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.
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.
Rolls-Royce has launched a new mobile technical publications service for the BR725 engine that powers the Gulfstream G650.
Although Francois Lassale, managing director at Vortex FSM, believes iPads are the future for every cockpit, he also thinks implementation of the new products has been rushed since deliveries began three years ago. Therein lies a threat. “I think the FAA and EASA have been caught off guard and simply rushed to catch up,” he said.
Flight operations specialist Francois Lassale brings up a good point in a recent issue of AINSafety, that “the unit’s simplicity means training on the iPad and its use in the cockpit is seldom given much thought.” Lassale is absolutely right, and his views should extend to the use of any device or product that pilots bring into cockpits to help with their flying tasks.
The new iPad mini kneeboard from PilotMall features a hold-flat leg strap and smart cover that automatically wakes up the iPad when opened. The kneeboard’s cradle rotates 360 degrees for easy switching between portrait and landscape modes while allowing full access to all ports and switches. The case also doubles as a desk stand. A suction cup mount is an option and costs $9.99. The new kneeboard sells for $29.99.
An upgrade to Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck iPad app now allows route planning data to be seamlessly transferred between mobile devices and installed avionics. The new route planning solution synchronizes an iPad running Mobile FliteDeck with certified panel-mount avionics through the Aspen Avionics Connected Panel communication network. GPS-derived own-ship position data can also be transferred through the Aspen Avionics gateway to Mobile FliteDeck on an iPad to show positioning on Jeppesen airport diagrams and en route charts.
ARINC anticipates its Connect Communications System (CCS), designed to give current generation capabilities to aircraft equipped with legacy Satcom systems, will be popular in the Middle East. Here the business aviation fleet “is quite dominated by larger aircraft, some former airliners with existing satellite infrastructure that might be relatively old,” said James Hardie, the company’s director, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released a software evaluation report covering the use of Jeppesen apps running on Apple iPad tablet computers and used as electronic flight bags (EFBs). The report outlines a clear path for EASA-based operators to seek approval from their local regulators for use of iPad EFBs with Jeppesen Mobile TC Pro and FliteDeck Pro apps.
Apple unveiled the iPad mini on October 23, and developers of aviation apps are already showing how well their products play on the new device.