[Avionics Today 05-24-2016] Astronics has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) for its webFB wireless Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) device for use on Boeing 737 aircraft. According to a statement released by Astronics, the approval represents the first time a wireless Aircraft Interface Device (AID) has been certified for use in the flight deck by the FAA.
The built-in AID gathers essential data from the aircraft’s ARINC 429 and 717 databuses and conveys it to custom software or EFB apps hosted on the internal server. Using a wireless connection to portable EFB tablets, the webFB delivers this information right to the flight crew.
Software partners are currently developing a variety of enhanced EFB applications for the webFB that are focused on increased operational efficiencies including fuel and time savings, electronic tech logs, among others.
Along with the webFB, this STC also approves the installation of the Astronics EmPower system in the flight deck with USB outlets for charging portable EFBs while in flight.