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Cebu Pacific moves toward paperless cockpit by rolling out iPad for pilots

By Nestor Domingo Jr - on 21 Jul 2017, 4:35pm

Cebu Pacific moves toward paperless cockpit by rolling out iPad for pilots

Airline firm Cebu Pacific Air has begun taking steps to invest in paperless technology by rolling out 5th generation iPad devices for its pilots.

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Each device will contain the pilots’ Electronic Flight Bags (EFB), the information management devices that will help flight crews perform the necessary tasks to fly and navigate the aircraft. It comprised of a variety of aviation data such as weather patterns, maps, charts, and basic calculations such as fuel consumption.

EFBs are also enhanced with navigation and situational awareness capabilities to simplify preparation and in-flight procedures for critical times like high-congestion or poor visibility. Moreover, these EFBs come with a docking system that allows for seamless syncing and downloading of data to multiple devices.

The movement started earlier this month when Cebu Pacific provided the iPad EFBs to 70 of their pilots with the airline company, with 700 CEB pilots, or those flying the Airbus fleet, expected to be equipped with the device in the upcoming weeks. This was part of the carrier’s PhP 24-billion capital expenditure (CAPEX) earmarked for 2017. That said, Cebu Pacific expects to save an estimated 50,000 sheets of paper per year once they have fully-implemented the use of devices and will cut their fuel consumption by five tons.

“CEB operates one of the world’s youngest fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft, which is probably the most technologically advanced turbo-prop currently in commercial service.  To complement the ATR, our investment in the iPad EFB aligns with our goal of operational excellence through the introduction of systems that enhance safety and efficiency in flight operations. With the EFB iPad, aircraft performance software and aeronautical charts are readily available, flight plans are constantly updated, and aircraft documentation and procedures are easily accessed; this is important when time critical decisions need to be made and executed in the flight deck,” said Capt. Sam Avila, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Flight Operations.

“iPad EFBs will also help us reduce our environmental footprint and manage our operational costs. Traditionally, flight manuals, charts, and other documentation used by pilots are all on paper— these paper documents weigh anywhere from 30 to 50 pounds. Going paperless will reduce our cumulative aircraft fuel burn, and consequently our carbon emissions.”