Review: Jeppesen Mobile TC for the iPad

 - September 7, 2010, 12:26 PM

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. Using an existing Jeppesen e-chart subscription, AIN had no problem downloading the accompanying 500-megabyte worldwide terminal chart database from within the installed application. Jeppesen Mobile TC at present is quite basic but still provides an excellent e-chart viewing experience. However, the app has few options other than to save airports as favorites–there's no way to set up departure or arrival airports and no quick access to terminal procedures found in Jeppesen’s Flight Deck software. Search functionality is also limited to airport name or airport identifier. One of the biggest drawbacks is a lack of brightness controls in the application, a shortcoming that needs to be fixed in an update. Functionality of the Jeppesen iPad app also would increase significantly with the addition of core Flight Deck features and the capability to view en route charts in future promised updates.