline & Aerospace MRO & Flight Operations IT Conference – APAC 2018, 24 – 25 October 2018, so let’s meet! Just click here and let us know when works best for you…

SpiceJet presentation at Flight Ops IT BKK 2018

Our valued partner, and AeroDocs user, SpiceJet, will present on the topic ‘Digital Transformation: Implementing a Digitization Strategy to Support Growth‘, so be sure to catch this engaging and informative talk, kicking off day two, Thursday 25 October.

In this presentation SpiceJet will outline how its digital transformation initiative, underpinned by a comprehensive document digitization strategy, has supported the airline’s ambitious growth strategy. SpiceJet has increased its fleet size by 70% in the past 2 years. The presentation will outline how SpiceJet streamlined its document distribution process from the ground to the cockpit supporting the airline as it meets its regulatory and audit commitments but also building an infrastructure to support its current and future growth aspirations.

Who – Airlines, aircraft operators, OEMs, regulators, EFB managers, techpubs, flight operations, compliance managers

What – Your opportunity for a live demo of Viasat AeroDocs, and the benefits it delivers. We’ll also be signing up air operators for full trials of this enterprise-grade system

Why – Viasat AeroDocs is aviation’s safety and compliance document management system

Where – Booth E8 in the exhibition zone. Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok

When – October 24 – 25, 2018


Learn more

ViaSat-Document-Management-product-pic-090317-5With so many airlines looking for case studies, specs and more info on Viasat AeroDocs, and how it solves so many manual editing, distribution and EFB viewing problems, we put everything together in one place on LinkedIn. Check it out – http://bit.ly/2H2Y2IA – then get in touch for a demo and FREE trial.

Explore Viasat EFB – https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

Explore AeroDocs document management system for EFB – https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

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EFB Users Forum, Singapore, Nov 14 – 16, 2017

The EFB Users Forum is one of our favourite events, a superb opportunity to get into the technical details of EFBs, hear about pilot experiences and work towards a unified approach to making pilots’ lives better.

This EFB Users Forum is being jointly held, in coordination with the IATA EFB Task Force. The joint meeting will be co-chaired by Philipp Haller, Austrian Airlines, and Will Ware, Southwest Airlines. This event is a coordinating activity among airlines, cargo carriers, and other aircraft operators intended to facilitate EFB development. Aircraft manufacturers, regulators, EFB suppliers, and others are encouraged to participate in the forum to advance EFB capabilities.

Who – Airlines, aircraft operators, OEMs, regulators, EFB suppliers

What – Joint AEEC EFB Users Forum in coordination with the IATA EFB Task Force

Why – Explore ViaSat’s modular EFB system and integration with AeroDocs, aviation’s safety and compliance document management system

Where – Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593

When – November 14 – 16, 2017

Let’s meet at EFB Users Forum…


Learn more

Event info – http://www.aviation-ia.com/events/EfbUfAnnounce.pdf

Explore ViaSat EFB – https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

Explore AeroDocs document management system for EFB – https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

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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/