Mesa Air Group received FAA approval to begin a six month validation process using the Apple iPad as a Class I Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). During the validation process, the EFB will be used in conjunction with the pilot's carry-on flight bag, but will eventually replace the flight bag to perform flight management tasks more effectively and reliably. This approval forms the important initial step of reducing the need for hardcopy manuals in the flight deck.
"We are pleased Mesa was approved as the first regional airline to utilize the electronic flight bag. The introduction of this technology will enhance our reliability, eliminate the ongoing expense of producing and updating paper manuals, and be a welcomed tool for our flight crews," noted Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mesa Air Group, Inc. "Mesa continues to explore ways to improve efficiency while maintaining the highest level of safety and customer service, and endeavors to set the standard for the regional airline industry," continued Ornstein.
Mesa currently operates 77 aircraft with about 419 daily system departures to 93 cities, 35 states, Mexico and the District of Columbia. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines and go! Hawaii's low fare airline.