Arinc Direct is stepping up the development of its iPad flight-planning application in support of business aircraft operators eager to eliminate paper in the cockpit. One recent enhancement that has eased approval for the app as an alternative to more costly electronic flight bags has been allowing synchronization of data between two or more iPads in the cockpit using a Bluetooth connection. Coming soon is a feature that will allow pilots to rework flight plans in the cockpit on their iPads, for instance by making last-minute changes to weight-and-balance calculations.
A long-awaited feature on the Aircraft Performance Group iPreFlight iPad app–in-flight analysis–is now available on the Apple App Store. Previous versions of the APG app need to be connected to the Internet to perform runway analysis calculations. The advantage of performing a landing-distance assessment while airborne is that conditions at the destination sometimes change, and pilots need to calculate if the destination runway still meets legal and safety parameters.
Eclipse Aerospace released its Quick Reference Application (QRA) for the Apple iPad in February, and since then the adoption rate has penetrated most of the fleet of 259 operational Eclipse 500 very light jets. “More than 80 percent of the entire fleet has at least one iPad they’re using for our app,” said Eclipse Aerospace CEO Mason Holland.
Moving on from the February dissolution of a decade-long licensing agreement, Epic Aviation and Air BP are continuing to make strides in different directions. Epic, a privately owned fuel distributor known previously as Valley Oil, had acted as Air BP Aviation Services since the 2002 formation of a joint venture company with the oil company and managed the 300-location Air BP FBO network and its programs.
Global businesses need global travel solutions. For many international business travelers that solution is an extra-long-range business jet.
Several examples of such jets are on display here at EBACE, as mockup or real aircraft. Imagine walking up the airstair, stepping inside, sitting down in the cabin and thinking what it would be like to be on this airplane for 12 or 13 hours. You might wonder, “Could I sleep in this seat? Will there be a flight attendant? How many other passengers would there be? Do companies really fly this jet to its maximum range?”
Jet Support Services, a provider of hourly-cost maintenance programs for business aviation, has teamed with Avfuel’s flight planning company, Avplan Trip Support, to offer clients the resources to manage any unexpected maintenance issues that arise. Under the terms of the agreement, Avplan customers will have access to JSSI’s global team by contacting their Avplan agent, who will connect them with a JSSI technical advisor in the geographic area where the aircraft is located.
For U.S. airplane owners and operators the simple four-letter acronym RVSM (for reduced vertical separation minimums, the process for reducing to 1,000 feet the separation between airplanes flying above 29,000 feet) signals the beginning of an onerous process to get formal permission from the FAA to fly in what has become an ordinary fashion.
With business aviation in China continuing its upward trajectory, life is getting somewhat more straightforward for this class of aircraft operators according to those most closely involved in trying to help them, namely flight planning and support companies.
Flight planning and support group Jeppesen (Booth H607) is introducing enhancements for two of its products. Consolidated and customized flight-planning assistance is now available through its FlightSupport Services, along with new route-planning functionality for its Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app for iPad.
Appareo and CHC Helicopter are developing an electronic flight bag (EFB) app for the iPad. The app will help standardize CHC’s flight operations around the world, shorten accounts receivable cycles, provide more complete information for crew scheduling and maintenance and eliminate inflight paperwork. It will also provide flight crews with tools for routing, fuel planning and weight-and-balance calculations.