New EFBs Provide Reduced Operating Costs and
Are a Form-Fit-Function Replacement for Existing 777 EFBs
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, January 4, 2016 – Astronautics Corporation of America announced that Singapore Airlines (SIA) will upgrade its fleet of Boeing 777 airplanes with Astronautics’ Block Point 4 (BP4) Electronic Flight Bag (EFB).
“The newer EFB will enable the storage of more information including detailed charts, maps, documents and databases, allowing operators to enhance airplane performance and improve operational efficiency,” said Larry Levine, vice president, Business Development, Airlines and OEMs. “With the expanded performance of the Central Processing Unit, operators can continue to add new applications as they are developed. Additionally, the enhancements made to the BP4 EFB have provided a significant improvement to the mean time between failures (MTBF) making it one of the most reliable avionics systems fielded today, reducing total operating costs by over 50% for an airline.”
The EFB is a form-fit-function replacement for the existing Astronautics BP3 EFBs on SIA’s Boeing 777 and can be installed overnight.
“There are no changes to wiring or power requirements, no changes to the avionics rack or cooling requirements, and just minimal training required for pilots and maintenance personnel. This upgrade will give SIA a common configuration across its 777 fleet and is readily compatible with airline operating systems and infrastructure,” Levine added. Deliveries of the Astronautics BP4 EFBs to SIA began in early December.
Astronautics has been providing EFBs to the airline industry since it first introduced the product line nearly 15 years ago in conjunction with The Boeing Company. Astronautics’ BP4 EFB is standard equipment on 787 airplanes and a frequently selected option for Boeing 777 operators, as well as 747-8 and 737 operators worldwide.
About Astronautics Corporation of America
Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight displays, engine displays, mission computers, electronic flight bags and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing tailored engineering solutions to help clients achieve mission success.