Royal Air Force Selects Boeing to Optimise Air Transport Fleet
- New contract will give the Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Transport fleet access to Boeing’s integrated suite of digital flight planning, performance and management tools.
- Use of smart technology will further enhance flight efficiencies as RAF aircraft undertake strategic airlift operations at home and overseas.
- C-17 Globemaster, C-130J Hercules and A400M Atlas will join the A330 Voyager fleet and Red Arrows already using Boeing’s platform-agnostic digital tools.
Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), RAF Fairford, July 15, 2022 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] will support the RAF’s Air Transport Fleet under a new contract award that provides access to its suite of integrated digital tools to optimise flight operations and reduce fuel consumption, as the RAF moves ever closer to its vision of a “paperless cockpit.”
Crews that operate the C-17 Globemaster, C-130J Hercules and A400M Atlas will have access to the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) hosted on MODNet iPads commonly used by the RAF’s Air Mobility Force. On the devices will be Boeing’s Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro X application, which provides worldwide coverage of navigational and airport charts, manuals and documents needed for paperless flying.
The data driven software includes interactive aeronautical charts to increase situational awareness when arriving or taxiing at new or unfamiliar locations and enhance decision-making on the most efficient approach or departure. It will also include access to the Jeppesen worldwide airport terminal chart library, which contains the world’s most comprehensive source of aeronautical navigation information.
The new capability will also allow both ground operations and air crews to import data through a bespoke Ground Controls web-based application, which means all flight information can be accessed simultaneously, in the air and on the ground, in support of forward mounting operations. Crew briefing materials and the Aviator modules will also be available, which will enable digital synchronisation between Jeppesen applications.
The Air Tanker fleet, providing the RAF’s Air-to-Air Refuelling and Strategic Airlift capability, is also using FliteDeck Pro X. With the C-17 Globemaster, C-130J Hercules and A400M Atlas coming online, this will see all strategic airlift operations at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire underpinned by a digital-first approach. The Red Arrows were also early adopters of the smart technology, and are using it to enhance the safety and expertise of their global displays.
“Our mission is to optimise the performance of aircraft throughout their life cycle so as to help our customers reduce their operating and maintenance costs. Boeing digital solutions are the gateway to achieving overall aircraft flight efficiency,” said Steve Dowell, managing director of Boeing Digital Solutions for the UK. “It’s great to see Boeing’s suite of digital solutions deployed across the entire RAF Air Transport fleet, helping the RAF prepare for, and execute, defence missions even during the most demanding flying conditions.”
With over 40 years in the UK and now located at Boeing’s hub in Crawley, Jeppesen provides advanced flight information solutions and computerised flight planning software for the global aviation community, serving the needs of pilots and flight departments all over the world. In 2021, Jeppesen and Boeing digital solutions was named one of the Top 10 Aviation Solutions in Europe for the groundbreaking contribution it has made to improve air operations around the globe.
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