Rossiya switches to iPad for electronic flight bag

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Aeroflot Group carrier Rossiya has started operations with electronic flight bags based on the Apple iPad tablet.

Following approval from Russian authorities in February, the carrier says it commenced a project to replace paper documents with digital equipment, beginning with Airbus A320-family aircraft and moving to include Boeing 767s.

"Unlike a number of airlines using tablets experimentally during [cruise] flight in addition to paper-based reference material, Rossiya intends to introduce paperless cockpit technology during the entire flight from take-off to landing," it adds.

Paper documents will be kept in the cockpit, sealed, as a back-up until 4 August.

"Each opening of the paper flight documentation is analysed and corrective actions are developed," says Rossiya.

The Class 2 electronic flight bag, far lighter than the paper equivalent, will include operating manuals as well as navigation and runway analysis charts.

"It’s possible to perform take-off calculations using a specially-designed application," says the carrier. "It will result in increasing payload, and applying optimum engine modes that decrease fuel consumption and engine wear."