The monthly chore of pulling and replacing Jepp chart pages in a loose-leaf binder may soon go the way of propping an airplane to start its engine as eChart Viewer, Jeppesen’s newest digital charting service, takes hold. In a brief ceremony yesterday at the Jeppesen booth (No. 3004), Avanti fractional operator Avantair became the eChart Viewer launch customer.
Denver-based AvConnect (Booth No. 6857) plans to begin offering its Aircraft Manager for the iPad in November. The new app will allow pilots and operators to track maintenance and flight planning, while offering in-flight data such as moving maps, approach plates and squawks. Aircraft Manager will also give pilots the ability to share maintenance information with service centers, FBOs or OEMs as needed.
The success of data services, such as the General Motors automotive OnStar system, suggests that some hardware manufacturers will eventually make most of their revenue not from the painstaking process of designing and manufacturing physical products but from selling data to owners of their hardware. In aviation, this trend is firmly evident in Rockwell Collins’s purchase of flight handling company Air Routing in January.
Cessna's GreenTrak flight planning software will allow operators to use cost indexing to minimize trip costs and the cost of the European Emissions Trading Scheme or any likely U.S. "cap and trade" emissions charge by balancing DOCs, fuel burn and carbon emissions.
Several elements of the Next Generation Air Transportation System depend on GPS-based area navigation (RNAV) and required navigation performance (RNP). RNP is essentially RNAV with onboard performance and alerting capability. The ability of the aircraft's own navigation system to monitor its navigation performance and to inform the crew if the required performance is not being met is a defining capability of RNP operations.
Avfuel, known best for its global fuel distribution services, is here at NBAA (Booth No. 7346) promoting its new Avplan worldwide flight-planning business.
World Fuel Services has agreed to acquire Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Western Petroleum, including its branded aviation fuel distribution business, for $95 million. The $95 million purchase price could be increased by up to $20 million if Western’s net assets exceed an agreed target at completion of the deal, which is expected this month.
The benefits of implementing NextGen and its European counterpart, the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar), are threefold: not only will the new procedures and technologies improve safety and efficiency, but they will also yield environmental benefits. The ultimate goal is to increase airspace capacity while reducing fuel burn, emissions and noise.
World Fuel Services on Monday announced an agreement to acquire Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Western Petroleum, including its branded aviation fuel distribution business, for $95 million.
Aircraft performance is a subject that many pilots dread, during both preflight planning and post-lunch ground school sessions in stuffy classrooms when the lines on flight manual charts blend together as eyelids droop and weary brains reject the stimulus of yet more caffeine.