Case study: Aer Lingus on merits of connected electronic flight bags and cockpits

by Amy Svitak

PARIS — Electronic flight bags have already proved their value in reducing on-board paperwork and digitizing aircraft manuals and navigation charts. When connected via data link to the flight management system, they can do even more. But what about a broadband satellite link to the ground during flight?

Richard Niland, senior flight operations engineer at Aer Lingus, which operates more than 50 aircraft — mainly Airbus A330s, A320s and A321s — spoke to these issues Sept. 10 at Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week. Here are excerpts of his remarks.

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