Jeppesen Developing Surface Tablet Version of FliteDeck Pro

 - October 15, 2013, 2:10 PM

Jeppesen has begun development of FliteDeck Pro (for commercial operators) for Microsoft’s Windows 8/Surface tablet. Delta Air Lines is the launch customer and plans to equip its 11,000 pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablet computers as electronic flight bags, with Boeing 757 and 767 pilots scheduled to receive their units later this year and the rest next year. The Surface 2 tablets will run Jeppesen’s FliteDeck Pro and will be used for document viewing and checklists, replacing 38 pounds of paper per airplane and saving Delta $13 million a year in fuel and associated costs.


I hope Jeppesen makes this available for General Aviation as well as Commercial. I will be one of the first to place my order for this product when they do. The reps at AOPA Summit 13, however, only talked about Mobile FlightDeck for iPad and "seemed" to know nothing of FlightDeck Pro for Surface 2 for GA. I have tried to use an iPad as an EFB with various chart apps, but as some iPad users know, there can be some frustrations when using the iPad in the cockpit. I've recently been using a Surface Pro in the cockpit and have found it to be great for reading electronic charts and approach plates and I'm looking forward to more aviation apps for Surface.

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