Regionals Join EFB Trial

 - November 3, 2008, 6:21 AM

Piedmont Airlines and SkyWest Airlines will each receive $600,000 from the FAA as part of a $5 million program to fund in-cockpit runway safety systems, in this case electronic flight bags (EFBs), in exchange for the operational data those systems would generate. Under the plan, each airline will install the technology by May 15 next year. Each agreement remains in effect through September 2011.

The agency says it has received proposals from 22 airlines that want to participate in the trial program. The FAA said it would rank the proposals based on the number of flights that the airline’s EFB-equipped aircraft would make at its top target airports.

The trial airports will include Los Angeles International; Boston Logan International; Chicago O’Hare; Newark; Cleveland; Fort Lauderdale; Houston Hobby; Anchorage; San Francisco; Las Vegas McCarran; Charlotte; Miami; Philadelphia; Albuquerque; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Phoenix; Dallas-Fort Worth; John F. Kennedy; Atlanta; La Guardia; and Seattle Sea-Tac.