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Surface 2 Tablets Get FAA Approval for Electronic Flight Bags

Excerpt from Surface Blog

Feb 11, 2014 11:00 am

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What’s all this fuss about iPads? In September, Delta Air Lines agreed to purchase 11,000 Surface 2 tablets for electronic flight bags, and the FAA approval of the Surface 2 tablets speeds things along.

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Members of the media take pictures of Surface 2 tablets during the launch of the Microsoft Surface 2 tablets in New York September 23, 2013. Shannon Stapleton / Reuters


Given the growing interest among airline operators to adopt mobile technology as a means to simplify day-to-day business operations, the Surface team has been working hard to make it easier for these airlines to modernize.

Microsoft is happy to share that Surface 2 tablets have achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization for Class 1 or 2 Electronic Flight Bag needs for all phases of flight… While airlines are still obligated to define their specific use requirements with the FAA and request specific device approval, our completion of these tests for Surface 2 satisfies a lengthy and important part of that authorization process.

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