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.
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court, eliciting a chuckle from a day-one visitor who remarked, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, “This stuff will probably be outdated by the time the show ends.”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.
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.
The flyTab team, consisting of Avionics Systems & Integration Group (ASIG), Shadin Avionics and AppOrchard, is developing a software development kit that will deliver real-time flight data to iPad apps. The flyTab team’s work will enable delivery of data from aircraft systems to iPad tablets via a wired interface. Data will include various Arinc standards “and other forms of digital and discrete data,” according to ASIG. “Tethering iPads to flight data systems provides a rich stream of data with almost unlimited possible uses,” said ASIG managing director Luke Ribich.