Volaris turns to iPads as fleet-wide electronic flight bags

Mexican low-fare carrier Volaris is to use iPads as Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs), based on SITA mobile device management and cloud technology.

The airline has ordered more than 600 iPads as it digitises its operational and airline manuals, as well as navigation charts. All pilots will receive the device.Instead of traditional paper documentation being prepared for each flight, all the digital information is now stored on SITA’s ATI Cloud. Pilots can access it from any one of Volaris’ 61 destinations, with flight operations team updating the system easily.Eduardo Lasala, network operations director at Volaris, said, “Our key priorities are safety, increasing efficiency and reducing cost, combined with a commitment to reduce our fuel burn. Together with SITA we have streamlined the way we provide our pilots with the information they need. This gives us significant operational savings because we no longer need to deliver paper updates to each pilot and we are also benefiting by saving fuel across our ever-expanding fleet.
“We have worked very closely with SITA to create a customised program that meets all our requirements and those set by the aviation authorities.”The mobile devices are controlled by software that enables the airline to establish well-defined access rights for pilots, ensuring the tablets are only used as intended. The system also provides valuable information for tracking who has been assigned a device and monitoring usage.

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