Lufthansa Technik’s Innovation Business Unit has begun production deliveries of its nice HD CMS/IFE (cabin management and in-flight entertainment) system for the new Learjet 70 and 75. It features personal HD video at most seat locations via seven-inch pop-up HD displays. The pop-ups have an ultra-thin, small and lightweight design. The system includes a number of media interfaces–USB, Apple and HDMI–that will enable encoding and streaming on the Ethernet network simply by connecting personal devices to the system to watch and listen.
Jeppesen recently released Mobile FliteDeck version 2.0 for the iPad, including the recently introduced fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini. In addition, it rolled out flexible pricing options for four U.S.-based JeppView data subscriptions based on two or four device installs. A JeppView data subscription is necessary to use Mobile FliteDeck on the iPad.
While head-up guidance (HGS) capability has been around for nearly two decades, most pilots have never seen the system up close, much less flown with it. One of the iPad apps unveiled at this year’s NBAA convention was a demonstration of the Rockwell Collins HGS. The app doubles as a challenging video game designed to reinforce the basics of the HGS system.
At this year’s NBAA convention in Orlando, new cabin technology was holding court, eliciting a chuckle from a day-one visitor who remarked, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, “This stuff will probably be outdated by the time the show ends.”
EASA has released a software evaluation report covering the use of Jeppesen apps running on Apple iPads used as electronic flight bags (EFBs). The report outlines a clear path for operators based in EASA’s jurisdiction to seek approval from local regulators for use of iPad EFBs with Jeppesen Mobile TC Pro and FliteDeck Pro apps.
Jet Aviation St. Louis is offering an iPad and iPhone app for interior and exterior finishing projects that includes libraries of fabrics, veneers, carpets and other interior items, along with cabin views of Challengers, Falcons, Globals and Gulfstreams. When an interior component such as a chair or sidewall is selected, a corresponding library of materials appears. Touching the fabric, wood or carpet applies it to the surface selected. The app also contains exterior side views featuring a variety of paint schemes, from simple stripes to more complex designs.
Apple’s iPad mini is likely poised to become the backup cockpit chart display device of choice for pilots, according to some aviation iOS app developers. The mini’s 7.9-inch (diagonal) screen is smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad, but the device contains the same A5 processor as the iPad 2 and tips the scales at less than half the iPad 2’s 1.5 pounds. Jeppesen has already concluded decompression testing of the newest iPad (fourth generation) and the mini, both of which started shipping earlier this week.
There are two new iPad apps for the complex world of international flying, released by Scott International Procedures Training. They’re both designed to help pilots keep relevant bits of necessary information close at hand in the cockpit without paper. The first app is Scott’s International Cockpit Reference Handbook, traditionally a spiral-bound text designed for rapid recall of important topics such as special oceanic flight operations, SOPs by phase of flight for oceanic crossings, normal and contingency operating procedures for oceanic and U.S.
Advanced Aircrew Academy (Booth 4493) has announced a new online course for flight crew use of iPads and electronic flight bags (EFBs) covering hardware orientation, charging procedures, widely used apps for in-flight use and human factors considerations. NBAA convention attendees can learn more about this and other training available for in-cockpit use of iPads at the Aircraft and Flight Operations training seminar, “Training Solutions for Flight Deck iPad Implementation” at 2:30-4 pm today in room S310EF.
While most of the aircraft builders at NBAA build their products out of tons of aluminum or increasingly carbon fiber, one new exhibitor here builds them out of thin air. 3DVisualization Service is demonstrating its technology (Booth no. 2885), which allows customers to create a virtual aircraft and enables people to actually walk through it, long before the first metal is ever cut.