The recent FAA rule on cockpit use of personal electronic devices applies only to Part 121 carriers, although the NTSB would like to see the rule extended to cover Part 135 and Part 91K operators. AIN recently surveyed readers for insight into the distractions that challenge them and received 112 responses to our four questions. Nearly 70 percent of respondents told us cockpit and or cabin distractions are definitely an issue.
Houston-based ForeFlight (Booth No. 3603), creator of ForeFlight Mobile iPad app, is here at Heli-Expo showcasing features in the app it claims helicopter pilots “can’t live without.”
These features include subscription-free ADS-B weather; hazard overlays; and a color-coded flight rules feature that provides basic weather conditions information at a glance. The information can be used for pre-flight preparation or en route, when ADS-B IN weather is available or using an inflight Internet connection.
Sikorsky Aircraft launched iFly Sikorsky, its first iPad flight calculator application for the company’s commercial S-92 helicopter platform, here at Heli-Expo 2014. The application replicates common performance calculations described in the S-92 Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) and also has a weight-and-balance calculator.
Lightspeed Aviation (Booth No. 5900) announced that its entry-level Sierra ANR (active noise reduction) headset may now be paired to Lightspeed’s proprietary FlightLink app, offering pilots the ability to capture radio transmissions for playback and archiving.
“Sierra has been our primary vehicle for introducing the benefits of premium ANR headsets to student pilots,” said Teresa De Mers, Lightspeed executive vice president for sales, marketing and support. “The addition of FlightLink to its capabilities adds a new level of utility to its already exceptional comfort and quiet.”
Aviation Performance Systems (APS) has introduced an iPad app designed to allow pilots to make better use of upset recovery training. Loss of control in flight is the leading cause of transport-category aircraft accidents worldwide.
Just in time for the Heli-Expo show, the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) announced an app–I Fly Safe–that will provide helicopter pilots and operators with expert safety information. The app will offer access to a library of the latest safety bulletins, essays, fact sheets and videos, as well as a link to the new www.USHST.org website. I Fly Safe can be used on iPads, iPhones and Android phones and will be available from the Apple Store on February 24.
Radenna is taking orders for its newest dual-band ADS-B receiver, which also contains attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) sensors. The new SkyRadar DX retails for $899, but Radenna is selling the first 50 for $649. Deliveries begin on March 20. The SkyRadar-DX works on both ADS-B in frequencies, 1090 and 978 MHz, so it can receive traffic information from both bands and free weather information on 978 MHz.
FltPlan.com’s free FltPlan Go iPad app, available at the Apple App Store, was formally released last week. The new app uses the same flight-planning data in the app or on the company’s website.
“Since the service was born on the web, FltPlan’s servers save all flight-planning information and user documents,” said company president Ken Wilson. “Should a pilot’s mobile device, including an iPad, become unavailable, the pilot is just one Internet connection away from his data.”
TAG Aviation introduced paperless cockpits throughout its aircraft fleet in Geneva, following approval by Switzerland’s Federal Office for Civil Aviation. The company equipped crews across its managed fleet with Class 1 iPad-based electronic flight bags that will replace hundreds of pages of documents. Its iPads are loaded with Vistair DocuNet, which allows crews to download and read operational flight-deck documents, and the Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck e-chart application.
Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) has flown its flyTab Dual Class 2 iPad EFB system on a Nav Canada flight inspection Bombardier CRJ200. The flight-testing, which lasted about eight hours, is part of an approved model list supplemental type certification program that will cover a variety of fixed-wing and rotorcraft models under FAA, Transport Canada and EASA regulations.