Apple unveiled the iPad mini on October 23, and developers of aviation apps are already showing how well their products play on the new device.
Maximum Manuals, a provider of automated aviation manuals, has named Liz Ryan manager of North American sales and marketing. Until recently, the company has focused exclusively on the production of minimum equipment lists (MELs). Now it has expanded its product offerings to include automated RVSM manuals, as well as customized applications for approval and use of the Apple iPad as a Class 1 electronic flight bag.
Jeppesen recently released Mobile FliteDeck version 2.0 for the iPad, including the recently introduced fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini. In addition, it rolled out flexible pricing options for four U.S.-based JeppView data subscriptions based on two or four device installs. A JeppView data subscription is necessary to use Mobile FliteDeck on the iPad.
While head-up guidance (HGS) capability has been around for nearly two decades, most pilots have never seen the system up close, much less flown with it. One of the iPad apps unveiled at this year’s NBAA convention was a demonstration of the Rockwell Collins HGS. The app doubles as a challenging video game designed to reinforce the basics of the HGS system.
At this year’s NBAA convention in Orlando, new cabin technology was holding court, eliciting a chuckle from a day-one visitor who remarked, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, “This stuff will probably be outdated by the time the show ends.”
EASA has released a software evaluation report covering the use of Jeppesen apps running on Apple iPads used as electronic flight bags (EFBs). The report outlines a clear path for operators based in EASA’s jurisdiction to seek approval from local regulators for use of iPad EFBs with Jeppesen Mobile TC Pro and FliteDeck Pro apps.
Jet Aviation St. Louis is offering an iPad and iPhone app for interior and exterior finishing projects that includes libraries of fabrics, veneers, carpets and other interior items, along with cabin views of Challengers, Falcons, Globals and Gulfstreams. When an interior component such as a chair or sidewall is selected, a corresponding library of materials appears. Touching the fabric, wood or carpet applies it to the surface selected. The app also contains exterior side views featuring a variety of paint schemes, from simple stripes to more complex designs.
Apple’s iPad mini is likely poised to become the backup cockpit chart display device of choice for pilots, according to some aviation iOS app developers. The mini’s 7.9-inch (diagonal) screen is smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad, but the device contains the same A5 processor as the iPad 2 and tips the scales at less than half the iPad 2’s 1.5 pounds. Jeppesen has already concluded decompression testing of the newest iPad (fourth generation) and the mini, both of which started shipping earlier this week.
French electronics provider PGA Electronics has introduced Smart Touch Cabin, a wireless software application that allows passengers to control cabin functions from any point in the cabin using the iPad or iPhone.
The customized interface, according to the Montierchaume, France-based firm, allows control of virtually all aspects of the cabin, from lighting and entertainment to electric shades.
Cessna Aircraft has released a new Citation performance calculator for the Apple iPad. With CPCalc for the iPad along with Cessna’s CLCalc loading calculator (weight-and-balance) iPad app, pilots can spend less time preparing for flights while also making sure that important preflight calculations aren’t ignored. CPCalc is available for all current-production Citations and many out-of-production models, according to Cessna.