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Jetstar embraces paperless cockpit with new iPad app

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 14, 2013
A screen shot of the new Jetload system, showing the results after input. (Jetstar)

Jetstar is implementing a new iPad app that allows pilots to quickly and accurately calculate aircraft weight and balance before takeoff.

Jetload, developed by Zensar Technologies Australia, will be used on board Jetstar’s A320s and is the first of its kind to be deployed in an Australian flightdeck.

Jetload is synchronised using a WIFI connection meaning documentation can now be sent through electronically in a more streamlined process for pilots. Before the system was introduced, Jetstar pilots used handheld personal digital assistant computers requiring onboard printing and a complex software update process.

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Jetstar Chief Pilot Mark Rindfleish said the fuel savings from the reduction of paper manuals in flightdecks is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

“Fuel is by far our largest expense so anything we can do to safely reduce fuel burn is great for customers as it helps us to offer the lowest fares,” Rindfleish added.

Jetstar’s iPad rollout began last year and the low fares airline has worked through the necessary steps with CASA to safely remove about 20kg worth of paper manuals from the flightdeck.

Zensar has worked with Jetstar for the last five years. The company also supplies application development services, CRM support and maintenance services to Jetstar.

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