Air France will cooperate with Thales on new generation TopWings EFB

    22 Jun 2015


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Air France will cooperate with Thales on new generation TopWings EFB

The new generation Electronic Flight Bag application suite will be designed in cooperation with IT experts and pilots from Air France and numerous other airlines to gather their insights and understand their operational needs.

Already at the leading edge of disruptive innovation and EFB solution- deployment, Air France will be closely involved in the definition of the software suite. The airline intends to equip its entire fleet with this new EFB software solution. Other airlines of the Air France-KLM group have expressed their interest for this solution.

The result of this collaborative innovation approach will be an EFB solution designed to provide pilots with fully digitised access to all information required for the entire journey, from the moment they leave home to the moment they return. Operational efficiency improvements will also provide significant cost reduction for operators.

Digital assistant for pilots

The new software system will integrate a wide range of functions seamlessly such as e-Documentation, e-Briefing, e-Logbook or e-Weather, within one simple solution with an intuitive graphical user interface designed by Man-Machine-Interface specialists. Leveraging the system’s connectivity functionalities, pilots will have access to real-time information that enhances their situational awareness.

The new software will also allow advance mission planning to assist in all ancillary actions, including medical checks, passport renewals, all the way up to recurrent training alerts. The new generation TopWings is the first true “digital assistant” for pilots. Sébastien Veigneau, Air France pilot, project leader on Digital Transformation of Flight Operations, says: “We are convinced that this new generation EFB application suite will be a major step towards the digital transformation of our Flight Operations. It will aggregate all the information pilots need for their missions, to achieve a better situational awareness that improves flight safety and operational efficiency. At last, we will have a solution designed by pilots for pilots.”

New TopWings in a few words
This new software generation suite is a connected EFB solution with integrated software, hardware and services. It offers a customized EFB system designed to support airline operations and pilot needs thanks to real time data transfer from ground to aircraft. Designed for air transport, regional, business jets and helicopter fleets, it includes low cost to premium software functions. All applications are selectable individually or as part of a package, to increase flexibility and provide an adapted solution.