Etihad Regional launches ATR’s iPad mount system with power interface

Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airline, has become a launch customer for ATR’s onboard tablet-based system for the airline’s electronic flight bag (EFB) initiative.

The ATR iPad mount system with the integrated power interface module will be deployed to provide an installed platform for holding the Apple iPad device, as well as supplying certified connectivity to aircraft power for device charging. The integrated system will allow Etihad Regional to realise maximum functionality of the iPad Air tablet as a deployed EFB platform. The Etihad Regional EFB programme will be implemented on all ATRs in the carrier’s fleet with installations planned to take place in second half of 2014.

“We are glad to be one of the first airline companies to introduce this new technology on board our ATRs, confirming our commitment to both update our fleet by implementing this onboard new EFB programme and to reduce our impact on the environment by diminishing the paper utilisation,” remarked Maurizio Merlo, chief executive officer of Etihad Regional.

“We are delighted that Etihad Regional has become a launch customer who has embraced EFB technology and look forward working with them in the implementation of their EFB initiative. ATR performs these modification services to ensure the aircraft will benefit from recent technologies and can comply with the evolving regulations,” explained ATR’s senior vice-president product support & services Lilian Braylé. “ATR can manage the complete project integration for this system upgrade. ATR provides the certified service bulletin and associated kit of parts, revised aircraft documentation and aircraft configuration follow-up.”

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