Mumbai: Jet Airways (India) Ltd, India’s second largest airline, will provide pilots across its Boeing 737 fleet with iPads loaded with applications to do performance calculations, view en-route and terminal charts, refer documents and checklists in digital format, thus reducing the paper in the cockpit, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Having received the clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Association, Jet is India’s first airlines to issue iPads to all its pilots, it said.
The initiative is follows a move by the airline to switch to a ‘less paper’ cockpit from 2007 onwards. Its B777-300ER aircraft are fitted with an ‘electronic flight bag,’ which contains all the route maps, charts, aircraft manuals and associated paperwork in a digital format. The introduction of the iPad will make it even more convenient for pilots to access key flight information, and in greater detail than ever before.
The airline has already trained 500 crew to operate the iPad as part of the first phase of the switch, with the rest to make the transition in a systematic manner over the next six to eight months. The iPads will come pre-loaded with documents and performance charts that pilots normally have to fill out as well as an on-board performance tool allowing them to gauge the aircraft’s operating parameters with extreme accuracy.
The iPads will enable pilots to precisely calculate the level of thrust required to take off, reducing engine wear and tear. The iPad will have capabilities to offer up a precise calculation of the payload an aircraft is carrying, allowing crew to maximize the aircraft’s payload capacity.