Several elements of the Next Generation Air Transportation System depend on GPS-based area navigation (RNAV) and required navigation performance (RNP). RNP is essentially RNAV with onboard performance and alerting capability. The ability of the aircraft's own navigation system to monitor its navigation performance and to inform the crew if the required performance is not being met is a defining capability of RNP operations.
Boeing’s Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) division is gaining ground in its strategy to deliver services for the entire lifetime of the aircraft that it manufactures. The airframer has for a long time offered services beyond just manufacturing airplanes and that strategy has accelerated since CAS president Lou Mancini joined the group in 2002.
Jeppesen leadership is addressing problems the company experienced in July in meeting customer requests for timely delivery of charts. The problems stem from a recent switch to a new Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) system used for processing orders.
Jeppesen Mobile TC, a free iPad application that the company recently launched, allows anyone with a Jeppview electronic chart (paid) subscription to access terminal charts via the Apple e-reader. The application is not currently available on the iPhone or iPod Touch, even though these devices share the iPad’s operating system. Download and installation can be done seamlessly via Apple iTunes App Store on a PC or the App Store on the iPad.
Jeppesen is assisting Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS) of South Africa in its preparations for the influx of air traffic for the 2010 FIFA World Cup games between June 11 and July 11. ATNS is the sole commercial provider of air traffic, navigation and associated services in South Africa.
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.
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Pilots who are tired of carrying around kilos of paper terminal charts might want visit Jeppesen (Booth No. 336) and SolidFX (Booth No. 898) here at EBACE to check out the SolidFX FX8 and FX10 digital chart readers. The FX8 and wireless connectable FX8-G are the newest paperless-cockpit devices from SolidFX that store and display Jeppesen IFR terminal charts, eliminating the need to carry paper charts.
Satcom Direct (Booth No. 3208) announced a new product and upgrades of existing ones at the NBAA show on Monday.
The company’s SD Flight Tracker is a Web-based service designed to deliver precise aircraft global positioning via Inmarsat, Iridium, VHF and broadband networks. It also provides real-time satellite system status and expands the capabilities of Satcom’s FlightDeck Freedom (FDF) service.
Jeppesen and Satcom Direct announced Monday a teaming relationship that allows each company to sell a bundled solution to their customers that combines flight planning services and cockpit communications.