CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW -- UTC Aerospace Systems has received FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for its new tablet-based electronic flight bag (EFB) system on the Airbus A320 series aircraft. The system allows tablet devices, such as an Apple® iPad, to display critical flight information for enhanced operational effectiveness and offers a clear upgrade path to accommodate future airspace technologies. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corporation. (NYSE: UTX).
The system STC covers the company's new Tablet Interface Module (TIM(TM)) coupled with an aircraft-installed Aircraft Interface Device (AID) and modular installation kit. The TIM works with the AID to allow the user's tablet to perform as an EFB and access an array of key aircraft avionics data such as GPS position, ground speed and aircraft heading - something that has previously been unavailable to tablet EFB users. In addition, UTC Aerospace Systems has received parts manufacturing approval (PMA) for the TIM.
Since the STC automatically incorporates certified AID hardware on the aircraft, customers can readily upgrade to the tablet-based EFB system. The interaction between the TIM and AID benefits the customer because the EFB is modular, meaning new configurations will build off the previous configurations. Customers will be able to increase their system capability over time by tailoring the tablet-based EFB for unique aircraft installations including future NextGen and SESAR airspace requirements.
The company expects to install the same system on an Airbus A320 aircraft in Europe, as well as Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft in both the U.S. and Europe in the second half of 2014.
"Having both FAA and EASA certification for our tablet-based EFB system on two of the most popular aircraft in the world will allow airlines everywhere to realize the cost and efficiency benefits of paperless operation," said Brian Sartain, director, Business Development, Sensors and Integrated Systems. "Users of both the Airbus A320 and Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft can implement a Class 2 EFB system, approved by Apple for use with the iPad, in the near term; and in the future they can easily upgrade to a full Class 3 SmartDisplay EFB system for both regulatory compliance and proven cost enhancements."
UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.
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