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).
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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.
Electronic flight bags and newer devices like the Apple iPad and Android-based tablets are part of what is driving Jeppesen to more electronic distribution of its charting products, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Sikorsky’s new S-76D is the latest application for the Vigor health usage and management system (HUMS) developed by Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated Systems division.
The FAA has authorized Executive Jet Management (EJM) to replace paper terminal charts with Apple iPad-based Class 1 electronic flight bags (EFBs) running Jeppesen’s Mobile TC chart display app. Jeppesen decompression-tested the iPad, and EJM conducted interference testing to meet requirements in FAA 8900.1.
Jeppesen introduced an en route application that features worldwide, real-time weather service as a new component of its FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag solution. Targeted at Part 121 and 135 operators, the new Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro en route service overlays graphical and textual weather display on the route of flight.
Montreal-based Esterline CMC Electronics has acquired an exclusive technology license for L-3 Communications’ SmartDeck cockpit that will allow the firm to develop, build and market its own integrated flight deck products using L-3 technologies.
The FAA has published a draft policy (ANM-113-10-004) that could affect the certification of permanently installed rechargeable lithium batteries in Part 25 airplanes.