Jeppesen has begun development of FliteDeck Pro (for commercial operators) for Microsoft’s Windows 8/Surface tablet. Delta Air Lines is the launch customer and plans to equip its 11,000 pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablet computers as electronic flight bags, with Boeing 757 and 767 pilots scheduled to receive their units later this year and the rest next year. The Surface 2 tablets will run Jeppesen’s FliteDeck Pro and will be used for document viewing and checklists, replacing 38 pounds of paper per airplane and saving Delta $13 million a year in fuel and associated costs.
Elliott Aviation is pursuing STCs for Aircell’s new ATG 2000 broadband system in the Hawker 800/850/900, Phenom 300, King Air 350 and King Air B200/B200GT. It hopes to have the approval in hand by next year’s first quarter. The Aircell ATG 2000 is a cabin broadband wireless system aimed at midsize and light jets and turboprops. It allows passengers to connect to the Internet on their laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Greenwich AeroGroup (Stand 5013) has announced that it is forming a dealer network for the sales, installation and certification of the LiveAero broadband airborne connectivity system for fixed-wing airplanes and rotorcraft. Based upon the Iridium OpenPort broadband technology, the system–developed by Florida-based LiveTV–works anywhere in the world and provides a WiFi-enabled bidirectional data speed of 134 kbps.
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.
Jeppesen introduced the aviation industry’s first integrated navigation data service (INDS) iPad solution, which allows for a direct connection–via Wi-Fi–between the Apple tablet and an aircraft’s avionics system. First available for the Pilatus PC-12 NG, the iPad app will manage cloud-based, wireless data updates for installed Honeywell Primus Apex avionics that are paired with the Aspen Avionics CG-100 Connected Panel. The new INDS iPad app is expected to be available this summer.
An announcement made this week by cabin equipment manufacturer Vision Systems hints that Eurocopter will unveil a VIP variant of the EC175 medium twin at EBACE, which opens on Tuesday in Geneva. Vision Systems said it provided a Wi-Fi network, a tablet application, ceiling displays for movies and electronically dimming windows–all integrated in a cabin management system–for the EC175 that will be displayed at Eurocopter’s EBACE booth.
DAC International is showcasing its GDC64 tablet-to-aircraft interface unit (TAIU) at the RAA convention. On May 6, the FAA granted parts manufacturer approval for the device, which feeds aircraft data to an iPad without the need for additional, costly WiFi equipment.
Deohako’s iPad mounting system offers a solid and secure method of protecting and attaching iPads in the cockpit. But the Austin, Texas-based company’s iPad mini product needs some refinements to make it more suitable for cockpits.
Flying with iOS and Android moving-map and flight-planning apps has become common in cockpits worldwide, and Sporty’s Pilot Shop vice president of product development John Zimmerman knows firsthand that even with an intuitive touchscreen interface, flying apps can be complicated. That’s why Sporty’s announced during Sun ’n Fun 2013 that it has developed training courses to teach pilots the intricacies and the tricks for flying with tablets.
DAC International received an STC for the installation of DAC’s GDC64 tablet aircraft interface unit on the Bombardier Learjet 60. The interface device, which does not require Wi-Fi, feeds data from aircraft sensors and systems to tablets enabling a wide range of incremental functionality for the flight crew. The iPad or tablet plugs into connectors located in the cockpit to get data and power during flight. DAC also recently received European approval for the GDC64 on the Bombardier Dash-8.