Posted on: 06 January 2016 by Mark Howells
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is upgrading its fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft with Astronautics Corporation of America’s Block Point 4 (BP4) Electronic Flight Bags (EFB).
Astronautics’ BP4 EFB is standard equipment on 787s and is a form-fit-function replacement for the existing Astronautics BP3 EFBs on Singapore Airlines' 777s. Deliveries of the Astronautics BP4 EFBs to the carrier began in early December and the company claims the solution can be installed overnight.“The newer EFB will enable the storage of more information including detailed charts, maps, documents and databases, allowing operators to enhance aircraft performance and improve operational efficiency,” noted Larry Levine, Astronautics Corporation of America’s vice president of business development, airlines and OEMs. “With the expanded performance of the Central Processing Unit, operators can continue to add new applications as they are developed. Additionally, the enhancements made to the BP4 EFB have provided a significant improvement to the mean time between failures (MTBF) making it one of the most reliable avionics systems fielded today, reducing total operating costs by over 50% for an airline.
“There are no changes to wiring or power requirements, no changes to the avionics rack or cooling requirements, and just minimal training required for pilots and maintenance personnel. This upgrade will give SIA a common configuration across its 777 fleet and is readily compatible with airline operating systems and infrastructure,” concluded Levine.