Organizations may seem to be heading toward the same place in their mobility journey, but the paths to get there have become more difficult to navigate.
Any federal agency operating an air fleet — from the Department of Defense to the National Park Service, Department of Agriculture and beyond — needs secure and easy access to flight calculations, weight and balance, navigational charting and aircraft maintenance and other data to inform flight operations. But digitizing these assets in the form of electronic flight bags (EFBs) and electronic kneeboards (EKBs) is just the start of how mobility can improve workflow in and around the cockpit.
Mobile tools can enable powerful data capture and management capabilities that deliver richer insights that drive faster decision making, maximize operational efficiencies and enhance overall mission performance. Secure, reliable, lightweight and customizable handheld solutions designed to meet the rigors and requirements of federal aviation are critical in this type of environment.
Tablets including the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab A, tailored to aircrew needs, can optimize EFB and EKB applications and ultimately mission performance. Here’s how Samsung tablets enable federal aviation crews:
1. Gain access to flight and operational information
Samsung tablets help digitize paper flight pubs, maps and other documents that often become obsolete the minute they’re printed. Tablets can support cockpit applications that can be paired with aviation systems, such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), to allow aircrew to receive weather updates, as well as view digital search charts, handbooks and manuals. For example, access to information such as GPS data can be beneficial to aviators operating on the ground, especially in weather conditions such as fog.
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2. Securely communicate mission-critical data
EKB and EFB-enabled Samsung tablets are secured with the Samsung Knox defense-grade mobile security platform. This capability allows the tablets to meet FIPS140-2 and on-device encryption requirements so aviators operate quickly and confidently knowing access to various crew portals, operational and mission data and documentation is assured, while remaining protected from unauthorized users.
3. Boost Efficiency and Productivity
Outfitted with applications, mounts and docking stations, Samsung tablets enable users to more quickly access information to enhance the overall workflow. With information available in a digital format, aircrew can multitask by toggling between multiple manuals and references in order to quickly get the answers they need to enhance mission performance.
4. Operate in any environment
Samsung’s suite of tablet solutions provides the storage, processing power and battery life and charging capabilities needed by airmen who rely on their mobile devices for reliable connectivity, no matter where the mission takes them. Additionally, the Galaxy Tab Active2 is ruggedized to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP68 specifications for temperature, pressure and operational standards even in the harshest aircraft or flight line environments where users may encounter rain, dust, humidity, vibration and more.
5. Save time and money
Using Samsung tablets with EFB applications, flight crews can modernize the cockpit by providing mobile access to information and update charts, approach plates, pilot operation handbook and procedures, ensuring better information flow and streamlining operational efficiencies. Although paper may never be fully eliminated, digitizing certain tools and applications in the cockpit has the potential to deliver significant cost savings. To put the potential into perspective, the Air Force found that removing 120 pounds of paper from large cargo and refueling aircraft can save approximately $780,000 per year in fuel, and $3.7 million in printing and distribution costs.