Flying with iOS and Android moving-map and flight-planning apps has become common in cockpits worldwide, and Sporty’s Pilot Shop vice president of product development John Zimmerman knows firsthand that even with an intuitive touchscreen interface, flying apps can be complicated. That’s why Sporty’s announced during Sun ’n Fun 2013 that it has developed training courses to teach pilots the intricacies and the tricks for flying with tablets.
Fuel Bidder, a new Delaware-based software provider, has launched Fuelbidder.com, a jet fuel marketplace application it says will help aircraft operators find the lowest jet fuel price at airports around the world. According to the company, the free app allows users to request pricing from hundreds of suppliers. Registered users input their uplift date, airport, preferred FBO, estimated fuel volume and a deadline by which they would like to receive all final price offers. The app will then send the request to each registered fuel supplier at the destination airport.
PilotWorkshop.com says its free training app is the number-one download for the iPad and iPhone under “pilot training.” The app features 20 free training videos and audios that include topics such as single-pilot IFR, ATC communications, aviation weather, emergencies and airmanship, all produced in 10 to 15-minute segments.
Ramco announced the launch of its cloud-based workspace solution yesterday at Heli-Expo ’13. Ramco Aviation on Cloud offers small and midsize operators the ability to replace their IT support infrastructure with the subscription-based program, which helps manage workorder and supply chain details, employee information and payroll data. “Helicopter companies and MROs addressing the heli-operator segment…constantly face operational hurdles,” said P.R. Venketrama Raja, Ramco vice chairman and managing director.
Guidance Aviation (Booth No. C2703) is celebrating its 15th year in business with the Heli-Expo ’13 unveiling of two new products to assist helicopter flight students, as well as a celebration for show attendees.
As the migration of iPad tablet computers into cockpits has accelerated, operators have had to grapple with the logistics of deploying these devices. Companies such as Atlanta-based AirWatch have stepped in to help manage configuration, security and tracking for operators that have anywhere from a few to thousands of these mobile devices in employees’ hands. Jeppesen, which offers the Mobile FliteDeck Pro app for the iPad, has teamed with AirWatch to resell AirWatch’s services.
Blue Sky Network recently launched its new SkyRouter iOS and Android mobile applications that can provide real-time aircraft fleet tracking on the go. SkyRouter is a cloud-based solution that can track a company’s aircraft that are equipped with Blue Sky Network’s Iridium tracking and communication services. Features of the New SkyRouter mobile apps include GPS location, fleet asset lists, breadcrumb mapping, active asset indication, automated event reports and drill-down on asset events.
TrueNorth Avionics’ Stylus cord-and-reel handset is now “ready for purchase and immediate delivery,” with Peterborough, Canada-based Flying Colours as the first of the company’s partners to install the equipment.
A wireless variant is in the works and can be expected in the near future, added a spokeswoman.
TrueNorth, based in Ottawa, emphasizes the “high-definition face-to-face quality calls, a Corning Gorilla glass face and one-button interface. Stylus is enabled by the TrueNorth software-centric Symphonē OpenCabin package.
Execjet Mobile, of Scottsdale, Ariz. (Booth No. 706), is enticing NBAA’12 attendees to its exhibit by offering an iPad Mini giveaway if they’ll stay to hear about the company’s new communication platform, Bizjet Mobile. The product uses an existing onboard smartphone, iPad or Android device’s Bluetooth plus Iridium technology to send and receive emails and text messages worldwide.
In less than eight months, Garmin has established its Garmin Pilot app as a worthwhile competitor to other moving-map and electronic flight bag (EFB) applications. An improved version of the Pilot My-Cast app for Apple’s popular iPad and iPhone, Garmin Pilot was also launched for use on a wide range of Android smartphones and tablets. Both versions offer similar features and usability, though there also are some distinct differences.