Digital Flight Bag

Digital Flight Bag

As defensive competence is crucial to a country’s security, the defense industry is an ever evolving world of technological innovation. As the largest distribution of budgets towards innovation go to weapon advancement programs, the field of information technology can sometimes lag behind.

It was as such no surprise to find out that fighter pilots the world over still used physical, paper-back emergency scripts within their cockpits. In case of a system failure, a pilot had to consult a near 500-page handbook with countless scenarios. One such pilot approached Headcandy in 2014 with the novel idea to digitalize this handbook. 

This, of course, was a challenge Headcandy would gladly take. Over the next months we explored the engaging world of military fighter jets including simulated test flights at one of the few Dutch military airbases as well as research into rugged tablet devices that would sustain the extreme circumstances of air combat. 

The result is a Windows 8 powered touch application with a modern intuitive design that could potentially replace its paper predecessors completely and, with a measured efficiency increase of 75%, even save lives.