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Boeing electronic flight bag
Author(s): Eddie J. Trujillo; Steven D. Ellersick
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Paper Abstract

The Boeing Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) is a key element in the evolutionary process of an "e-enabled" flight deck. The EFB is designed to improve the overall safety, efficiency, and operation of the flight deck and corresponding airline operations by providing the flight crew with better information and enhanced functionality in a user-friendly digital format. The EFB is intended to increase the pilots' situational awareness of the airplane and systems, as well as improve the efficiency of information management. The system will replace documents and forms that are currently stored or carried onto the flight deck and put them, in digital format, at the crew's fingertips. This paper describes what the Boeing EFB is and the significant human factors and interface design issues, trade-offs, and decisions made during development of the display system. In addition, EFB formats, graphics, input control methods, challenges using COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf)-leveraged glass and formatting technology are discussed. The optical design requirements, display technology utilized, brightness control system, reflection challenge, and the resulting optical performance are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6225, Defense, Security, Cockpit, and Future Displays II, 622509 (22 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668391
Show Author Affiliations
Eddie J. Trujillo, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Steven D. Ellersick, The Boeing Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6225:
Defense, Security, Cockpit, and Future Displays II
Eric W. Forsythe; James C. Byrd; Henry J. Girolamo; Daniel D. Desjardins, Editor(s)

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