Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and four cosponsors have introduced S.2745 to ban the use of personal wireless communications devices or laptop computers in Part 121 cockpits, but general aviation would not be affected.
NBAA is taking a proactive approach to the “possibility of legislation that would restrict laptops, electronic flight bags (EFBs), cellphones and other electronic devices in aircraft cockpits,” association vice president of safety, security and regulation Doug Carr said yesterday.
Satcom equipment maker International Communications Group said it has developed an interface allowing its NxtMail e-mail server to connect through Cobham’s SDU-7300 Swift64 and SDU-7320 SwiftBroadband satcom systems. The setup makes it possible to connect up to eight Wi-Fi devices simultaneously for sending and receiving e-mail in flight.
The Aircraft Performance Group (Booth No. 4688) on Monday announced that its runway analysis program with weight-and-balance system will be available for use on mobile devices, using the company’s new Mobile Performance WB software. The APG software is on display here at NBAA’08 and will be available for hands-on demonstrations.
Designed to facilitate productivity on the go, laptops and PDAs come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit various computing needs. Some version of Microsoft Windows comes standard with almost all laptops, but if you’re a Mac user your only choices are Apple iBooks and PowerBooks loaded with Macintosh OS X.
FltPlan.com released a free airport and FBO guide that can be downloaded onto PDAs such as the Palm Treo, Windows Mobile devices and BlackBerrys as well as laptops and EFBs. The guide is updated weekly and includes information on more than 5,000 airports in the U.S., Bahamas, Canada and Mexico.
Houston-based Frost Navratil Technical Solutions, maker of the ApproachView family of class-2 EFBs, has introduced a remote touchscreen display for use with the company’s P600 computer or a laptop. The new 8.4-in.-diagonal TD-840 display, said the company, is more compact than other EFBs that combine their displays with internal computer hardware.
With the Primus Epic integrated avionics system poised to make its debut in a variety of business airplanes and the Bell/Agusta AB139 helicopter, Honeywell is introducing a desktop PC version of the glass cockpit that pilots can use before they ever strap in for training in a full-flight simulator.
These are just a few of the prizes being given away in monthly drawings sponsored by aviation services provider Jet Aviation. The West Palm Beach, Fla. company announced the program last month as a means of promoting use of its online pre-arrival system.
CMC Electronics has introduced the CMA-1100, a handheld electronic flight bag (EFB) computer for the cockpit that fills a gap between off-the-shelf tablet PCs typically costing less than $5,000 and permanently installed devices that can top $30,000.