Friday 15 December 2017

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Air Malta to introduce iPad based Electronic Flight Bag in the Cockpit

Pictured above: Air Malta’s First Officer, Mark Attard, Technical Pilot Airbus

 

Air Malta has initiated a project to upgrade its ‘Electronic Flight Bag’

devices in the flight deck with an Apple iPad based solution that will

provide pilots with one-touch access to up-to-date flight information,

charts, maps, and other crucial navigation tools. Air Malta will be one of

the first airlines in the world to use such advanced technology in the

cockpit.

The iPads, equipped with Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro, will help the airline to

transition to a fully paperless cockpit where essential information will be

available the moment it is required.

The system is intended to reduce pilot workload, increase situational

awareness in flight, lower operating costs through reduced fuel

consumption based on weight savings and help Air Malta reduce its

carbon emissions and become more environmentally friendly.

A typical paper based pilot flight bag weighs around 25 kilograms

containing thousands of pages of navigation, airport and runway charts,

operating manuals, reference handbooks, flight checklists, logbooks and

weather information. The removal of this weight from onboard each flight

will reduce the airline annual fuel bill. Further cost reductions will be

achieved through the supply of digital charts instead of the printed copies

for all pilots.

Eventually Air Malta pilots will also be able to download weather

information and submit flight reports through the iPad.

This project, which is split in four phases, is being coordinated together

with the Civil Aviation Directorate of Transport Malta through which

regulatory approval is being sought. A technical team from within the

airline’s Flight Operations Department led by Captain Patrick Calleja,

Head of Aircraft Operations and First Officer Mark Attard, Technical Pilot

Airbus is implementing this project.

“Air Malta has always been at the forefront to provide its pilots with the

latest upgrades in flight planning and operational tools and systems.

iPads will give our pilots easy and faster access to more accurate

information. Having the best technology helps us make the best decisions

to fly more efficiently and arrive safely,” said Capt. Mark Micallef Eynaud,

Air Malta’s Chief Officer Flight Operations.

Commenting on this initiative Peter Davies, Chief Executive of Air Malta

said, “Our pilots fly some of the world’s most technologically advanced

equipment. They, and all other airline pilots, have long relied on paper

navigation charts and manuals which clutter the cockpit with huge

volumes of documents. This project represents a significant step forward

for our pilots. We are equipping our staff with the best resources to

operate at the best of their abilities. We are proud to be one of the first

airlines in the world to introduce this technology in the cockpit.”

 

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