EFB Benefits:

Reduction in administration costs of inputting paper based voyage reports into crew management system.

The data will be easily available for extraction into crew management systems (rostering) via IFS's web portal. There will also be an opportunity to specifically define additional parameters so that the airline can identify the actual time spent by crew in the air, on the ground, at the gate, etc. In terms of Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) the airline will be in a much better position to see how its efforts to optimize crew time are succeeding.

The Voyage Report generated from the sum of all of the data inputs and calculations made by the EFB platform and integrated modules will contain not only all of the data currently being processed by the back office, but additional data which can be used for further applications.

Elimination of administration costs of producing paper based performance charts for aircraft.

An EFB based Performance calculation module completely eliminates the need for paper. A considerable amount of the data is already preloaded into the TODC module's interface from the preflight report and flight planning module as well as the loadsheet. The pilot is only required to input the missing variables and a quick (avg. 2 seconds) calculation is made giving all the necessary information about the thrust and flap settings. Furthermore, in case of sudden changes in runway, cargo or meteo conditions the pilot is able to quickly recalculate the correct performance settings without wasting time fumbling with paper.

Reduction in administration costs of producing paper based aircraft manuals

The PFB platform comes equipped with a robust document library capable of handling PDF and XML format. This function is secure (encrypted) and allows for complete control by the back office of the documents on every device. It creates an automatic record of each device content, when the documents were pushed on to the device, what documents are still not updated, etc. An electronic record will be created that can be submitted to the CAA to demonstrate QA on the part of the airline in handling the cockpit documentation.

Reduction in handling agent costs for producing load sheets

IFS supplied loadsheet is automatically sent to designated e-mail recipients. This function is controlled by the company via the web portal and additional recipients can be added by the pilot as well.

Elimination of all costs associated with keeping charts and plates current

This function is best described by your charts provider. Clearly, a digital format on the EFB will result in considerable benefits.

Reduction in fuel costs

Normally, an airline has no way of evaluating if the flight planning route chosen is the most effective one. Sometimes a number of different routes are available and it is not always clear if the shortest route is the most economical. If an airline is able to gather data on its actual flight path and the resulting fuel consumption over the course of several voyages it can then compare the data and draw appropriate conclusions. Our platform gives the airline the tools to do just that - data mine for KPI's that help the management make the right decision.

Increase in safety due to timely data (icharts, performance, duty hours etc)

Pilot time can be saved from being wasted on picking up charts, flight plans, etc. at the airport or the office as this information is sent directly to the cockpit EFB device. Flight planning updates can be done right before the flight making for more accurate flight paths, take into account most recent weather conditions, etc.

Reduction in maintenance issues due to more timely tech log management

A number of our customers are using the data from the Journey Report (air time, ground time, number of flights) to integrate into their tech log. We can also make a specific technical log to include the parameters and values that you find necessary to further help optimize the management of your maintenance program.

*Easier compliance.

For many companies an audit is a very onerous procedure, requiring considerable investment in time and effort by its specialists. This time costs money. When an airline is audited it is much easier to be able to present digital files illustrating how the company is keeping track of its documentation, crews hours, maintenance program, etc.

*Data Entry.

Any business process that requires people to enter data generated on board the aircraft could be eliminated if this data is input into the EFB platform. This will reduce the time from when the data is generated to when it can be acted upon (eg. Broken passenger seat - information sent to maintenance crew as soon as the aircraft lands).

*Improved working environment for cockpit crew

A lot of the data that needs to be currently input and calculated can be done automatically from the flight planning and crew management modules. The pilots are prevented from having to make double or triple entry of data as this is done automatically through the integrated EFB platform.

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