Delta Air Lines plans to begin distributing Microsoft Surface 2 tablet computers to its Boeing 757 and 767 pilots beginning in January. Pilots will use the computing device as an electronic flight bag (EFB) to store electronic charts and documents, reducing weight and improving workflow on the flight deck, the airline said. Delta joins other U.S. carriers that have incorporated tablet computers in their flight decks. Delta is the first major airline to select Microsoft’s Surface 2; other carriers, including United, Alaska and American, have selected the Apple iPad.
Apple’s new iPad Air, which is thinner and weighs 20 percent less than the previous-generation iPad, has passed rapid decompression testing conducted by Jeppesen. The company tested the iPad Air to 51,000 feet, similar to tests conducted on all previous iPad versions. “No anomalies were detected during testing of any of the iPad models,” according to Jeppesen, which makes the Mobile FliteDeck and FliteDeck VFR apps for the iPad.
Jeppesen has released version 2.1 of its Mobile FliteDeck iPad app with several significant improvements, including display of own-ship position on geo-referenced approach charts. Jeppesen also revealed that it has begun development of FliteDeck Pro (for commercial operators) for a new platform, and it isn’t Android but Microsoft’s Windows 8/Surface tablet environment.
The Air Charter Association of North America (Acana) will hold an open forum on Tuesday at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas to discuss the U.S. DOT’s recently published proposal to regulate aircraft charter brokers. The two-hour session will be held at 3 p.m.
Jeppesen has begun development of FliteDeck Pro (for commercial operators) for Microsoft’s Windows 8/Surface tablet. Delta Air Lines is the launch customer and plans to equip its 11,000 pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablet computers as electronic flight bags, with Boeing 757 and 767 pilots scheduled to receive their units later this year and the rest next year. The Surface 2 tablets will run Jeppesen’s FliteDeck Pro and will be used for document viewing and checklists, replacing 38 pounds of paper per airplane and saving Delta $13 million a year in fuel and associated costs.
Bombardier’s annual Safety Standdown here in São Paulo on Monday and Tuesday drew a record number of participants, confirming the event’s status as a key part of the build up to the LABACE show. According to the event’s manager, Janet Schiebelhut, the fourth Safety Standdown Latin America drew 325 registered attendees, with 285 present on the first day for six workshops.
Jeppesen signed an agreement with Rockwell Collins to automatically and securely transfer electronic charts via Wi-Fi and cellular networks using Rockwell Collins’s Ascend Aircraft Information Manager (AIM). Operators will be able to use AIM in Pro Line Fusion and Pro Line 21-equipped aircraft to streamline access to Jeppesen flight data, provided through an “enhanced direct connection to the flight deck of the aircraft.” This data includes Jeppesen e-charts, flight management system navigation, performance and V-speed databases and checklist files.
Jeppesen’s newest iPad app, Mobile FliteDeck VFR, is now available for U.S. pilots flying in the continental U.S. The VFR version of Mobile FliteDeck is designed both for flight planning and in-flight navigation, with data-driven navigation information and access to Notams and text and graphical weather data.
TAG Aviation (UK) has become the first UK operator to receive CAA authorization to use Apple iPads as Class 1 electronic flight bags. TAG pilots are replacing paper documents and charts with iPad apps such as Vistair DocuNet (a document management and distribution program) and Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck (terminal charts and other aeronautical documents). TAG Aviation is planning to seek regulatory approval for paperless cockpits in other countries where it holds air operator certificates, including Switzerland, Spain, UAE (Bahrain) and China (Hong Kong).
Jeppesen is advising customers that its JeppView products are currently presenting the wrong image for the ILS or LOC Runway 21L approach chart for Atlanta DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The obsolete version of the chart has a revision date of March 1, 2013, effective March 7. The current chart, to be included in the next JeppView release, is dated May 24, 2013, effective May 30.
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