EASA clears Jeppesen's iPad app

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Jeppesen's electronic flight bag application for the iPad has been cleared by the European Aviation Safety Agency's Operations Evaluation Board. EASA says it can see no problems with airline use of the device with Jeppesen's software, so it is now up to national aviation authorities to clear individual operators' proposals for its use.

Jeppesen's FliteDeck Pro and Mobile TC Pro applications for iPad/iOS is the first mobile electronic flight bag (EFB) with navigation charting to be cleared by EASA.

"The EASA-OEB sees no technical objections to the grant by national authorities of an operational approval for the use of TC Pro iOS and FD Pro iOS software applications taking the recommendations in this report into account," EASA's report states.

Jeppesen says that because the iPad applications can be used in all phases of flight, integration of tablet EFB allows for a wide-scale reduction of paper flight materials "while providing crew-based mobile platforms as key building blocks towards the ultimate goal of the connected digital airline".

The EASA evaluation report was based on EFB standards JAA TGL 36 and draft AMC 20-25. It is the latest in a series of regulatory milestones for Jeppesen EFB on iPad. On 1 February 2011, Executive Jet Management (EJM) received the first FAA authorisation; on 13 May 2011 the FAA issued InFO bulletin No.11011, codifying the use of iPad and similar tablets for EFB, and referencing the work done by Jeppesen and EJM.