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Flybe puts flight crew safety manuals on iPads

Cliff Saran

Airline Flybe is rolling out iPads to flight crew to allow them to access safety manuals.

The development is part of the airline’s renewal of its contract with safety specialist Vistair, to provide its cloud-based SafetyNet safety reporting and management services. 

The expanded contract now includes Vistair’s electronic manuals service, its iPad service and its Touch notices system.

The iPads will be used across Flybe’s fleet of 67 Bombardier Dash-8 Q-400 and Embraer aircraft. The deployment replaces an in-house system Flybe had been using.

Flybe’s director of flight operations Ian Baston said:  “Our analysis of Vistair’s other cloud-based services convinced us that using combined developmental processes would improve our compliance and cut costs. 

"Our goal is to move towards a paperless cockpit for all our operations.”

IPad and Android tablets are increasingly being used for accessing documents securely, often with the addition of mobile device management software. As Computer Weekly has previously reported, Maclay Murray and Spens (MMS), a legal firm based in Scotland, has deployed mobile management software from MobileIron to replace legal paperwork with iPad and tablet devices.


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