Over the last two years, one of the most talked about aspects of high speed aircraft connectivity and where it is going in the future has lead to questions of how airlines can better use connectivity operationally, get better access to weather updates, avoid turbulence and increasingly rely on digital applications rather than paper-based charts.
During that time, the EFB Users Forum continues to guide the industry as a global community of airlines, app-makers, avionics equipment suppliers and connectivity service providers working out the regulatory and performance challenges that can impede technological innovation across any industry.
Co-chaired by Austrian Airlines Captain Philipp Haller and Southwest Airlines Captain Will Ware, the content and discussions that occur at the EFB Users Forum are literally changing the way pilots fly and use their EFBs.
One of the biggest accomplishments in recent years was the use of research, presentations and meetings between EFB Users Forum participants lead by Jeppesen to advocate for the FAA’s adoption of Advisory Circular 120-76D (AC 120-76D). The event has also been pivotal in advancing the functionality of aircraft interface devices (AIDs), which can serve as a secure bridge between a pilot’s tablet and an aircraft’s embedded safety critical avionics systems.
Today’s AIDs are capable of computing an optimum flight profile based on access to the real-time aircraft performance from the avionics systems, updated weather information from the high-speed connectivity, and inputs and constraints entered by the pilot. You can read more about the explosion in AID functionality occurring in the recent April 2019 edition of Avionics International.
Another advancement of EFB functionality occurred in Prague at the 2019 AEEC/AMC and MMC general session, where the AEEC Executive Committee formally adopted ARINC Specification 840A. This specification standardizes the application control interface that exists between application control component software and EFB applications. Some of the issues associated with this aspect of EFBs that have been improved upon by the forum include application to application workflow, data sharing and interfacing EFB applications to aircraft hardware and operating systems.
What exciting EFB-related projects and advancements are being developed by airframe manufacturers, EFB app makers and connectivity service providers? How do airline pilots want to further optimize their use of EFBs into the future? In Chicago, the first gathering of 2019 of the EFB Users Forum will answer these questions and more!