Transaero Airlines is authorized to use iPad as Electronic Flight Bag Class 2

    02 Apr 2015


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Transaero Airlines is authorized to use iPad as Electronic Flight Bag Class 2

Transaero Airlines has made another important step forward in implementing iPad most advanced technologies Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) on board its aircraft.

We would remind that Transaero Airlines was the first among the Russian passenger carriers to be licensed by the Federal Air Transport Agency to use iPads as Electronic Flight Bags — EFB Class 1 in September 2013. The airline moved forward to implementing EFB Class 2 in June 2014.

In the end of March 2015, Transaero Airlines has got the first authorization of the Federal Air Transport Agency to use iPad as EFB Class 2 on its first Boeing 747-400 aircraft. EFB Class 2 allows to use iPad in all phases of flight in lieu of paper.

It has become possible to use iPad as EFB Class 2 on the first of the airline’s Boeing 747-400 aircraft thanks to the equipment provide by UTC Aerospace Systems. Aircraft Interface Device (AID) connects iPad with aircraft systems for access an array of key aircraft avionics data. The Tablet Interface Module (TIM) allows pilots to see on their iPad displays information on actual aircraft location on the interactive enroute map and airport charts. It is worth to note that Transaero Airlines has become the first Russian airline to install an iPad — with access to aircraft data.

Transaero Airlines has already carried out the first flight on Boeing 747-400 aircraft on the Moscow-Salzburg route using electronic documents.

With a view to implementing the EFB programme Transaero purchased 1,300 iPad Air to provide each of the airline’s pilots with the tablet in May 2014.

The airline’s pilots will be able to use the iPads not only for their professional tasks but also during their spare time for distance learning, getting access to the corporate email and the corporate intranet.

The access to information resources and information updates is provided via Wi-Fi at all the briefing rooms of Transaero’s base airports, via LTE and 3G-networks across Russia, as well as via Wi-Fi provided by the onboard systems and in hotels.

The EFB-technology implementation programme is developed and carried out by the Navigation Service of Flight Operations Department of Transaero Airlines. The airline partners with Boeing, Jeppesen, Apple, AirWatch, UTC Aerospace Systems and Megafon to implement the programme.