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AirMed claims stand-alone EFB is a UK first to add to its portfolio of innovations
AirMed, the Oxford-based air ambulance specialist is claiming a UK first after gaining approval for the use of stand-alone electronic flight bags (EFBs).

AirMed, the Oxford-based air ambulance specialist is claiming a UK first after gaining approval for the use of stand-alone electronic flight bags (EFBs). "This is a huge step as we continually strive for greater efficiency within our flight operations," says Capt Mike Roberson, director of flying. "While we are always looking at new and innovative ways to improve our operations, we're most interested in ways to improve safety. The use of the EFBs in our Learjet 35As has enhanced safety by reducing pilot workload, ensuring the integrity of revisions, and consolidating the world's approach plates into one 2lb electronic notebook."

AirMed chose the Jeppesen Jeppview electronic navigation software to install their DT312 EFB units. Roberson says: "After many hours of flight-testing the potential EFB units, AirMed decided that the Sumo DT312 unit was the most user-friendly as well as the most durable. Camtech Systems Ltd based in Cambridge has provided all of the hardware and is also providing the ongoing technical support required for what is now an essential part of the operations of AirMed.

"Throughout the entire approval process Jeppesen has given invaluable support as we progress the evaluation process for approval on its single crew aircraft."

Jane Topliss, bdm, says: "AirMed has managed to attain many firsts during recent years of its operations. Not only is it the only operator of Learjet 35As in the UK, but it is also the only AOC holder to operate Piper Cheyenne II XLs and Piper Cheyenne IIIAs. All of these aircraft are used for intensive care air ambulance flights as well as passenger and cargo charter work. The latest member of our nine-strong fleet is a Learjet 35A which started operating out of the London Oxford base in April 2010. This was a great way to start the 25th anniversary celebrations that AirMed have been engaged in throughout the year."

Steven Morgan, Jeppesen's AirMed account manager, says: "This has been a new and exciting project for Jeppesen to be involved in. We have always seen the potential benefits of the electronic software and it is fantastic to see it being integrated into commercial AOC operations, especially in an operation as specialised as AirMed."

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