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Airbus Offering iPad EFBs

 - October 31, 2012, 9:45 AM

Airbus (Booth No. 2128) is offering iPad-based electronic flight bags (EFBs) for Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) aircraft. ACJ chief pilot Robin Pursey said the new EFB delivers more accurate V-speeds and better takeoff weight calculations. “The EFB is essential in today’s world,” Pursey said. “Paper charts are no longer of any value.”

Pursey said the iPad was the ideal platform for EFB data because of its compact size and superior graphics compared to a traditional laptop EFB. Data for the ACJ EFB can be loaded through the Airbus Flight Smart system.

The ACJ EFB makes calculations based on real-time parameters, minimum equipment lists, configuration deviation lists and Airbus algorithms that are guaranteed accurate. More precise calculations from the EFB can deliver significant operational cost and time savings, Pursey said. The EFB can also be used to provide load and trim sheet calculations and display complete aircraft systems diagrams and information from aircraft manuals. An Airbus spokesman declined to reveal the price of the EFB.