Arinc has jumped into the crowded market for wireless Internet access in airline cabins with the unveiling of its new Cabin Connect suite of products, using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband connection.
Electronic flight bag
Garmin unveiled its aera 795 and 796 portable aviation navigation devices yesterday. Both units incorporate features of the company’s GPSMap 696 and add capabilities such as a touchscreen user interface, pilot-selectable screen orientation, 3-D Vision and electronic en route and approach charts.
The FAA does not want pilots to use Apple’s iPad tablet computer for navigation. Yet pilots are using the iPad and the many moving-map applications available for the device to navigate and view approach plates, Sids and Stars, en route and sectional charts, aircraft documents and a lot more.
Maximum Manuals developed a turnkey process for charter operators to apply for approval and implement use of the Apple iPad as an electronic flight bag (EFB). The company’s iPad EFB program includes an application package for submission to the FAA, training program for flight crews, supplemental language for company documents and customer support throughout the approval process to obtain A061 Ops Specs.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) released its updated safety review of the on-demand air charter industry yesterday. The “Part 135 Incident/Accident Review” takes a comprehensive look at the factors surrounding charter incidents and accidents from 2004 to the end of last year.
The FAA has outlined its official policy toward use of Apple iPads and other tablet computers as Class 1 electronic flight bags (EFBs) in an Information for Operators document (InFO 11011).
In a recently issued Information for Operators (InFO), the FAA provides guidance and information for pilots using iPads and other tablet devices as electronic flight bags (EFBs).
Air Support (Stand 842) of Billund, Denmark, and Aviovision (Stand 859) of Leuven, Belgium, have partnered in providing two-way data connectivity between Air Support’s flight planning and crew briefing software and Aviovision’s Aviobook electronic flight bag (EFB) software.
Evidence that Jeppesen is moving rapidly toward a world cluttered with less paper can be seen in airline terminals all over the world. Many airline pilots have been freed of the burden of dragging around their own bulging chart cases full of approach plates and en route charts and regulations, thanks to Jeppesen’s Airside service, which facilitates the delivery of charts to aircraft instead of to pilots.
Executive Jet Management (EJM) has received FAA approval to use Jeppesen’s Mobile TC App Version 1.2 for the iPad2 as an alternative to paper aeronautical charts following a three-month demonstration program that covered 55 pilots flying 10 different aircraft over 250 flight segments. Jeppesen reported that the pilots were pleased with the app’s ease of use, simplicity, speed and display clarity.