This week at LABACE, Execjet Mobile announced the release of the latest version (4.0) of its Bizjet Mobile service, which allows passengers aboard any telecom-equipped aircraft with an onboard Wi-Fi network to send and receive text messages and emails. Bizjet Mobile 4.0 requires that one Apple iPad mini be set up to run the app, which creates its own Bluetooth/Wi-Fi network that other Apple devices can then access. Anyone on board can tap into that network to send text messages of up to 600 characters and emails of up to 1,500 characters (without attachments).
EmptyLegMarket has launched a new iPhone app with a name-your-price bidding feature for charter flights. The app allows users to enter the desired trip, the amount of the bid and payment information. Participating charter operators can elect whether or not to accept the bid. “The goal is to use empty legs or transient airplanes that are just sitting,” said EmptyLegMarket founder Elliott Schwartz. “It simplifies the chartering process so you can understand what the customer is willing to pay.”
Sennheiser introduced its new S1 NoiseGard headset at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, completing the S1 model lineup, which includes the ANR S1 Digital introduced two years ago and the S1 Passive released last year. The three headsets share design features and, said Sennheiser’s Christian Pulm, “as demand changes, there’s an S1 for every scenario.”
Rockwell Collins unveiled new customizable features for its Airshow 3-D moving-map app for the Apple iPad, including the ability to add company logos and customized place names, as well as access high-resolution city maps. In addition, text in the app can be displayed in up to six languages. The new features are available now through the Apple iTunes App Store as a first-time download or as an Airshow Moving Map app update.
Rockwell Collins is offering customizable features for its Airshow 3-D moving map for the Apple iPad. “Now users can tailor their experience by adding company logos, customizing place names, selecting up to six languages and accessing high-resolution city maps,” said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager of flight information solutions, cabin and electromechanical systems for Rockwell Collins. The new features are available through the Apple iTunes App store.
Dassault Falcon is offering a new app for mobile and tablet users. The Falcon Customer Service app offers instant touch-call features for AOG hotlines, the technical center, spares and field service. The app also helps operators locate service centers and Falcon pilot contacts.
West Star Aviation recently launched a new and improved version of its Experience-on-Call app. Specifically designed for iPhone and iPad users, the free app can be downloaded from the iTunes store. The app was designed to provide direct contact to a full directory of professionals at West Star, wherever assistance is required. It allows users to select and directly contact the West Star team member who best fits their needs, based on aircraft type, service needed and location.
DeliSky, the Swiss international inflight catering service provider, announced that it has launched an iPad and iPhone App to augment its unique online catering order system, which is available at more than 120 airports worldwide. The company provides catering from dozens of carefully vetted sources, including high-end restaurants and caterers.
Per-seat charter broker BlackJet has developed an iOS app that allows members to book a seat on a private jet instantly from their iPhone or iPad. Together with this launch, it is providing a limited invite code (BLACKJETIPHONE5000) that can be used to request a membership. BlackJet seat service is currently available in San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles and South Florida. Service to Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, Dallas and Seattle will be added this year.
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.