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Lufthansa Releases Modernized EFB App Upgrade

By Juliet Van Wagenen | September 7, 2016
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Lido/mPilot 2.0 impresses with its more modern design, better performance and connectivity to avionics systems in the cockpit
Lido/mPilot 2.0 impresses with its more modern design, better performance and connectivity to avionics systems in the cockpit. Photo: Lufthansa Systems

[Avionics Today 09-07-2016] Lufthansa Systems has released its Lido/mPilot 2.0, a comprehensive update to its navigation app for the iPad. According to Lufthansa, the new app features a more modern design, faster loading times, better performance and a Bluetooth connection to flight deck avionics systems. Existing customers can download Lido/mPilot 2.0 from the App Store and update their systems.

Lufthansa Systems worked with UTC Aerospace Systems and their products to turn an iPad installed with Lido/mPilot 2.0 into an advanced Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system. Using a UTC Aerospace Systems Tablet Interface Module, which has a Bluetooth connection, the iPad is linked to the company’s Aircraft Interface Device (AID), which enables data management. This will provide access to relevant avionics data such as GPS information, and the aircraft’s speed and heading. Together the hardware and software will facilitate navigation and contribute to improved situational awareness for pilots.

“The trend toward mobile solutions for a paperless flight deck and greater flexibility for pilots and airlines shows no sign of slowing down,” said Igor Dimnik, director of products at Lufthansa Systems. “With our new Lido/mPilot 2.0 app, we are taking another step in the direction of connectivity on the flight deck.”

Around 70 airlines have opted for the mobile Lido/mPilot navigation solution since the app was launched in early 2015. The modular app offers features such as airport charts, a dynamically generated enroute map and a document management and distribution system that enables pilots to access documents and messages both at home and on the move.

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