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APG iPreFlight App Adds In-flight Performance Calculation Capability

 - May 13, 2012, 9:00 AM
In-flight analysis allows a landing-distance assessment to be completed while airborne.

An enhancement of Aircraft Performance Group’s iPreFlight iPad app adding in-flight analysis is about to be released on the Apple App Store, but EBACE attendees can get a preview demo from APG (Stand 2364). Previous versions of the app need to be connected to the Internet to perform runway analysis calculations, but in-flight analysis (in what will be Version 1.17) allows a landing-distance assessment to be completed while airborne.

The enhancement allows more up-to-date destination conditions to be used, so pilots can be more confident that the destination still meets required performance and safety parameters. “It’s a complete integration of runway analysis, weight and balance and performance,” said APG co-founder Rogers Hemphill.

The iPreFlight app is designed to be used by individual pilots in small flight departments and by large departments and fleet operators that employ dispatchers (using the Windows-based iPreFlight dashboard software running on their computers). Both can use iPreFlight to generate a complete package–called the Flight Book–for each flight, in advance.

Dispatchers can prepare Flight Books well ahead of a flight, then update the package as information changes. Closer to the departure time, the pilot or dispatcher creates a flight release with the runway analysis, weight and balance, flight plan and current weather, Notams and charts. Flight releases can be emailed in Adobe PDF format and stored on iPads or distributed to whomever needs them.

A useful APG feature is its max payload estimator, which allows users to input all the parameters for a planned departure, including payload, weather and runway characteristics, and calculate the maximum payload that can be carried. APG is working closely with Cessna and Embraer and has obtained high-resolution flight performance data for use in iPreFlight.

For operators of large fleets, APG can work with third-party flight-support and flight-planning providers, integrating their systems with iPreFlight. Companies that APG is working with include Air Support, Arinc Direct, Rockwell Collins/Ascend and Universal Aviation.