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Airbus outlines key features of A350 flightdeck, takes innovative electronic flight bag approach

Airbus has given the first detailed briefing on the advances it will offer in the flightdeck of the A350 XWB.

Key new features include what it claims is a revolutionary electronic flight bag concept, dubbed "class 2-plus", which will enable pilots to dock their laptop computers with flightdeck hardware and operate and view them through the aircraft's on-board interfaces.

"We have combined the benefits of the class 2 and class 3 EFB solutions," Airbus test pilot Jean-Michel Roy says.

The airframer has also revealed how it has evolved the A380's cockpit philosophy into a simpler arrangement for the A350 with greater interactivity.

'A350 Cockpit

"With the A350 we have the EFIS, ECAM [electronic centralised aircraft monitor], FMS [flight management system] and OIS all displayed on the same screens and they all interchangeable," says Roy.

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