TNT cockpit iPads save 50kg in paper
25 / 02 / 2015
TNT Airways is to roll out paperless cockpits across its worldwide fleet by using iPad Air tablets as electronic flight bags.
TNT’s subsidiary airline, with a fleet of 50 aircraft, has made the move following approval from the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority.
Each iPad will replace the 50kg of paper books and manuals carried by crews on each flight. Going paperless will also simplify the updating of flight documents, as updates are managed centrally and electronically, regardless of the crews’ location.
All TNT Airways’ 274 pilots have received an iPad. The aircraft cockpits have been modified to house the devices and permit their use in all phases of a flight, including take-off and landing.
The approval was granted following a successful six-month validation period. TNT will remove paper documentation from its aircraft and flights by the end of 2014.
From January 2015, TNT pilots will rely solely on iPads to access information such as operating manuals, maps and navigation charts.
“TNT Airways is one of the first commercial airlines in Europe to receive the authorisation to deploy paperless cockpits. This testifies to TNT’s commitment to innovation and safety,” said Martin Sodergard, managing director network operations, TNT.
In September this year, Lufthansa Cargo said it was introducing an iPad-based Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) packed with navigation maps and operating manuals for cockpit use by pilots.
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