Arinc’s eFlyBook Challenges Jepp

 - September 12, 2006, 1:10 PM

An electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computer that’s about as thin as a pencil and can run for days on a single charge? That is the aim of Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc, which introduced its eFlyBook EFB to rave reviews at EAA’s AirVenture in late July. Unlike laptop computer screens, the eFlyBook display stays sharp, clear and legible under all cockpit lighting, even direct sunlight, Arinc claims. Based on new “persistent display” technology, the screen requires very little power and no backlighting and “can run during long hours of flight over several days” without recharging.

The eFlyBook computer contains chart-viewing and compression software developed by MyAirplane.com, and the slim, portable “iLiad” eReader developed and manufactured by iRex Technologies of the Netherlands. The unit measures half an inch thick, six inches wide and nine inches long. The introductory $899 purchase price includes a 12-month digital subscription to FAA charts, digital copies of the complete U.S. terminal procedures, the U.S. airport facility directory, and the FAR/AIM manual. Annual chart subscriptions (28-day cycle) cost an extra $250.