Apple’s iPad mini is likely poised to become the backup cockpit chart display device of choice for pilots, according to some aviation iOS app developers. The mini’s 7.9-inch (diagonal) screen is smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad, but the device contains the same A5 processor as the iPad 2 and tips the scales at less than half the iPad 2’s 1.5 pounds. Jeppesen has already concluded decompression testing of the newest iPad (fourth generation) and the mini, both of which started shipping earlier this week.
French electronics provider PGA Electronics has introduced Smart Touch Cabin, a wireless software application that allows passengers to control cabin functions from any point in the cabin using the iPad or iPhone.
The customized interface, according to the Montierchaume, France-based firm, allows control of virtually all aspects of the cabin, from lighting and entertainment to electric shades.
TrueNorth Avionics’ Stylus cord-and-reel handset is now “ready for purchase and immediate delivery,” with Peterborough, Canada-based Flying Colours as the first of the company’s partners to install the equipment.
A wireless variant is in the works and can be expected in the near future, added a spokeswoman.
TrueNorth, based in Ottawa, emphasizes the “high-definition face-to-face quality calls, a Corning Gorilla glass face and one-button interface. Stylus is enabled by the TrueNorth software-centric Symphonē OpenCabin package.
The flyTab team, consisting of Avionics Systems & Integration Group (ASIG), Shadin Avionics and AppOrchard, is developing a software development kit that will deliver real-time flight data to iPad apps. The flyTab team’s work will enable delivery of data from aircraft systems to iPad tablets via a wired interface. Data will include various Arinc standards “and other forms of digital and discrete data,” according to ASIG. “Tethering iPads to flight data systems provides a rich stream of data with almost unlimited possible uses,” said ASIG managing director Luke Ribich.
There are two new iPad apps for the complex world of international flying, released by Scott International Procedures Training. They’re both designed to help pilots keep relevant bits of necessary information close at hand in the cockpit without paper. The first app is Scott’s International Cockpit Reference Handbook, traditionally a spiral-bound text designed for rapid recall of important topics such as special oceanic flight operations, SOPs by phase of flight for oceanic crossings, normal and contingency operating procedures for oceanic and U.S.
Advanced Aircrew Academy (Booth 4493) has announced a new online course for flight crew use of iPads and electronic flight bags (EFBs) covering hardware orientation, charging procedures, widely used apps for in-flight use and human factors considerations. NBAA convention attendees can learn more about this and other training available for in-cockpit use of iPads at the Aircraft and Flight Operations training seminar, “Training Solutions for Flight Deck iPad Implementation” at 2:30-4 pm today in room S310EF.
Dassault Falcon 7X, 900LX and 2000LX passengers will be the first to experience the latest cabin innovations from Rockwell Collins on the FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system. The new optional features include Skybox, unveiled this week by Rockwell Collins at the NBAA Convention. Skybox makes it possible to have Hollywood-protected content in the aircraft play on a television in the cabin or on individual iPads. It is also possible to take content from individual iPads and display it on the cabin television.
Business jet passengers want to experience a seamless transition between their high-tech home entertainment systems and the inflight entertainment (IFE) systems installed on the jets that they fly, but there is an impediment that needs fixing; how to bring the content on their home systems to the aircraft. Rockwell Collins has developed a solution, Skybox, which brings sophisticated airliner audio-video on-demand (AVOD) to business jets.
Execjet Mobile, of Scottsdale, Ariz. (Booth No. 706), is enticing NBAA’12 attendees to its exhibit by offering an iPad Mini giveaway if they’ll stay to hear about the company’s new communication platform, Bizjet Mobile. The product uses an existing onboard smartphone, iPad or Android device’s Bluetooth plus Iridium technology to send and receive emails and text messages worldwide.
Pilots looking for aviation-oriented accessories for their tablet computers might want to visit the MyGoFlight exhibit (Booth No. 1091). The Denver-based company, which makes accessories for aviation, marine and land vehicle use, has announced several new products, including flight bags, yoke mounts and kneeboards, all designed for use with iPads and other tablets.