The FAA last week published guidelines detailing the prohibition of personal electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablet computers, on the flight decks of Part 121 aircraft when the aircraft is in operation, unless those devices have been specifically approved for flight.
Ingenio Aerospace of Montreal and Texas-based DAC International are introducing at EBACE 2014 a number of Ingenio’s “Smart Solutions” products. The Ingenio devices are designed to help aircraft manufacturers and interior refurbishment and completion centers deal with the rapid pace of smart-device technological change.
The suite of products–Smart Cabin Arm, Smart Cockpit Arm and Smartphone Holder–accommodates different formats and supports tablets, electronic flight bags, smartphones and MP3 players.
EBACE attendees are invited to bring their mobile devices to the UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) stand (3829) for a live demonstration of the company’s tablet interface module (TIM). The demo emulates a real flight by piping in simulated flight data through the TIM, which is mounted both in a UTC VIP seat and in a typical flight deck configuration. Visitors can plug their mobile device into the TIM’s USB interface to see how their apps display the live flight data and also stick around for a free battery top-off courtesy of UTAS.
AIN recently launched its updated news app, which is now available for all Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets. The app, previously available only for the iPhone, provides a real-time feed of all aviation news published online by AIN. It also includes exhibitor lists, exhibit hall/static display maps and other information at the airshows and business aviation events where AIN publishes daily print issues.
Three more companies have joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s dealer network for the installation and certification of LiveAero Broadband satcom systems. They are West Star Aviation, with facilities in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill. and Columbia, S.C.; Pro Star Aviation, with a facility in Londonderry, N.H., and Aviation Partners Group, with shops in Punta Gorda, Fla., Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine.
Ingenio Aerospace introduced a series of products designed to help aircraft manufacturers and interior refurb and completion centers deal with the rapid pace of smart-device technological change. Ingenio’s solution replaces in-cabin connectors with a USB-based receptacle into which various smartphone or tablet arms can be attached. The arms, which can handle as much as 250 pounds, include internal wiring for device charging. Devices fit into an Ingenio SmartPlate, which holds the smartphone or tablet securely and also contains the connector that fits the device.
Jet Support Services, which provides hourly cost aircraft maintenance programs, has begun a new phase of improvements to its customer portal, MyJSSI. Enhancements include simplified navigation, a cleaner submit flight hours page, better contacts integration and a new minimum flight hours calculator. JSSI customers can access MyJSSI from their computers, or through an app on their tablets and smartphones.
Making its first standalone appearance at an international airshow here in Singapore, software giant Microsoft (Booth E63) will promote a variety of software and hardware solutions for airline passengers, staff and pilots.
“The key for us and the reason why we’re engaging at the airshow is because we’ve been doing a lot of work over the past few years in the airline space and we see airlines as a tremendous opportunity for Microsoft,” said Matthew Muta, the company’s global managing director for hospitality and travel.
FltPlan introduced a free electronic checklist integrated with a pilot’s flight-planning account. It makes completing the checklist easier by ensuring that no step is accidentally missed. Checklists can also be transferred to other tail numbers, shared with other pilots and printed out. The new FltPlan checklist program provides customers with a template checklist for a specific aircraft that can be customized for their specific needs either by adding new categories or eliminating specific pre-loaded ones. Users can look at the checklist on their tablets or smartphones.
Heads Up Technologies announced an agreement with digital media content management provider Red Touch Media that allows Heads Up customers to access its media library through the new Heads Up Lumin fiber-optic cabin management (CMS) system and wireless media server.
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