SunExpress Germany (SXD) started their A330 operation in 2015. Within six months time from decision to operate this fleet and the maiden flight, a complete EFB Class II System had to be installed, certified and trained. Most providers would deem it impossible to get an EFB Class II operation going, starting from scratch, in such a short time. Jens Technau, A330 EFB Project Lead by that time, chose NavAero mounts and UAID`s (universal AID), and Airbus FlySmart as Software suite. During testing it became clear that a number of vital features of FlySmart where either missing or are non-functional. For example the FlySmart updating mechanism is not suitable for an internet-based updating, and it takes way too long to extract large loads. Therefore Jens wrote his own Java-based updater, which functions as a FlySmart-Module, which bypasses the FlySmart-Updating, extracts and processes Fight Tracks, logs all updating activity on a DMS, checks, downloads, extracts LIDO eRM updates, feeds Windows Defender with current Virus definitions, performs hardware checks, distributes individual messages to Pilots, and lots of other useful items. This module is now available as Cockpit-IT LPC-NG Load and is adaptable to different setups. Being shipped and installed as LPC-NG Module, its installation does not require any manual IT-action.
The FlySmart-own Document viewer, capable of displaying only Airbus`own XML-based document format, was replaced by a new LibraryViewer, which is capable of displaying almost every format available. It tracks changes, logs the lifecycle of all documents and detects if a document has been opened and thereby confirmed by each pilot. The LIDO eRM - installation has been divided from the original FlySmart - Integration. The complete eRM Installation, as well as the complete FlySmart-Installation is under control of the updater and can be modified anytime.
The Operating System (Wndows 10) has been modified in such a way that all windows updates are under control of the updater. To simplify the image distribution, we created a custom OS backup and creation tool.
Augsburg Airways introduced a Linux-based EFB Class I System in 2007 for their Bombardier Dash 8 - 400 Fleet, and a Windows-XP-based EFB Class II - System on their Embraer ERJ190 - Fleet. The Dash-8-EFB was completely developed from scratch by Jens using Java and JEE technology. All used software was free software: Java, Linux, mySQL, jBoss, OpenOffice, LateX, Perl and others. Ubuntu Linux was used as Linux distribution. The AC Performance Software used RPC (Runway Performance Charts) to look up performance values. The back-end was realized as EJB`s running on an application server, connected by EFB Devices and office PC`s running Java-Clients. Dell provided their Latitude Notebooks without installed OS.
The Embraer Fleet used Goodrich Docking Stations and Displays. We chose Toshiba Laptops with Windows XP as basis. Linux was not usable due to the fact that LIDO eRM, although being a Java-Application did not run on Linux.
In 2003 Contact Air operated an ATR 42/72 Fleet, and introduced their first EFB-System, a Linux-based Class-I EFB initially running on Toshiba Notebooks, later changed to Dell. The complete software stack was developed by Jens Technau, using Java and a locally running Apache Server. Performance Calculation was done by look-up to Runway Performance Charts (RPC). The Operating system was a modified Suse Linux Distribution, later changed to Ubuntu.
Danish Air Transport uses their own Airbus FlySmart updater on the basis of our updater to overcome the limitations of the original FlySmart updating mechanism. DAT uses Airbus FlySmart Performance Software together with AvioBook Software.
Both companies, Cockpit-IT and Aircore Systems, contracted each other many times to share developer resources to manage the production of complete EFB-Systems