Air Malta to introduce iPad-based electronic flight bag in the cockpit
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’s 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.