Jeppesen Delivers Total Mission Solution to the Royal Netherlands Air
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Jeppesen Delivers Total Mission Solution to the Royal Netherlands Air Force

First Military Customer for Class 1 EFB

ENGLEWOOD, COLO., March 2, 2006 – The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF)

became the military launch customer for Jeppesen’s Class 1 Electronic
Flight Bag (EFB) Total Mission Solution when it recently acquired EFBs that
will be deployed to a mixed fleet of eight transport aircraft at Eindhoven
Air Base.

As a result of working agreements with many leading industry partners,
Jeppesen can deploy its solutions in a mixed fleet environment and across
Class 1, 2 or 3 EFB platforms. And, as is the case with the RNLAF EFB
program, Jeppesen has several hardware and integrator relationships in
order to serve customers who have selected retrofit solutions and plan to
implement EFB without airframe OEM assistance. Jeppesen is the only
company able to maintain EFB data and software continuity across diverse
fleets of new and existing aircraft, and across varying hardware devices.

Representatives from Jeppesen; Jeppesen partner and integration service
provider, International Computer Marketing (ICM); and hardware provider,
Panasonic, worked side by side with the RNLAF 334 Squadron to install the
digital information solution, which included the assembly, training and
deployment of 17 Class 1 EFB systems.

Integral parts of Jeppesen’s new Total Mission Solution concept is the
behind-the-scenes Data Distribution and Management (DDM) system, best
practice knowledge, and proven processes that allow customers to transition
confidently from paper to digital at their own pace. Jeppesen also
provided its terminal chart application for Class 1 EFBs, and a PDF chart
viewer for accessing government charts on the EFB. Future plans call for
the squadron to implement Jeppesen’s soon-to-be released enroute moving map
for EFBs and a document browser. Hardware includes Panasonic CF-18
ToughBooks, 8.4” navAero kneeboard touch screens, VGA converters, Class 1
EFB flight bags and appropriate power strips.

“The RNLAF 334 Squadron was an ideal EFB launch candidate due to its
approach to adopting cutting-edge technology,” said Oivind Moldestad,
Jeppesen Military Aviation business development executive. “Jeppesen is
helping the squadron transition at its own pace with Class 1 EFBs, while
the squadron is working with the RNLAF Operational Research and Evaluations
branch to develop operational guidelines and approvals. The squadron also
plans to convert the Class 1 into a Class 2 solution for its C-130s and
KDC-10s when it implements the planned cockpit modification program.”

The 334 Squadron is made up of eleven aircraft, including: two C-130
Hercules; one Gulfstream G-IV; two Fokker 50s; four Fokker 60s; and two
KDC-10 tanker aircraft. The Fokker 60s will be replaced by two recently
acquired C-130Hs, and will not be equipped with EFBs. Additionally, a
DC-10 has also been added to the fleet. These three aircraft will be
equipped with additional EFBs after overhaul. The RNLAF is also exploring
the possibility of acquiring a similar system for their Chinook and Cougar
helicopters.

“Jeppesen’s ability to provide its Total Mission Solution, including
hardware, expertise, and back-end data management systems, was the critical
reason the RNLAF chose to partner with us,” Moldestad said. “The demand
for Jeppesen’s EFB solution is very strong in the military market. Based
on conversations with other customers, the RNLAF EFB implementation is only
the beginning.”

Moldestad emphasized the importance of Jeppesen’s partnership with ICM and
its partners, Panasonic and navAero, as key to the success of the
implementation. “Their knowledge, expertise and creativity were the key to
bringing all of the hardware pieces together to produce a well-integrated,
user-friendly hardware package.”

The RNLAF has a longstanding relationship with Jeppesen. They currently
use Jeppesen’s JetPlanner flight planning and Mission Ops eCharts
electronic charting software.

Source : Jeppesen

Published on ASDNews: Mar 3, 2006

 

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