Cathay pilot-tested the system last year on two aircraft and now has decided to roll it out on the company's entire 170-plane fleet of Airbus and
"It's a big milestone for us," McCausland told the Journal . "The aviation industry is still in the early days of replacing paper with electronic logs. This is a another step in the right direction with a big implementation."
Since Ultramain began developing and marketing its electronic flight bag, or EFB-based TechLog software system, many airlines have been using it on individual planes. And the company signed a deal in early 2012 with
But this is the first airline to do a fleetwide installation, McCausland said.
The system allows airlines to replace reams of paper flight logs that pilots must fill out every time they fly regarding cockpit- and cabin-related operations and issues.
It includes a touchscreen interface that speeds communication between cockpit crews and ground maintenance operators, allowing for faster turnaround times so that aircraft spend more time in the air and less time on the ground.
"Replacement of paper with the real-time capture of structured maintenance information through an electronic logbook will dramatically improve the efficiency of processes in line-maintenance operations," said
Although McCausland did not reveal the contract value, he said it includes installation of EFB hardware on all Cathay aircraft, as well as Iridium satellite receivers to provide worldwide data communications while in flight.
Ultramain, which launched in 1980, has grown rapidly in recent years. It now employs 140 people, up from about 80 a year ago.
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