|Astronautics Block Point Five (BP5) EFB. Photo: Astronautics
[Avionics Today 08-03-2016] Boeing has selected Astronautics to provide an upgraded Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system on all fielded and future production Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes. The company will install new Block Point Five (BP5) EFBs, a form/fit replacement for Astronautics’ current Boeing EFB. The BP5 aims to give Boeing 787 operators additional functionality and will be compatible for use throughout all phases of airplane operations.
“The enhanced BP5 EFB with an improved central processing unit will enable the storage of more information, including detailed charts, maps, documents, and databases, allowing operators to enhance airplane performance and improve airplane operational efficiency,” said Dan Ryan, vice president of business development and product strategy at Astronautics.
Ryan also says that the BP5’s modular design will for future upgrades without Line-Replaceable Unit (LRU) level redesign. The new EFB will require no changes to wiring, power, cooling requirements, or the avionics rack. The current BP4 EFB has been standard fit on the 787 since its initial entry into service in 2009.