Honeywell is making flying the Pilatus PC-12 NG easier with four new iPad apps optimized for the big single-engine turboprop. The apps cover maintenance and operational solutions and is to be available in Apple’s App Store in July, although the myGDC app is already available, with an updated version coming in July. More information is available at Honeywell’s EBACE exhibit (Booth 487).
“With the recent proliferation of tablets, our customers are increasingly using portable devices for a range of flight-planning tasks,” said Victor Valente, Honeywell Aerospace v-p of business and general aviation EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa and India). “We are using these changing patterns to bring affordable wireless capabilities and iPad solutions to the market that puts the information pilots need most literally at their fingertips,” he added.
The myGDC app gives PC-12 NG pilots access to Honeywell’s Global Data Center, where they can create and file U.S. and Eurocontrol flight plans, view weather and notams, access airport information and download trip kits. Flight plans can be created on the iPad and wirelessly uploaded to the PC-12 NG’s Honeywell Apex avionics.
The new INDS app simplifies the uploading of Jeppesen charts, maps and navigation data to ensure compliance with FAA data-currency requirements. The app also helps shorten data upload times.
With the maintenance download app, PC-12 NG condition-monitoring and fault-history databases can be downloaded and sent wirelessly to designated parties, which should speed up provisioning and repair processes, said Honeywell.
For PC-12 NGs with the Aspen Avionics CG100P Connected Gateway installed, the FlightPath app can display various flight progress parameters on worldwide terrain maps on the iPad. This gives passengers in the cabin access to flight information without having to install specialized displays.