Singapore Air Show

SIA’s cockpit paper replaced by Collins EFB

 - December 1, 2006, 6:06 AM

Singapore Airlines is to replace its paper-intensive manual processes with Rockwell Collins eFlight electronic database and document management services.

“Singapore Airlines has always leveraged the latest technology to optimize efficiency and performance on the flight deck, as well as on the ground,” said Capt. Alan Chan, chief pilot of Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 747 fleet. “Rockwell Collins’ eFlight information management solution allows us to optimize the performance of both our technical and ground crew, ultimately benefiting our customers.”

The agreement covers implementation of Rockwell Collins Class 1 electronic flight bags (EFBs) on SIA’s Boeing 747s. The vendor will also work with Boeing to provide applications for Class 3 EFBs on the carrier’s Boeing 777 fleet and implement the eFlight ground system to support information delivery both to the fleet and to the airline’s back office systems.

Rockwell Collins (Stand A1011) describes eFlight as an end-to-end solution set that facilitates secure exchange, processing, storage and retrieval of information among airborne and ground equipment throughout the entire operational chain. It includes eOps (flight logs, checklists, crew reports and performance calculations, and fuel reconciliation, planning and hedging); eMaintenance (techlog, fault reporting and virtual quick access recorder); eNav (digital air navigation charts and weather delivery, plus data management); and eCabin for cabin management, passenger services and duty-free sales.

Flight deck solutions include personal digital assistants; Class 1, 2 and 3 EFBs; and an integrated communications backbone. On the ground, eFlight supports the automated downlink of diagnostics, engine and aircraft operational data. And in the cabin, passenger and crew connectivity can benefit from access to high-speed passenger information, Internet and e-mail connections.

Elsewhere in the region, Air China has signed an exclusive three-year firm fixed labor repair agreement with Collins Aviation Maintenance Services Shanghai (CAMSS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and China Eastern Airlines. Air China will channel work from all the airlines under its umbrella to CAMSS.

Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia last year agreed a 15-year deal under which Rockwell Collins Aviation Services will provide service and support for the Rockwell Collins avionics on the carrier’s Airbus A320 fleet.