Owners of electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers sold by Paperless Cockpit are searching for alternative vendors after the Tennessee company abruptly went out of business last month. “Due to current economic conditions Paperless Cockpit has ceased all operations,” a recorded message informs callers to the company’s main number.
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Piedmont Airlines and SkyWest Airlines will each receive $600,000 from the FAA as part of a $5 million program to fund in-cockpit runway safety systems, in this case electronic flight bags (EFBs), in exchange for the operational data those systems would generate. Under the plan, each airline will install the technology by May 15 next year. Each agreement remains in effect through September 2011.
AirGator, a provider of corporate and general aviation electronic flight bag (EFB) products, and NavWorx, a designer of automated dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receiver technology, have teamed to integrate and display ADS-B data on AirGator NavPad EFBs.
The Aircraft Performance Group (Booth No. 4688) on Monday announced that its runway analysis program with weight-and-balance system will be available for use on mobile devices, using the company’s new Mobile Performance WB software. The APG software is on display here at NBAA’08 and will be available for hands-on demonstrations.
At a recent NextGen conference, Jim Linney of the FAA’s ADS-B office detailed the user community’s response to the invitation to comment on the agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). Of the 1,372 responses to the document’s 85 separate issues, there were 101 positive comments, versus 1,271 negative–or “non-positive,” in FAA terminology–comments.
The GEN-X electronic flight bag (EFB) made by DAC International and displayed at NBAA Booth No. 2666 attained parts manufacturer approval (PMA) from the FAA, the company announced.
Chicago-based navAero has introduced the tPad 2000 series display for the tBag C22 electronic flight bag. Based on the tPad 1500 display, the 2000 Series features an integrated and daylight-enhanced anti-glare LCD panel with resistive touch and LED backlighting for XGA (1024x768) graphic resolution with 80-degree off-axis readability.
“When you think of a Honeywell navigation system, it’s in fact, built on a CMC unit,” said Bruce Bailey, v-p of commercial aviation at CMC Electronics, which is exhibiting in Orlando this week in Booth No. 2967. “We’re kind of like the campaign for ‘Intel Inside’ with regard to a number of brands. We’ve probably got 15,000 to 20,000 GPS sensors in the field in almost any platform, and of course we put it in our own FMS.
Infrared enhanced-vision systems (EVS) optimized to provide greater situational awareness for business aircraft are finding an increasing number of applications as evidenced by the activity reported by EVS suppliers exhibiting at NBAA’08.
The FAA has reached agreements with four U.S. airlines to fund in-cockpit runway safety systems, in this case electronic flight bags (EFBs), in exchange for the operational data those systems would generate. Under the plan, the FAA will provide $600,000 each to SkyWest Airlines, Piedmont Airlines, US Airways and Southwest Airlines to invest in the new technology in airplanes they’ll fly into and out of 21 testbed airports.