Electronic flight bag maker helps helicopter operators increase safety and efficiency.

When Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT) of North Island, New Zealand, needed a multifunctional electronic flight bag (EFB) with app, Web, and cloud capabilities, the air medical operator turned to HeliEFB. The Berlin, Germany–based software company’s comprehensive EFB, designed specifically for helicopters, was an ideal fit for PSRT missions because of its wide range of features and compatibility with iPad, Web, and cloud functions.

Pilots can use the HeliEFB app’s mission-log module to record flight information, including routes and waypoints, flight and block times, types of operations, landings, approaches, hoist cycles, engine cycles, refueling sites, fuel checks, and more. In addition, crews can supplement the module with mission-specific information and documentation.

HeliEFB also provides integrated e-signature capability for a swift, secure, and compliant means for crews to sign their flight logs.

Flight Planning Designed for Helicopters
Using HeliEFB, operators can plan their flights with user waypoints, coordinates, or custom fuel reserves and add stationary or other special operations such as search-and-rescue pattern, hoist, or external-load operations; rappelling; hot refueling, and more. The app allows operators to add their own waypoints, including helipads, landing zones, hospitals, hoist areas, offshore platforms, and refueling points. In addition, operators can link documents such as helipad plates to user waypoints and access them directly on the map. HeliEFB also records comprehensive-load, weight-and-balance, and performance data for each leg of the flight.

Operators can access current meteorological aerodrome reports (METARs), terminal area forecast, surface synoptic observation, and NOTAM data directly on the app’s map for accurate flight planning. Users can also adjust the color scheme for ceiling and visibility to depict their own weather minimums.

Rapid Risk Assessments
With the HeliEFB app, users can create their own risk assessments for any mission type, including custom risk items, risk scores, and risk ranges. Each risk item can be modified to reflect the user’s own standard operating procedures to enable flight crews to make sound aeronautical decisions efficiently.

An assortment of price points is designed to make the HeliEFB app affordable to almost any operator, with levels ranging from a basic plan that comprises weight and balance, performance, and Quick Plan features to the complete plan, which adds four more capabilities, including flight risk assessment, flight planning, and flight logging.

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Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.