Fokker and Navtech introduces Electronic Flight Bag hardware for Apple’s revolutionary iPad

Apple Online StoreFokker Services, in collaboration with flight operations software and services leader Navtech, today introduced commercial aviation’s first affordable hardware and mounting solution for Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) technology designed for the Apple iPad. The revolutionary new solution includes Navtech’s market leading charts library, setting a new standard in portability and convenience for pilots. Swedish cargo carrier Amapola has received approval from the Swedish CAA for a Class 2B EFB and has begun flying using the solution in its fleet of Fokker 50s.

“This product is a sterling example Fokker Services’ goal to create innovative, affordable modifications for the retrofit market,” said Tom Milder, Fokker Services Director Modifications, in the press release. “It’s a perfect match for operators who want to take advantage of EFB capabilities while achieving cost savings in relation to training, devices, installation and the revision environment.”

The new iPad solution has been extensively tested by Amapola pilots, generating exceptionally positive feedback. Pilots have noted such advantages as reduced workload, significantly reduced turnaround times and flight preparation time, and possibilities for incorporating last minute runway changes. Further, the need for most flight paper manuals is eliminated through the inclusion of Navtech’s 31,000 page charts library, which was introduced in an iPad application, Navtech iCharts, in November.

“We see the iPad as a unique opportunity to further lighten the load on pilots and airlines” says Mike Hulley, Navtech CEO, in the press release. “Navtech iCharts has captured the attention of airlines around the world for its convenience and truly user-friendly format. It’s the kind of innovation that’s a win for everyone.”

The iPad EFB Solution is EASA certified. It requires no expensive ICT infrastructure and has a power reserve of up to eight hours. Further, easy installation on flight decks makes introduction within an entire fleet possible within weeks. While the iPad EFB solution was introduced on Amapola’s Fokker 50 aircraft, it is also available for Bombardier, Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

To learn more about Fokker Services iPad EFB Solution visit the dedicated EFB-iPad webpage here.

About Amapola Flyg AB
Amapola Flyg AB is a Swedish based cargo airline providing mail and cargo freighter service. Amapola operates a fleet of 11 Fokker 50 freighter aircraft with its dedicated crew and operational staff providing the highest quality assurance to our customers. The company was founded in 2004 to serve the Swedish post which today remains a primary customer. Amapola offers full 24/7 coverage of scheduled and ad hoc cargo flight operations including full turnkey projects providing a complete air cargo logistic system. The company is based in Stockholm, Sweden and is owned by Salenia AB – for further information

About Navtech, Inc.
Navtech, Inc. is a leading global provider of flight operations solutions, serving more than 350 airlines and aviation services customers. Navtech’s product suite includes aeronautical charts, navigation data solutions, flight planning, aircraft performance software (take-off/landing, weight and balance), and crew planning solutions. Many of Navtech’s products can be configured as part of an EFB solution, including take-off data calculation, weight and balance, and aeronautical charts. These products, supported by Navtech’s ISO:9001 certification, directly support millions of flights each year and help Navtech customers maximize efficiency, reduce costs, ensure compliance with complex national and international safety regulations, and effectively deliver their services. Headquartered just outside Toronto in Waterloo, Ontario — Canada’s technology center — Navtech also has locations in Stockholm, London, and Ahmedabad, India, and is further supported by satellite offices around the world. Its home on the web is the first and only site for viewing the Navtech Aviation Poster Collection, a collection of hundreds of posters and other ephemera that capture the history of aviation through the arresting graphic design of the day.

About Fokker Services
At present there are more than 600 Fokker aircraft operational across the world. The Fokker aircraft has earned a reputation for advanced technologies, comfort, operational reliability, low noise level and durability. Many consider the Fokker among the best mid-size aircraft ever built. Besides the Fokker aircraft, Fokker Services is serving operators with the Bombardier Dash 8 and other out of production aircraft, with its logistic flight hour program ABACUS.
Fokker Services is part of Fokker Technologies, which develops and produces advanced components and systems for the aerospace industry, and supplies integrated maintenance services and products to aircraft owners and operators. In 2009 the group achieved a turnover of € 602 million with 3,500 employees.

Source: Fokker Service.


  1. My Dad was a privet pilot, all the information he had to carry was very heavy.  The industry term is plates, but they are  several books with detailed information on airports.  You must have one for all the airports in the area you are flying incase you have to unexpectedly land somewhere.  They are constantly updated to reflect changes at the airports.  They are very expensive.  This is on top of the charts you must have with you. Having all that information in a iPad would be a godsend.  Less to carry and instantly updated.  I would say cheaper, but that never happens with airplanes.   

  2. But for general aviation pilots, Foreflight is a great app and carries most of the data that’s n a traditional flight bag. Add PDFs in iBooks (reference material, regs, etc.) web access for weather and private pilots never had so much information at their fingertips, certainly no in the cockpit.

  3. I’ve been waiting on this to come. And there’s a lot more. What about maintenance in various fields? To make the iPad really versatile it needs an explosion proof case so it could betake out in refineries, oil rigs, mills where dust could cause an explosion etc.

    And of course apps to communicate with SAP, Oracle etc. for maintenance databases.

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