Astronics has showcased the latest version of its webFB Aircraft Interface Device (AID), which includes an extended Wi-Fi range to wirelessly connect to cabin IFEC systems, enabling real-time data collection and transfer to the ground.

By connecting the webFB AID to the cabin IFEC system, airlines can benefit from automated post-flight data transfer eliminating costly and latent manual data collection. Real-time transmission of aircraft data to enable in-flight reporting of monitored condition, and on-board document storage to provide ready backups of Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) content.

According to Astronics, ultra-compact and easy to install, this ‘smart’ AID acts as a server and a router to provide a cost-effective AID solution without the need for aircraft mods.

“Based on customer feedback, we have enhanced our successful webFB product line to provide a larger reach into the market. Our new webFB Extended Range models go beyond traditional EFB connectivity to now expand into IFEC data connectivity, which will help airlines realise operational savings through the use of real-time aircraft data,” said Jon Neal, president of Astronics Ballard Technology.

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