Airline swaps pen and paper for Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1, UK. 5th September 2017: European cargo airline West Atlantic is transforming life for aviation crew, who formerly used pen and paper to keep on top of logistics, by equipping them with Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablets. The result is a better and more efficient working day in the form of saved time, increased user-friendliness and better overview.

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1, which is approved for Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) use in the aviation industry, will be used in this capacity by West Atlantic. EFB’s are designed to replace paper-based reference materials often found in the pilot’s carry-on flight bag, including the aircraft operating manual, flight-crew operating manual and navigational charts. In addition, the EFB can host purpose-built software applications to automate other functions normally conducted by hand, such as performance take-off calculations.

“One of the most important criteria in selecting a solution was to find a unit that could withstand a blow, as conditions can get rough,” said Magnus Klasson, Operations Manager at West Atlantic. “Units often get dropped during loading and unloading. Therefore, we cannot use technology that is going to get damaged. In this regard, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 is perfect for us. It is robust and can be used in all types of weather, come rain or shine,” he explains.

Easier checking of loads

West Atlantic will deploy two Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets per aircraft, one for each of the two pilots on board, with the aim of reducing the amount of physical material on board, such as critical manuals and security papers. Several operations that were previously very time-consuming, in terms of the volume of physical materials, have now been digitised. For example, the technology has made it easier to check loads and adjust the temperature on the aircraft correspondingly.

“With the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1, the cargo is secured with only a few finger taps. The information is updated without any physical papers having to travel by air or ground. We have thereby essentially eliminated the use of paper. Which is also good for the environment,” says Magnus Klasson.

Ideal for air travel

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 is an ideal cockpit companion for aircraft flight crew, with its 10.1” touchscreen display, information is clearly viewable and the screen brightness can be adapted down to 0.5 nits for night flight viewing and up to 960 nits for use in bright sunlight.

Watch the film that shows how Toughpad FZ-G1 has simplified the normal working day for employees at West Atlantic here:

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