FlyTab Module Connects iPads to Aircraft Systems
Avionics & Systems Integration Group’s (ASIG) FlyTab Avionics Interface Module (AIM) is undergoing an STC program for installation in Bombardier Dash 8s and CRJs flown by Nav Canada’s flight operations team. The AIM “is the first commercially available wired interface developed specifically to meet the needs of transport-category Part 25 aircraft operators,” according to ASIG managing director Luke Ribich. ASIG developed the AIM in cooperation with Apple, Ribich noted, and it “carries ‘Made for iPad’ approval.” ASIG manufactures a variety of products in its FlyTab product line, including patented connection load sensing technology, power conditioning units and iPad mounting mechanisms. The ASIG products not only provide power to charge iPads in flight but also the capability for dual-channel data sharing between aircraft systems and avionics and iPads. ASIG has also developed its own iPad apps, including the FalconPad app used by the U.S. Department of Defense. The AIM can deliver data, including GPS from installed avionics, for use by apps such as Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck, ForeFlight and Lido/RouteManual.