SkyWest Airlines deploys Surface 3 devices for 7,500 pilots

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 02 October 2015
SkyWest Airlines deploys Surface 3 devices for 7,500 pilots

SkyWest Airlines has joined the list of organisations to deploy Surface 3 devices running the Windows 10 operating system.

The company’s ExpressJet Airlines and SkyWest Airlines subsidiaries will be deploying Surface 3 devices to replace its paper-based flight kits and aircraft operating and reference manuals for its 7,500 pilots.

SkyWest is committed to standardising its Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) for  ExpressJet and SkyWest pilots, and Surface 3 devices are portable and powerful while offering simplified management and security via Intune.

“The Surface 3 EFBs have been great for our pilot group,” said Brad Sheehan, vice president of Flight Operations, ExpressJet Airlines “They’re easier to use than paper charts, provide up-to-date information and offer other tools that support our operation. I use it at home, too, which is a great perk and lets me get things done between flights.”

The Surface 3 has been a popular choice within the commercial aviation industry. SkyWest Airlines joins the likes of Brussels Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates and Lufthansa in adopting Surface 3 to improve processes and enhance the capabilities of its staff.

“Windows 10 on Surface 3 provides the security and management we need in a highly regulated environment,” said Jim Jensen, vice president of Information Technology at SkyWest. “We made the decision early to use Windows 10 and deploy it immediately. Today, it is the most secure platform from Microsoft and we didn’t see a need to wait.”

The Surface 3 has also now pre-qualified for airlines to seek authorisation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for use as an EFB during all phases of flight. This follows an evaluation process that saw the Surface 3 complete environmental and situational testing.

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