Saudia has achieved another significant operational milestone in aviation world by equipping its fleet with the latest digital flight deck solution (i.e. electronic flight bag “EFB”). This paperless flight deck revolution will replace the traditional one. Thus, no plates, charts, manuals or maps.. well, none on paper, anyhow. The new Dreamliner B787-9 is the first aircraft in the whole region which is equipped with an electronic flight deck working through local servers and with no papers at all. It is worth mentioning that Saudia has taken delivery of its three B787-9 on February 2016, and the fourth one delivered on last April.
Saudia has already uploaded the flight plans and maps to the aircraft’s flight management system. In addition, the traditional pilot’s bag has been replaced by ipad which contains a back-up copy of these maps. This revolutionary system facilitates the duties of the crew by enabling them to get all the necessary information electronically and as fast as possible, either before or after take-off.
Captain Khalid Al-Shamasi, Executive Vice President of Flight Operations at Saudi Arabian Airlines, said that the new system provides an electronic movable platform in a substitution of paper-based navigation charts, printed materials and manuals used in the cockpit.
Al-Shamsi affirms that adopting such system is considered to be a great technical achievement for Saudia as it will further enhance the operational processes and facilitate obtaining information. He emphasizes that Saudia “will apply this electronic system to all flight operations as soon as possible”
Mike Abbott, GD in Jeppesen Navigation & Flight Deck Programs, appreciates and congratulates Saudia on its forward-thinking EFB integration and paperless operations program, using FliteDeck Pro to achieve its goals. He affirms that “this authorization establishes Saudia as a leader in EFB integration in the Middle East”
Capt. Arif Jazaa Al-Shammari, Director of EFB project in Saudi Arabian Airlines, emphasizes that “Saudia B787-9 is the first aircraft, which integrated paperless operations program with electronic flight bag (EFB) solution, both in the Kingdom and the Gulf region, as well.”
“This solution gives pilots an electronic access to all maps, manuals, and charts easily and quickly. Pilots can now avoid human factor errors by performing take-off and landing performance calculations depending on an accurate electronic runway and aircraft performance information” Al-Shammari added.
Al-Shammari affirms that Saudia is one of the first airlines to eliminate paper-based flight information materials in a digital operating environment through local servers. Moreover, a technical support center, which is working around the clock, has been established especially for this project.