Class 2 Electronic Flight Bags Rolled Out For NextGen 737s
Boeing announced this week an agreement with Esterline CMC
Electronics to provide Class 2 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) hardware
on selected airplane models for production and retrofit, starting
with the Next-Generation 737. A second provider will be announced
"Boeing is providing the very important elements of end-to-end
integration as well as commonality across EFB classes. Many Class 2
providers offer no integration, leaving it to be done by the
airline. This can add unanticipated cost and increase technical and
schedule risk," said Robert Manelski, director of Crew Information
Services, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. "Our EFB solution is fully integrated, allowing
customers the flexibility they want, with Boeing support throughout
the life cycle of the product."
Boeing is developing a common application suite and ground
infrastructure for use across Class 1, 2, and 3 EFBs to maximize
the value of the EFB infrastructure by including Boeing and
Jeppesen applications and data.
"This selection of our PilotView EFB makes the most of our
strengths in Class 2 hardware delivery and combines it with
Boeing's strengths in data delivery and integration," said
Jean-Pierre Morteux, CMC Electronics president and chief executive
officer. "We believe this combination will offer the flexibility
that customers are seeking."
The EFB contains all documentation and forms that pilots carry
-- aeronautical maps and charts, manuals, minimum equipment lists
and logbooks -- in digital format and puts them at the crew's
fingertips. The Boeing system provides an integrated solution from
the airplane to the airline's back office and offers value through
improved operational efficiencies.
In October 2003, Boeing became the first to have a Class 3 EFB
certified and integrated on the 777 fleet. Since then, Boeing has
certified the Boeing Class 3 EFB for the Next-Generation 737, 757,
767 and 747-400 models and has made it standard on the 787
Dreamliner and Boeing Business Jets. Boeing currently has more than
1,000 Class 3 EFBs on order.