At the recent World Airline Entertainment Association trade show in Seattle, TEAC Aerospace Technologies introduced its new Air Tracks high-resolution in-flight moving-map software to rave reviews. Business aircraft operators got their first look at the map software at the NBAA Convention last month, and by all accounts they were not disappointed.
Air Tracks software generates impressive two- and three-dimensional topographical route maps while the aircraft is in flight, continuously updating the maps and aircraft position as the aircraft travels along its route. Passengers can view the map images on in-seat or overhead cabin displays, selecting from any of four 3-D simulated topographical views, in addition to flight and en route information. The software can be loaded to existing in-flight entertainment (IFE) servers or used with TEAC’s new Map File Server.
The company has worked in conjunction with Lufthansa Technik to supply the Air Tracks software for its form, fit and function file server replacement to the Airshow moving-map system. According to the company, the next-generation software offers both significantly enhanced graphic presentations, displaying satellite pictures of the ground in resolutions of up to one meter per pixel.
The software can be customized for each aircraft with a complete set of maps and data for all domestic and international routes flown. Software and updates are loaded to the onboard high-performance video file server via a removable hard drive or high-speed datalink.
The selection of simulated views and displays includes a simultaneous display of both the flight plan and actual flight; simulated map views of territory below the aircraft as seen from either right or left windows; map as seen from the pilot’s view; high-resolution expanded view of the maps; simulated landing and takeoff views of each airport; and a dynamic landscape view from a vantage point 50 meters behind the aircraft that constantly alternates from a 120- to 230-degree view.
Customers can program a customized selection of simulated views. Each map can include either general designations of geographic points of interest or a branded message can be displayed with a simulated aircraft image of any type or design.
“This enhanced version of AirTracks will be appealing to our customers and their passengers,” said Al McGowan, sales and marketing manager for TEAC Aerospace Technologies’ IFE Group.
TEAC Aerospace Technologies, a division of TEAC America, is a supplier of Hi-8mm single and triple-deck airborne video recorders for military aerospace applications, and solid-state advanced digital video and data recording products.
In the airline market, its in-flight entertainment systems are found on more than 80 percent of the largest carriers.