The navAero EFB technology platform was developed to minimize line replaceable units (LRUs) quantity, drive down cost and simplify aircraft installations. We have leveraged our EFB experience by creating unitized assembly Based on our experience and our customer’s requirements, navAero has implemented and deployed EFB Class 2 retrofit solutions on a wide variety of transport category aircraft fleets.
The more recent programs we have implemented have been refocused from strictly stand-alone EFB systems to deploying an integrated environment that facilitates a “both-ends” connected aircraft concept…with aircraft connectivity on one end, and connectivity to surrounding infrastructure, such as cellular and computer networks, on the other.
Today, navAero offers a standard classic Class 2 EFB architecture. This state-of-the-art platform hosts all required interfaces to fully support the requirements of a modern airline’s operation and contains the functional capability for implementing the deployment of the Moving Map. Built-into each CPU is a four port Ethernet 100BaseT switch which enables cross connectivity between the two EFBs. This cross-connection is used to enable information sharing and distribution of downloaded updates.
The key benefits to be realized from the navAero EFB architecture are:
- DO-160 qualified EFB units
- Adherence to Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology to provide excellent computing performance
- Cost-effective system upgrades in the three fastest evolving technology areas (computer processor, memory and mass storage) via a modular and upgradeable design
- Industry-leading LCD displays provide high quality images even in the most challenging lighting conditions
- Portrait or landscape viewing options from an adaptable and versatile display mounting design
- Adoption of industry developed ARINC standard, where applicable, to provide maximum flexibility and value to the airline
- Fully-upgradeable EFB platform
The navAero EFB architecture has been awarded Supplemental Type Certification (STC) by the FAA and by EASA on numerous transport category airframes with validations from many independent regulatory agencies. The certifications include the ability of the system architecture to have the appropriate connection to aircraft system.
This navAero EFB platform can also be equipped with optional high-speed wireless communication interfaces such as UMTS/HSDPA/3G, CDMA or 802.11b/g WiFi. The variety of these options in the navAero EFB system gives the airline the ability to choose either a cellular network or a more airport-specific infrastructure for the distribution of updates or other data. The communication options are supported by tailored software that provides wireless access whenever the aircraft is on-ground. The background service is present whenever possible and it provides the possibility to implement custom software to provide additional crew features such as OPS related communication or weather data. The connection speed for a 3G/HSDPA in a normal airport environment varies from 0.5Mbit – 2Mbit/s. A 10Mb file is thus transferred within 40 seconds and a gate stop of 30 minutes will provide 450Mb of downloaded data. The connection can also be used for remote access for IT support, maintenance and system upgrades.
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