The iPad has not only had a major impact on enterprises and consumers, it is now also changing the way of working for pilots. Many ultralight & sport pilots already use iPad apps for flight preparation and navigation.
Recently the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved Jeppesen FliteDec Pro iPad app for use as Electronic Flight Bag (EFB).
The report states, “The EASA Operations Evaluation Board (OEB) sees no technical objections to the grant by National Authorities of an operational approval for the use of Terminal Charting (TC) Pro iOS and Flight Deck Pro iOS software applications taking the recommendations in this report into account.” This endorsement clears a path for EASA-based certificated operators to gain Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approvals for the operational use of Jeppesen’s iPad applications, and thus further accelerating the tablet EFB revolution.
Because the iPad applications can be used in all phases of flight, integration of tablet EFB allows wide-scale reduction of paper flight materials resulting in substantial fuel savings while providing crew-based mobile platforms as key building blocks towards the ultimate goal of the connected digital airline.
More information can be found on Jeppesen website, here.