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.
Jeppesen introduced the aviation industry’s first integrated navigation data service (INDS) iPad solution, which allows for a direct connection–via Wi-Fi–between the Apple tablet and an aircraft’s avionics system. First available for the Pilatus PC-12 NG, the iPad app will manage cloud-based, wireless data updates for installed Honeywell Primus Apex avionics that are paired with the Aspen Avionics CG-100 Connected Panel. The new INDS iPad app is expected to be available this summer.
Jeppesen (Booth 1351) has teamed up with Honeywell to develop what it claims is the first integrated navigation data service (INDS) data manager application for the iPad. It will be available later in the summer, initially for operators of the Pilatus PC-12 NG with the Honeywell Primus Apex integrated flight deck and Aspen Avionics CG100P connected panel. The INDS solution greatly simplifies the update process by wirelessly uploading or downloading critical Jeppesen and Honeywell flight data to the onboard avionics.
From May 2, the FAA will start publishing new instrument approach plates that include an enlarged segment of airspace to protect aircraft during circling approaches. The new airspace also offers pilots additional obstacle clearance while considering their MSL altitude above the MDA, which affects true airspeed.
The boundaries of protected airspace for circling approaches are defined by arcs drawn from the threshold of each runway at an airport. The larger the aircraft, the larger the arc.
Jeppesen has teamed with kit aircraft manufacturer Lancair to include charts and NavData service with the purchase of Lancair Evolution turboprop singles. The charts and data service are part of a PilotPak data bundle that also includes supplemental databases, such as obstacle, terrain, SafeTaxi and airport diagrams. In addition, as part of the data bundle service, access to Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck on the iPad is included at no additional charge.
An upgrade to Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck iPad app now allows route planning data to be seamlessly transferred between mobile devices and installed avionics. The new route planning solution synchronizes an iPad running Mobile FliteDeck with certified panel-mount avionics through the Aspen Avionics Connected Panel communication network. GPS-derived own-ship position data can also be transferred through the Aspen Avionics gateway to Mobile FliteDeck on an iPad to show positioning on Jeppesen airport diagrams and en route charts.
In just two and a half years, Apple has sold more than 100 million iPad tablet computers. Airline and business jet pilots were early adopters of iPad technology, which offers powerful electronic flight bag (EFB) applications that help with preflight preparation, inflight navigation and display of charts and flight manuals.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released a software evaluation report covering the use of Jeppesen apps running on Apple iPad tablet computers and used as electronic flight bags (EFBs). The report outlines a clear path for EASA-based operators to seek approval from their local regulators for use of iPad EFBs with Jeppesen Mobile TC Pro and FliteDeck Pro apps.
Jeppesen recently released Mobile FliteDeck version 2.0 for the iPad, including the recently introduced fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini. In addition, it rolled out flexible pricing options for four U.S.-based JeppView data subscriptions based on two or four device installs. A JeppView data subscription is necessary to use Mobile FliteDeck on the iPad.