Microsoft helps airline pilots go paperless with apps and Surface 2, which passes FAA authorization as an electronic flight bag

At the Singapore Airshow, Microsoft is keeping commercial airline industry leaders up to date on how the company has removed the barriers to adopting Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) and going paperless in the cockpit.

As the Surface Blog reports, “We’re happy to share that Surface 2 tablets have achieved Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) authorization for Class 1 or 2 EFB needs for all phases of flight … And because this authorization includes all phases of flight, airlines can confidently plan for using Surface 2 tablets as the fully equipped and powerful PCs they are, rather than limit their use to serving just as simple document readers.”

The blog post also shared feedback the Surface team received from Delta Air Lines pilots, “who tell us they love using their Surface 2 tablets for several reasons: the full HD ClearType display offers the lowest reflectivity and highest contrast – even in the widely varying light conditions of an aircraft cockpit; the 10-hour battery life keeps up with demanding schedules, helping pilots to get things done while they’re on the ground and in transit between flights; and with productivity built-in, it’s easy for pilots to access two apps at the same time, side by side so they can pull up navigation information alongside weather data to help identify safe and comfortable routes of flight.”

To help secure the Surface 2 in cockpits, RAM Mounts is now a Designed For Surface accessory partner that will help commercial airlines more quickly adopt Surface 2 tablets for EFB – and was specifically selected by Delta Air Lines for their Surface 2 EFB initiative.

Another development is the availability of the industry-leading FliteDeck Pro application for Windows 8.1. by Jeppesen, maker of paper and digital flight charts. The app makes it easier and safer for pilots to work with their charts. And in Windows 8.1, pilots can split screen so they can view their charts side-by-side with other data such as gate information or real-time weather.

To read more about these aviation initiatives, check out the Surface Blog.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff