Jeppesen moves closer to paperless cockpit

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Boeing's Jeppesen unit this summer will roll out Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck, an Apple iPad application with en-route moving map functionality that will further assist operators in implementing a truly paperless cockpit environment.

Last summer, during the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Jeppesen introduced its Mobile TC terminal chart application, which turns the iPad into a Class I electronic flight bag, enabling pilots to search and view terminal charts. Executive Jet Management is now using the solution as the sole reference for electronic charts - including during taxi, take-off and landing - on several aircraft types in its fleet. Many other operators are following suit.

Later this year the company plans to launch the Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck, "which will include all the terminal charts, embedded document browsing and also an en route moving map", revealed Jeppesen chief strategist, aviation Rick Ellerbrock.

"We're really excited about the en-route moving map because it will be the first of its kind in the world generated on a database in real time. And it will be the first data-driven product that is truly a paper elimination candidate. It will have all the content that is currently on paper and every map feature is completely searchable for access to its attributes or to immediately centre the map feature in the current view."

Jeppesen is working with a large number of airlines around the world on iPad-as-EFB implementation projects. "Over 100 airlines have expressed strong interest," said Ellerbrock.