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Electronic flight bag
Apple’s new iPad tablet computer is enjoying instant popularity, with more than two million of the $499-and-up units selling since deliveries began in early April. The iPad has also garnered serious interest from the aviation community, as a tool for preflight planning and in-flight moving-map display.
Pilots now have many choices for viewing approach plates, arrival and departure charts and airport diagrams in the cockpit, from traditional paper to electronic flight bags (EFBs), built-in avionics and a plethora of devices from Apple’s new iPad to handheld computers, Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader and other devices adapted to the task.
Esterline CMC Electronics has added real-time graphical weather linked through the Iridium satellite network to its 8.4-inch PilotView CMA-1100 Mk II and 10.4-inch CMA-1410 electronic flight bags (EFBs).
Real-time graphical weather, text and datalink radar via the Iridium satellite network is one of the most recent features added to the PilotView 8.4-inch CMA-1100 MkII and 10.4-inch CMA-1410 electronic flight bags (EFBs) produced by Esterline CMC Electronics.
Arinc has become a distribution partner (DP) for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite communication services, allowing it to buy and resell airtime directly. According to the company, its new position as a SwiftBroadband wholesaler, which took effect April 1, will better enable it to offer tailored communications solutions to aircraft operators.
At a February 24 hearing on aircraft icing legislators criticized the FAA for delaying implementation of rulemaking that would address outstanding issues on the NTSB’s “Most Wanted” list. “After the Colgan Air Flight 3407 accident near Buffalo last year,” said committee chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.), “it was widely speculated that the aircraft crashed due to icing.
Finland’s Patria has chosen Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) to perform a glass-cockpit upgrade for the Finnish Air Force’s BAE Systems Hawk Mk66 advanced jet trainers. The air force purchased the 18 ex-Swiss Air Force Hawk Mk66s in 2007 to add to its fleet of Hawk Mk51s.
Operators are expected to begin installing Esterline CMC Electronics’ new 10.4-inch Class 2 PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB)–selected by Boeing for its Next-Generation 737s and BBJs–on 737NGs starting in the third quarter of 2010, according to Esterline. Plans call for the Class 2 EFB system to come installed on production airplanes and be available for retrofit.
While no one at Boeing would dare admit to any level of satisfaction with the two-and-a-half years of delays to the 787-8, the program’s chief mechanic, Justin Hale, might be one of the few people within the company who can say it has helped make his job easier.