Rockwell Collins unveiled new customizable features for its Airshow 3-D moving-map app for the Apple iPad, including the ability to add company logos and customized place names, as well as access high-resolution city maps. In addition, text in the app can be displayed in up to six languages. The new features are available now through the Apple iTunes App Store as a first-time download or as an Airshow Moving Map app update.
Rockwell Collins is offering customizable features for its Airshow 3-D moving map for the Apple iPad. “Now users can tailor their experience by adding company logos, customizing place names, selecting up to six languages and accessing high-resolution city maps,” said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager of flight information solutions, cabin and electromechanical systems for Rockwell Collins. The new features are available through the Apple iTunes App store.
TAG Aviation (UK) has become the first UK operator to receive CAA authorization to use Apple iPads as Class 1 electronic flight bags. TAG pilots are replacing paper documents and charts with iPad apps such as Vistair DocuNet (a document management and distribution program) and Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck (terminal charts and other aeronautical documents). TAG Aviation is planning to seek regulatory approval for paperless cockpits in other countries where it holds air operator certificates, including Switzerland, Spain, UAE (Bahrain) and China (Hong Kong).
Dassault Falcon is offering a new app for mobile and tablet users. The Falcon Customer Service app offers instant touch-call features for AOG hotlines, the technical center, spares and field service. The app also helps operators locate service centers and Falcon pilot contacts.
Wireless loading of avionics data is coming to Honeywell’s Primus Apex and Epic avionics suites, beginning with the Pilatus PC-12 NG. For the PC-12 NG the new wireless data loading system requires installation of an Aspen Avionics CG100P connected gateway device. In aircraft equipped with Epic avionics, hardware upgrades built into the aircraft’s avionics will facilitate wireless data loading, but a common interface for all Honeywell avionics suites will be a database loading application installed on Apple’s iPad.
With the new Xplore system Arinc Direct is jumping into the market for small portable Iridium-powered onboard communications devices that use Apple’s iPad as the control/display unit for cockpit and cabin data services.
Xplore is a small box, two inches thick and no larger than an iPad, that users will carry onto the aircraft, thus no installation of an avionics unit is required. Xplore needs to be attached to power and to an external dual Iridium/GPS antenna to enable communication with Iridium satellites.
West Star Aviation recently launched a new and improved version of its Experience-on-Call app. Specifically designed for iPhone and iPad users, the free app can be downloaded from the iTunes store. The app was designed to provide direct contact to a full directory of professionals at West Star, wherever assistance is required. It allows users to select and directly contact the West Star team member who best fits their needs, based on aircraft type, service needed and location.
The Banyan Pilot Shop announced a “June is Father’s Day All Month Long” promotion that includes an online aviation-oriented Father’s Day gift guide and a chance to win a $250 Banyan Pilot Shop gift card. The gift guide includes the shop’s most popular items, such as flight bags, watches, iPad kneeboards and aviation apparel. Visitors can enter the drawing for the gift card in person at the shop, which is adjacent to Banyan’s FBO at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, or online. The drawing will be held on July 1.
Sweden’s Braathens Regional has received a trial approval from the Swedish Airworthiness Authority for an electronic flight bag (EFB) Class 2 system based on the iPad, the airline announced in late April.
Braathens has equipped each of its 140 pilots with an iPad as part of the EFB system and has begun modifying its fleet of 17 Saab 340s, Saab 2000s and ATR 72s with power supplies to allow both pilots to use their iPad during all phases of flight.
Business jet operators needing FAA approval to use Apple’s iPad running the ForeFlight mobile app can now sign up for Sporty’s Easy Approval system. For $799, the Sporty’s team will help jet operators governed by Part 91F, 91K or 135 gain FAA approval to use ForeFlight on an iPad as an electronic flight bag (EFB). Included in the price are documentation, training, iPad testing and operational guidance. The training includes Sporty’s “Flying with ForeFlight” video.