Thursday, August 15, 2013

New app calculates aircraft weight

Bangalore: Jetstar and Zensar Technologies Australia have developed an iPad app that allows pilots to accurately calculate aircraft weight and balance before take-off. Jetload is used on-board Jetstar's A320s and is the first of its kind to be deployed in an Australian flight deck.
Jetstar chief pilot Mark Rindfleish said the launch of the app was an exciting step in the airline's journey toward a paperless flight deck using tablet computing. "At Jetstar we're always looking to harness new technology to improve the way we do things," Captain Rindfleish said.
Before Jetload was introduced, Jetstar pilots used handheld personal digital assistant computers requiring on-board printing and a complex software update process. Jetload is synchronized using a WIFI connection meaning documentation can now be sent through electronically in a more streamlined process for pilots.
Jetstar's iPad rollout began last year and the low fares airline has worked through the necessary steps with CASA to safely remove about 20 kg worth of paper manuals from the flight deck.Captain Rindfleish said the fuel savings from the reduction of paper manuals in flight decks is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
15/08/13 Shilpa Phadnis/Times of India