Avionics Report

April 2010 Issue

Tablet-Based EFBs: ChartCase Wins by a Nose

What constitutes “best” really depends on how you plan to use the EFB. Power users will prefer the Voyager Skypad, but we like simplicity in the cockpit.

We get a steady stream of requests for reviews of electronic flight bags (EFBs). In theory, they make sense: all your charts and approach plates in one place and geo-referenced so you can see your exact position, up-to-date airport information at your fingertips and a pre-flight planning tool that becomes the in-flight resource without reentering information. In practice, we’re in a Dickensian "best of times, worst of times" state where the technology is marginally up to the task and no one has quite nailed the software. All three of the solutions we tested for this article get the job done—approach charts, sectionals, airport information, XM weather, a moving map GPS—it’s all there. All have touch-sensitive screens (that work with gloves on). All are available as ready-to-fly solutions and meet the FAA’s requirements as Class 1 or 2 EFBs.

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