Posted on: 08 July 2014 by Mark Howells
In a move to increase operational efficiency and to create savings on paper and fuel consumption, airBaltic is introducing Apple iPads into the cockpit to operate as electronic flight bags (EFBs).
Martin Gauss, chief executive officer of airBaltic, commented, “airBaltic has introduced iPads to pilots, to replace their heavy flight bags, containing paper flight details, manuals, navigation and reference material. This will save about 2 million pages of paper every year, when the project is rolled out completely.”
Pilots carry between 10-15 kg of flight details, manuals and reference material in their flight bags. Replacing these with an iPad EFB reduces the burden to just 0.7 kg and the weight reduction saves on fuel. It also means that less space is taken up by paper in the cramped cockpit environment, updating and modifying the reference material is more efficient, and smoother procedures help airBaltic to further improve its punctuality record.
Pauls C?l?tis, the airline’s senior vice-president flight operations, added, “The electronic flight bag is yet another green initiative that we at airBaltic are undertaking to continue with innovations in our operations and service. We are proud that airBaltic continues to be a leader by being the first airline in the region to modernise their pilots’ work processes with the electronic flight bag.”