There is a new way to learn how to fly with a head-up display (HUD) without booking time in an expensive simulator or trying to learn in the airplane. FlyRealHUDs.com has developed an inexpensive HUD simulator plug-in that runs on the X-Plane personal-computer flight simulator program. The FlyRealHUDs (FRH) plug-in replicates the symbology and flight dynamics of real HUDs and comes in two configurations, for business jets and airliners. (Full disclosure: I was a beta tester of the FRH HUD before its release in late October.)
Avionics and ATC
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit; and news, issues, personnel, equipment and developments about air traffic management.
At the NBAA Convention, Arinc Direct unveiled its new ADConnect app for Apple and Android devices, further demonstrating the flexibility and capability of modern smartphones. ADConnect allows passengers to use their smartphones instead of onboard handsets to make satcom calls, all without installing additional equipment. ADConnect costs $9.99 at the Apple App Store or Google Play (Android).
FlyRealHUDs.com has developed an inexpensive HUD simulator plug-in that runs on the X-Plane flight simulator program. The FlyRealHUDs (FRH) plugin replicates the symbology and flight dynamics of real HUDs and comes in business jet and airliner configurations.
Blue Sky Network is partnering with avionics installation and aircraft retrofit company Southeast Aerospace of Melbourne, Fla. The two companies are teaming to equip both civilian and special-mission aircraft with Blue Sky’s Iridium satellite aircraft tracking systems. The fleet management solution from Blue Sky Network enables seamless command and control of multiple remotely dispersed types of mobile asset. Incorporating the Blue Sky hardware into Southeast Aerospace installations will allow more certifications for aviation applications, they said.
The FAA has extended for a second year an operational evaluation of pilot initiated climbs and descents using in-trail procedures (ITP) in Pacific Ocean airspace. The trial involves 12 United Airlines Boeing 747-400s flying between the U.S. West Coast and Australia and New Zealand. Having extended the evaluation to Aug. 15, 2013, the agency said that it is also holding “exploratory conversations” with ANA and Japan Airlines to include some of their aircraft in the process.
The General Accountability Office’s final report on the effectiveness of the FAA’s Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program said that while the program delivers ATC services at a lower cost than FAA-operated facilities, the entire program requires improved oversight.
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.
Blue Sky Network recently launched its new SkyRouter iOS and Android mobile applications that can provide real-time aircraft fleet tracking on the go. SkyRouter is a cloud-based solution that can track a company’s aircraft that are equipped with Blue Sky Network’s Iridium tracking and communication services. Features of the New SkyRouter mobile apps include GPS location, fleet asset lists, breadcrumb mapping, active asset indication, automated event reports and drill-down on asset events.
Airbus and its air traffic management subsidiaries, together with systems integration company EADS Cassidian, said they will participate as industry partners in seven European flight trials set to begin early next year through 2014 under the direction of the Single European Sky ATM Joint Undertaking (Sesar JU).
EASA has released a software evaluation report covering the use of Jeppesen apps running on Apple iPads used as electronic flight bags (EFBs). The report outlines a clear path for operators based in EASA’s jurisdiction to seek approval from local regulators for use of iPad EFBs with Jeppesen Mobile TC Pro and FliteDeck Pro apps.