Boeing launched a suite of iPad apps last week directed at airline maintenance providers. The aircraft manufacturer spent more than a year developing the apps with American, Alaska and United, with the goal of delivering necessary aircraft information to maintenance technicians more quickly.
Pentastar Aviation’s new Class 1 iPad mount is a simple and effective way to secure an iPad for cockpit use. The new mount is made of a thick piece of injection-molded plastic, topped by simple one-turn locking cams that hold the iPad firmly and safely. The mount attaches to a smooth, flat surface such as a window with a large suction cup.
Gulfstream Aerospace launched an iPhone- and iPad-compatible application that provides customers with access to its worldwide product support network. The 24-hour support app serves as a source for direct access to Gulfstream technical operations, 19 company-owned and -authorized service centers, 13 company-authorized warranty facilities, 43 field service representatives, spare part sales and other key contacts. The app includes phone and fax numbers, email addresses, location information and operating hours.
In accordance with the NBAA bylaws, the nominating committee has proposed five people for election to the board of directors at the next annual meeting of the association, to be held on October 23 in Las Vegas. Paul Anderson of UTFlight, David Everitt of Harsco and Douglas Schwartz of ConocoPhillips were nominated for re-election to the board, each for a three-year term. Leslie Kenne of Oshkosh Corp. and Richard Walsh of Hewlett-Packard were nominated for initial election to the board, also for three-year terms.
Sennheiser introduced its new S1 NoiseGard headset at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, completing the S1 model lineup, which includes the ANR S1 Digital introduced two years ago and the S1 Passive released last year. The three headsets share design features and, said Sennheiser’s Christian Pulm, “as demand changes, there’s an S1 for every scenario.”
MyGoFlight has solved a vexing problem for iPad users: how to present the information on the iPad’s screen in a way that the pilot can best view that information. The new MyGoFlight Sight Line Display (SLD), introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is a separate display that can be mounted on a glareshield, while the iPad that feeds the SLD is located on a kneeboard or somewhere where it doesn’t get in the way. This also solves the problem of overheating iPads, which can shut down if kept in direct sunlight or warm areas. The SLD operates from zero to 140 degrees F.
Lightspeed Aviation unveiled its top-of-the-line headset, the Zulu PFX, yesterday at EAA AirVenture. The headset retails for $1,100 and offers enhanced dynamic active noise reduction technology over the company’s Zulu.2, in a slimmer and lighter package. It also features an enhanced version of the company’s FlightLink software, which allows streaming audio through a free iOS app. The company expects to begin Zulu PFX deliveries in September.
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).
Sennheiser’s updated active noise cancellation HMEC 26-2 headset adds comfort, noise protection and a higher sound pressure level to the HMEC 26. To improve the fit for a wider variety of pilots, Sennheiser redesigned the two-piece automatic headband so it can be opened another 20 degrees. Restricting folding of the ear cups to a 45-degree angle improves wearing stability. The microphone boom is made of a new steel that remains in the set position more securely, according to Sennheiser.
According to Teledyne Controls, its new enhanced Airborne Data Loader technology is “dramatically reducing” operating costs of Boeing 737NGs flown by low cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle. Savings of up to $11,700 per month for the fleet of 42 aircraft are being realized, simply because of the time saved by engineers loading navigational data into avionics databases.