TAG Aviation S.A., a leading international business aviation operator, recently introduced iPad-based electronic flight bag (EFB) technology to its Switzerland-based fleet, featuring Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Digital Aviation, will help to eliminate paper-based flight information from TAG Aviation operations and increase overall operational efficiency.
TAG Aviation EFB on iPad will replace hundreds of pages of paper-based documents in the cockpit, including operation manuals, aeronautical charts, flight plans and weather information. TAG Aviation has integrated iPad EFB technology into operation, after receiving authorization from the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).
“The paperless technology allows pilots to quickly access up-to-date information which simplifies pre-flight planning and ensures efficient in-flight operations. The iPad is a great tool for that, which everybody likes to work with,” said Damien Chollet, deputy postholder, Flight Operations at TAG Aviation. “This innovative approach underpins our commitment to industry-leading standards in flight operations, safety and environment.”
In addition to a reduction in paper use and printing, TAG Aviation aims to achieve savings in fuel consumption by reducing the weight of each pilot’s flight bag taken onboard. On average, pilots previously had to carry documents which can weigh up to 20 kg (40-50 lbs), which is eliminated through iPad use. Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck on iPad allows TAG Aviation crews to access aeronautical arrival and departure information for airports worldwide and can also be accessed via fixed Class 3 EFB primary flight displays (on aircraft equipped with this capability).
“Integrating Jeppesen mobile solutions helps to reduce pilot workload, increase operational efficiency and lower costs in a competitive business environment,” said Tim Huegel, director, Jeppesen Aviation Portfolio Management. “We are pleased to team up with TAG Aviation and congratulate them on their digital transformation on the ground and in the air.”
TAG Aviation iPad EFB applications are backed with AirWatch mobile device management solutions which enable the operator to manage data remotely and ensure that crews are running the most updated version of the applications. TAG Aviation plans to introduce paperless cockpits throughout its worldwide managed fleet of 130 aircraft, subject to regulatory approval. In addition to its operation based in Geneva (Switzerland) and Farnborough (UK), it has air operator certificates (AOCs) in Spain (Madrid), the Middle East (Bahrain) and Asia (Hong Kong).
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About TAG Aviation
Since 1966, TAG Aviation companies have pioneered industry standards in business aviation safety, operations, services and training. TAG Aviation manages a fleet of over 130 aircraft worldwide, employs almost 1,000 employees including more than 450 pilots and 400 cabin crew, trains an average of 4,000 aviation professionals each year, has a charter fleet of around 50 aircraft and provides maintenance and engineering services in six locations (Geneva, Sion, Farnborough, Madrid, Paris and Lomé). TAG Aviation is a global company that includes TAG Aviation Europe, TAG Aviation Asia in Hong Kong and TAG Aviation Middle East in Bahrain. TAG Aviation Europe, a TAG Aviation company, offers fully integrated aircraft management and charter services, maintenance and FBO/handling services as well as an integrated training centre for crew. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and comprises three operating companies (AOCs) located in Geneva, Madrid and Farnborough (London).
For 80 years, Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today, this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers transformative information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air and sea operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a Boeing subsidiary and part of the Digital Aviation business unit within Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. Boeing offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services, support and solutions, collectively known as the Boeing Edge, providing customers a competitive advantage by solving real operational problems, enabling better decisions, maximizing efficiency and improving environmental performance – intelligent information solutions across the entire aviation ecosystem.