Boeing and Air Canada have announced plans to install the Boeing
Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) on the airline's new Boeing
777s and 787s. Air Canada will be the first airline in North
America to operate a Class 3 EFB, which is fully integrated into a
commercial airplane's avionics.
Air Canada announced the 777 and 787 orders in November 2005.
The airline now says it will have EFB systems installed, certified
and delivered on all 18 of its 777-300ERs, 777-200LRs and 777
Freighters. In addition, it will get EFBs on the 14 787 airplanes
it announced (the EFB is standard equipment on the Dreamliner.)
The airline is
scheduled to receive its first EFB-equipped 777 in 2007, and its
first 787 in 2010.
"We're pleased with the momentum in the market for our Class 3
EFB," said Dan da Silva, vice president of Sales and Marketing for
Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. "Air Canada is a prime example
of a first-class airline picking the Boeing EFB after conducting a
rigorous review of available technology to determine what would
best improve performance and enhance value."
Using software developed by Boeing and its subsidiary, Jeppesen,
and hardware from Astronautics Corp. of America (ACA), the Boeing
EFB digitally delivers vital charts and manuals that pilots need to
fly an airplane, giving them immediate access to critical
information. An instant performance calculator gives pilots the
ideal speeds and engine setting for an aircraft, in any weather, on
any runway, with any payload, and can create vast gains in
efficiency, range and payload.
Jeppesen's Airplane Moving Map -- available only on Class 3 EFBs
-- enhances runway situational awareness by integrating
geo-referencing technology with Jeppesen airport taxi charts to
show flight crews exactly where they are on the tarmac.
With 80 Gigabytes of available memory in each pilot's EFB, the
Boeing system provides plenty of room for new applications as they
become available, such as enhanced fault reporting and electronic
logbook, en route moving maps, enhanced electronic checklists,
real-time weather information, and real-time Notice To Airmen