Incorporation of tablet devices as EFBs has accelerated within the aviation industry largely due to portability and cost saving benefits. Microsoft is already working to bring together a device, partner accessories and app that could advance this kind of solution for commercial airlines, by creating a connected EFB – allowing pilots to receive real-time information while in-flight. There is great interest from commercial airlines in this kind of connected EFB solution. Today, Microsoft announced that Surface Pro 3 has achieved device qualification for FAA and EASA authorization.
Today, we’re announcing that Surface Pro 3 has qualified for authorization for use as an EFB during all phases of flight, as defined by both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Through this assessment process, Surface Pro 3 completed rigorous environmental and situational tests, satisfying a lengthy and important part of the FAA authorization process. Now, when airlines look to select the feature-rich Surface Pro 3 for their EFB initiatives, deployment timelines will be significantly decreased, and the device itself may be used to its full computing potential, versus serving just as a simple document reader
Also Microsoft is working to provide the airline industry with added capability to complete the connected EFB scenario.
Source: Surface blog