Essential Flight Technology and NavWorx have joined to make the Pads WxBox, a portable ADS-B receiver designed to deliver free weather information to mobile devices. Pads WxBox will work with iOS (Apple), Android and Windows mobile devices wirelessly via Bluetooth or with a USB cable. The device will provide Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) over the 978 MHz UAT datalink via the growing network of ADS-B ground stations in the U.S.
Flight Display Systems introduced its upgraded Select CMS Platinum cabin management system this week at EBACE. Compared with the original Select CMS, the company said the Platinum version offers higher quality, better reliability and lower costs, and it is easier to install. The system provides high-definition with resolution up to 1080p on monitors from five to 55 inches. It also offers control through iPads, Android devices or any Web browser.
Shell Aviation Fuels has developed a new mobile electronics application to help members of its customer loyalty program manage their accounts. The AeroClass App helps pilots track points, view transactions, learn about FBO promotions and redeem points for gift cards. The app is free and is available from iTunes and the Android Market.
L-3’s Interstate Electronics Corp. is bringing full-motion video and data generated by aerial platforms into the hands of ground-level troops via smartphones using Google’s Android operating system. The latest version of its Video Scout system is being demonstrated here at the Paris Air Show (Static F186) using real-time data from L-3 Wescam MX-15i and MX-10 sensors.
Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., has introduced and installed an Android software application for use with its Select cabin management system.
The new software allows the customer full control of the aircraft cabin from the familiarity of a personal mobile device and will work with any Android 2.0-powered mobile phone or tablet with Bluetooth.
Applications for smartphones are a growing trend among business aviation companies, which are embracing this technology in order to add to the convenience of their services. The most popular of these phone apps are pilot-friendly information databases.
After the logistical nightmare caused by Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano earlier this year, Universal Weather and Aviation owner Greg Evans challenged his colleagues to develop a way for the company to help clients in future volcanic ash events. Product manager for weather and mobile solutions Shawn Rampy and his team took up the challenge and researched the problem, consulting with experts and studying possible practical solutions.
An aircraft maintenance technician who worked for Cessna Aircraft has been charged with one count of selling stolen aircraft parts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Kansas District. Diego Alejandro Paz Teran allegedly tried to sell stolen aircraft parts on eBay from August 2008 to Jan. 30, 2009. He had listed a hot Rockwell Collins AHC-3000 and other stolen aircraft parts on the popular auction Web site, investigators said.
An aircraft maintenance technician who worked for Cessna Aircraft has been charged with one count of selling stolen aircraft parts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Kansas District. Diego Alejandro Paz Teran allegedly tried to sell stolen aircraft parts on eBay from August 2008 to Jan. 30, 2009.
Word spread quickly throughout the business aviation community when an ad on the eBay auction Web site appeared on November 19 offering Millville Jet Center in New Jersey for sale at $2.5 million. By the end of the day the ad had been withdrawn, but according to Millville president Cliff Russell, “It generated a lot of telephone calls.” Russell said his maintenance business is down 30 to 40 percent from last year.