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
Date: Mar 3, 2006