Arinc and Jeppesen last month announced an alliance that will integrate “best of class” EFB components from each company’s portfolios to produce what officials are billing as “the industry’s most advanced electronic flight bag (EFB) system.”
Arinc’s eFlightDeck technology combined with Jeppesen’s EFB software, applications and data will give buyers a complete package from a single source, according to Ed Montgomery, vice president of Arinc Aviation Solutions. He explained Arinc will provide the system’s airborne data communications and document-viewer technology, along with EFB integration and hardware support. Jeppesen will provide its digital terminal charts and en route moving map and airport moving map technologies.
Arinc and Jeppesen are currently researching EFB customer needs and plan to announce full system details in the next few months, he added. Among the system’s key features will be an intuitive user interface, seamless support for electronic documents and integrated VHF Acars communications. The system, he added, is designed to be scalable and upgradable at a “practical” cost, while providing an open platform to host additional functions in the future.