Posted on: 15 April 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Lufthansa Systems has launched an entire suite of applications for the iPad which enable the iPad to become a full-fledged though lightweight, easy-to-use and highly affordable electronic flight bag (EFB).
Airlines will be able to remove not only paper charts from the cockpit but also all printed flight operations documentation, thus increasing operational efficiency and saving costs.
The new product will be available in the second quarter of 2011 and is centered around an advanced version of the Lido/iRouteManual. It also supports the aviation authorities’ requirements for operational approval for use in all phases of flight.
The suite of applications comprises three modules – the Lido/iRouteManual and a document viewer as iPad apps as well as a document management system in the form of a web service. Further modules are already under consideration.
“The capabilities of the newest member of our family of Lido navigation solutions is the result of in-depth discussions we had with multiple airlines in order to meet their operational needs in the best possible way,” says Jörg Pikolin, director product management airline operations solutions at Lufthansa Systems.
The new version of the Lido/iRouteManual will include an enhanced clipboard, chart flipping and direct access to charts, access to chart-NOTAMs and general text information and a dimming feature. Depending on the operational environment and infrastructure of an airline there will be three different ways to update the charts. Pilots can either update their entire airport library by the click of one button, only update the charts in their clipboard for their next flight or update an individual airport – depending on the time and connectivity available.
The document viewer can easily been accessed from within the Lido/iRouteManual. It allows fast access to documents via favourites and the table of content. It will be tied into an airline-wide document management system and will automatically receive user or user group-specific documents and messages whenever connected.
To effectively control distribution of documents and charts, a web based document management system, which supplements the apps suite on the ground side, allows an airline’s EFB administrator to define user groups (for example, per fleet, or for specific functions), distribute documents and messages to individual user groups, set validity of documents and track the update status of documents and charts on every users’ iPad.