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MidEast retrofits EFBs

Saudi Arabian VIP carrier, MidEast Jet has become the first operator to retrofit Boeing’s Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) on a Boeing 777 aeroplane.

Saudi Arabian VIP carrier, MidEast Jet has become the first operator to retrofit Boeing’s Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) on a Boeing 777 aeroplane. The EFB stores all of the flight data and plans that a pilot needs electronically, thereby removing the need for bulky paper flight manuals.

Globally, the units have been installed on 13 new 777s, flown by three airlines, but MidEast Jet is the first operator to retrofit EFBs into previously built aircraft. Boeing Commercial Aviation Services will install the EFB onto MidEast's 777-200ER in Germany, with the aircraft to be redelivered to the operator in April 2005.

“The Boeing EFB delivers technology benefits in a digital format,” says David Thomas, MidEast Jet’s director of operations. “The addition of the EFB reduces the amount a charts, manuals and logbooks our pilots are used to carrying.”

The EFB includes an onboard performance tool that allows the pilot to instantly calculate the ideal speed and engine setting for an aircraft, in any weather condition, on any runway – or any runway intersection – with any payload. The unit also includes the Jeppesen Airport Moving Map application, which combines high fidelity, geo-referenced airport taxi charts with precise navigational signals. This then shows flight crews exactly where they are on the surface of an airport. It also gives flight crews a viewer for cabin surveillance systems, helping meet new and anticipated regulatory requirements.

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