Can anyone please point me in the correct direction to find a handheld battery powered a/c loadsheet printer? I've used electronic computer loadsheets for years. I've seen those credit card printers they have at the cafe tables especially in France. Someone once told me you get something similar and program any major jet airliner into it for entering pax/baggage data and getting out a load & trim sheet Thanks for any help.
We use the Canon iP100. It's a normal A4 printer with a battery which lasts about a month or two (as does the black cartridge) It's got a cubby hole which we store it in constantly charging. When we need it it's ready to go.
It's small enough to use on the FD or can be moved into the cabin with a laptop if necessary.
Captain Claret: this sounds like what I'm after; not an A4 size printer. It's something a dispatcher could bring onto the a/c and complete the loadsheet on site as data is finalised. It could also be quickly re-printed as last minute data changed. So much quicker than hand writtgen load-sheets. Please follow it up for me.
Location: In some hotel downroute or in some hotel doing union negotiations.
We just use the ACARS printer, saves another gadget on the flightdeck and we have to enter the figures into the ACARS journeylog application anyway. The newfangled Class III EFB is supposed to interface directly with ACARS so the loadsheet and performance figures will be transferred directly into it from the EFB, no more manual data entry.
Thanks Bloggs & Claret. Enjoy the glass. What I was hoping to find was a single machine for entering the data and printing. I had a senior moment when I thought I remembered something like a Jeppesson Nav computer, which could hold loadsheet data for any a/c. You would enter the data in the relevant fields; it would calculate the trim etc and print out a load sheet, a smaller version of the common A4 one. Am I dreaming, or is this another 'could have been a millionaire' moment? You suggest first a PDA, which we don't have, and perhaps neither does the agent unless our airline buys it for them, and then also a printer. The one shop stop item is what I'm after.