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Air Canada To Launch Boeing Electronic Flight Bag

Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:49 pm

Hello all.

Very interesting article about Air Canada to Launch Boeing Electronic Flight Bag in North America. I hope this is not a repeat post if so please forgive me.
Very interesting article have you heard about this before? Here's the link to this site.. any comments are appreciate please..

Boeing and Air Canada have announced plans to install the Boeing Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) on the fleet of all-new Boeing 777s and 787s ordered by the airline. Air Canada will be the first airline in North America to operate a Class 3 EFB, which is fully integrated into a commercial airplane's avionics.

Air Canada announced the 777 and 787 orders in November 2005. The airline now says it will have EFB systems installed, certified and delivered on all 18 of the 777-300ERs, 777-200LRs and 777 Freighters it will receive. In addition, it will get EFBs on the 14 787 airplanes it announced. Boeing is making the EFB standard equipment on the 787. The airline is scheduled to receive its first EFB-equipped 777 in 2007 and its first 787 in 2010.

"We're pleased with the momentum in the market for our Class 3 EFB," said Dan da Silva, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. "Air Canada is a prime example of a first-class airline picking the Boeing EFB after conducting a rigorous review of available technology to determine what would best improve performance and enhance value."

EFB is a core technology of Boeing's vision of an e-Enabled air transport system, where data, information and knowledge can be shared instantly across an air-transport enterprise. Using software developed by Boeing and its subsidiary, Jeppesen, and hardware from Astronautics Corp. of America (ACA), the Boeing EFB digitally delivers vital charts and manuals that pilots need to fly an airplane, giving them immediate access to critical information. An instant performance calculator gives pilots the ideal speeds and engine setting for an aircraft, in any weather, on any runway, with any payload, and can create vast gains in efficiency, range and payload. Jeppesen's award-winning Airplane Moving Map - available only on Class 3 EFBs -- enhances runway situational awareness by integrating geo-referencing technology with Jeppesen airport taxi charts to show flight crews exactly where they are on the tarmac.

Installation of a multi-functional EFB is only part of what the Boeing team provides the airline, however. Jeppesen is focused on ensuring that any receiving airline has the infrastructure, training, systems and ability to develop additional content to take advantage of the EFB capabilities and reap the benefits of a paperless cockpit. These are among the items critical to a successful EFB implementation and together represent a major competitive advantage for Boeing in persuading customers to choose the Boeing team's Class 3 EFB.

With 80 Gigabytes of available memory in each pilot's EFB, the Boeing solution provides plenty of room for new applications as they become available, such as enhanced fault reporting and electronic logbook, en route moving maps, enhanced electronic checklists, real-time weather information, and real-time Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) information. In addition, the open-architecture design of the Class 3 EFB and its integration into the airplane's larger systems give it unmatched potential for Boeing, airlines and even third-party software designers to create even more exciting applications.

Boeing press release, SEATTLE, Feb. 08, 2006
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RE: Air Canada To Launch Boeing Electronic Flight Bag

Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:02 pm

Thank God! Smart move! I wish my airline would follow suit. I have a neck injury (and resultant surgery) as a direct result from lugging my bag in, and out of flight decks. If airlines realized how much money they'd be saving in injury leave, and medical expenses, I'm sure they'd follow suit. Unfortunately, all airlines see is the initial, and upgrade co$ts of the E-bag. I only wish that I had the numbers of total back, and neck injuries for flight deck crews- 90% of which can be linked to that square bowling ball that follows us across the nation.
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RE: Air Canada To Launch Boeing Electronic Flight Bag

Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:36 am

I wonder what airlines outside of N.A have this Electronic Flight Bag? Being AC is the only N.A carrier to offer this product to pilots. I see NZ, Aeromexico, Egyptair, Eva Air, Angola Airlines, EK, FedX, MAS, KLM, Pakistan Airlines. Well thats all I can find using netscape search. These are the airlines using Class 3 EFB. Did you know it costs about 200,000.00 US for each EFB to be installed on the a/c?.

I provided two different links you should check out. One about FedX were the first carrier to offer EFB. They have a story about what happen to their MD 11 at Dubai. I didn't want to copy and paste the story its a long story.

The other site gives you an idea what to replace and how this all began. Again a long report too. Enjoy reading all.  wave 
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RE: Air Canada To Launch Boeing Electronic Flight Bag

Mon Feb 13, 2006 6:07 am

$200,000 US for each EFB? That's just one piece of the puzzle. There are other costs associated with the publications utilized by flight crew.

There are subscription costs, which for even a small airline can run into the hundreds of thousands per year. There are personnel costs to keep everything updated. There are timing issues to ensure everything is updated as per the required schedules. There is also the weight of the on board library which might not amount to much, but it's still potentially lost revenue that you could carry otherwise.

The big picture can get very complicated, and I'm certain Air Canada is making the right move. I can't wait to see more about this!
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RE: Air Canada To Launch Boeing Electronic Flight Bag

Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:43 am

When I was on tour at the UAL training center last year in DEN, a 777 pilot told us UAL was supposed to fit their 777 and I think airbuses with the EFB.

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