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  1. What is eFlyBook?
  2. What type of content is accessible on my eFlyBook?
  3. What makes the eFlyBook different from other digital document devices available to the General Aviation community?
  4. What makes the eFlyBook different from other digital document devices available to the General Aviation community?
  5. How does eFlyBook compare in price to other systems?
  6. I currently use MyAirplane.com for updates and information and it works well. Will I have access to the same MyAirplane.com information through the eFlyBook subscription service?
  7. How often will I be able to get updated information and charts from the FAA?
  8. Can I print electronic documents and sync the eFlyBook with my desktop computer?
  9. How big is the device? How heavy is the eFlyBook?
  10. How can it be readable under any light condition?
  11. What other features does the eFlyBook have that sets it apart beyond readable e-Docs?

What is eFlyBook?

eFlyBook is a result of integrating the award-winning chart viewing and compression software developed by MyAirplane.com on the new "e-paper" based eReader device developed and manufactured by iRex Technologies of the Netherlands, a spin-off from Royal Philips Electronics. The eFlyBook is a portable electronic device that can display electronic documents glare-free even in direct sunlight on its integrated "electronic paper" technology-based screen. Additionally, the eFlyBook supports stylus-based input to allow users to interact with documents, whether to make annotations or fill-out aviation forms.
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What type of content is accessible on my eFlyBook?

The eFlyBook holds all of the US digitized terminal procedures, the High and Low Altitude Enroute Charts, the complete airport facility directory, the FAR/AIM, and other user-installed documents. Additionally, other subscriptions will be available in the near future to many other types of content, such as newspapers from industry partners of the iRex Technologies company.
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Where can I access information and updates for eFlyBook?

The Aeronautical data and subscriptions are managed by MyAirplane.com. The massive amount of updates generated by the FAA each publication cycle (over 3 Gigabytes on DVD) is converted and compressed in order to be usable on the eFlyBook device. MyAirplane.com will mail each subscriber a CD each cycle that contains a complete updated database. The Desktop PC application provides the tools to copy the CD content to the 512 Megabyte SD memory card that is included with the eFlyBook.
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What makes the eFlyBook different from other digital document devices available to the General Aviation community?

The eFlyBook eDoc viewer is a major advancement in readability as the display is based upon the revolutionary "e-paper" based eReader manufactured by iRex. eFlyBook far exceeds the legibility of Laptops, Tablet Computers and PDAs—whether used in the cockpit or elsewhere. Its matte white display screen closely matches the crisp appearance of black and white paper documents and is readable in the same diverse lighting conditions as paper. The eFlyBook is also less expensive than Laptop or Tablet PC's and can operate much longer without being connected to power due to the "persistent display" technology utilized in the device. (Persistent means that once an image is displayed, power is not required to maintain the image, unlike LCD and CRT technology.)
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How does eFlyBook compare in price to other systems?

Complex answer: Hardware wise, the eFlyBook is much less expensive than Laptops or Tablet PCs. The content or subscription data from other sources may cost as much as 4 times the price of the subscription that is part of the eFlyBook package. Just the traditional paper copies of the data that is provided with eFlyBook would cost over $900 per year.
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I currently use MyAirplane.com for updates and information and it works well. Will I have access to the same MyAirplane.com information through the eFlyBook subscription service?

MyAirplane.com have tailored their products for the eFlyBook and will continue to support their current product line. The same high quality service and support that has been available from MyAirplane.com in the past will apply to eFlyBook customers as well. Subscription data and new products as they are developed in the future will also be available via the MyAirplane.com portal.
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How often will I be able to get updated information and charts from the FAA?

The updated data will be available and shipped to subscribers as it is released by the FAA. As is the custom of MyAirplane.com today with their existing customers, the data is normally received by the customer well before effective dates.
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Can I print electronic documents and sync the eFlyBook with my desktop computer?

The high-performance eFlyBook will also include a powerful Windows-based desktop software application that replicates the look and feel of the eFlyBook device on your PC. This application provides a simple drag+drop content management capability that makes it easy to add your own documents to eFlyBook, as well as allows you to print-out selected pages and documents right from your PC.
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How big is the device? How heavy is the eFlyBook?

The truly portable eFlyBook is easily held in one hand, takes up little room in your flight bag and weighs only 13.7 oz. At 6.1 inches wide x 8.5 inches high x .6 inches deep, it's nearly small enough to fit in your pocket.
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How can it be readable under any light condition?

The eFlyBook display is not the normal LCD or CRT technology that we all are used to. It utilizes "electronic paper" based technology which is a technology enabled by electronic ink—ink that carries a charge allowing it to be updated through electronics. Electronic ink is ideally suited for e-paper displays as it is a reflective technology which requires no front or backlight, is viewable under a wide range of lighting conditions, including direct sunlight, and requires no power to maintain an image.

The eFlyBook display screen technology makes it clearly readable under all light conditions. Measuring 4.8 x 6.4 inches (8.1 inch diagonal), the ultra-thin monochrome display provides 1024 x 768 pixel resolution at 16 levels of gray (160 dpi). The readability is virtually the same as paper. If you can read a newspaper outside in the direct sunlight, you can read a document on eFlyBook. You do need external lighting like a flight red-light in nighttime conditions to read as well. Just like paper maps and charts.
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What other features does the eFlyBook have that sets it apart beyond readable e-Docs?

Besides a readability equivalent to that of paper, the portable, easy-to-use eFlyBook has other key features highly valued in the cockpit. One is a stylus-based data input capability that allows handwritten annotations to documents. Another is the lower power consumption over typical devices like Laptops or Tablet PC's and its lightweight and small size make it much more manageable as well.
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