FARNBOROUGH, England, 18 July 2014. National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has partnered with MyGoFlight to sponsor a national seminar/contest series for pilots making the transition from a paper-based to a paperless cockpit using an Apple iPad tablet computer as an electronic flight bag (EFB).
Sponsors of the EFB Challenge now include NAFI, AOPA, Flying Magazine, IMC Clubs, Lightspeed, and Independence Aviation.
The iPad Takes Flight! EFB Challenge Edition is a seminar/contest series designed to advance the use of iPads and other tablet devices in-flight by pilots. This seminar series builds on the iPad Takes Flight! seminar series produced by MyGoFlight to thousands of pilots over the past three years.
The goal is to help all pilots make a successful transition from a paper to paperless cockpit:
Understand the gotchas, tips and tricks for using the iPad or other tablet in-flight.
Understand the capabilities that go beyond paper chart replacement.
Get more pilots to fly with an EFB to make flying easier, safer, less stressful and more fun.
"I've watched pilots want to go from a paper to paperless cockpit," says NAFI Chairman of the Board Bob Meder. "Getting rid of the paper and getting an iPad is easy. Knowing how to use it to its fullest potential remains a big opportunity. We are going to actively help develop, enhance and deliver these seminars and contests to pilots through our flight instructor membership. Our goal is to help our instructors develop the training materials for a ‘Paper to Paperless Transition’ course and for pilots to become super proficient."
"We are thrilled that NAFI has taken such an interest in this effort," says Charles Schneider, CEO of MyGoFlight. "They know that flight instructors will play a major role in helping pilots see the benefits of using an iPad as an EFB and will help them to safely incorporate their use into the flight deck and in their flying."
The seminar and contests will help pilots make the transition from paper to paperless payoff. Session leaders will go through real-world scenarios to demonstrate what it looks like to have made the transition to a paperless cockpit in a question and answer format. Questions will explore aspects of flight planning, pre-flight and in-flight decisions pilots must make in VFR and IFR situations. Pilots can follow along on their own iPad to learn and test their own skills. Cool prizes supplied by MyGoFlight will be won by session attendees. In addition, pilots can compete to see who is the best-of-the-best. Performance is evaluated based upon the accuracy and efficiency in which the questions were addressed. Winners can advance to regional and eventually a national contest targeted to be held during Oshkosh, 2015.
MyGoFlight, NAFI instructors, and IMC Chapters will deliver local and regional seminars and contests. Flight schools and military and commercial operators are also welcome to deliver seminars and contests. Interested operators should contact Charles Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.364.7400 x111 to discuss access to the seminar and contest materials. Information regarding upcoming seminars and progress of the EFB Contest can be followed on http://www.mygoflight.com/ipad-takes-flight-efb-challenge-edition/ and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/EFBChallenge.
The iPad Takes Flight! EFB Challenge Seminar & Contest will be delivered during Oshkosh 2014. Sessions are currently set for Monday, July 28th & Wednesday, July 30th at 1pm and Friday, August 1st at 10am. All sessions will be held in Forum 6.
MyGoFlight builds iPad gear designed for iPad use in extreme motion and conditions, such as "Cockpit Ready" iPad cases, mounts, flight bags, and accessories that make using the iPad in the cockpit safer, easier, and more convenient.
The National Association of Flight Instructors' members work at flight schools, universities, FBO's, corporate flight departments, in the military, and as independent instructors. NAFI was founded in 1967 and its members, who now teach in 17 countries, are dedicated to raising and maintaining the professionalism of flight instruction. NAFI members influence active pilots daily; pilots training to advance their skills with new ratings or certificates and students working to become pilots. NAFI staff also works with industry and government and serves as a voice for flight instruction. NAFI shapes the direction of flight training.