What started in David Gray’s basement a bit more than 13 years ago as Flight Display Systems will now fill an entire BBJ cabin with just about every high-tech connectivity toy and necessity a passenger could want, and they’re on display here at NBAA 2013 (Booth No. N3124).
Garmin unveiled a GPS watch, dubbed D2, designed specifically for aviators today. Features include direct-to and nearest functions; a built-in adjustable altimeter; altitude-alerting capabilities; the option to display both local and Zulu/UTC time; and the ability to integrate with Garmin’s iOS and Android Pilot apps and VIRB HD action camera. Customized data fields can also display GPS ground speed, GPS track, distance, estimated time en route, bearing and glide ratio. When used with the Pilot app, the D2 can load flight plans and create waypoints.
Boeing launched a suite of iPad apps last week directed at airline maintenance providers. The aircraft manufacturer spent more than a year developing the apps with American, Alaska and United, with the goal of delivering necessary aircraft information to maintenance technicians more quickly.
Jeppesen’s new version of its Mobile FliteDeck e-chart app for the iPad and iPad mini is now available at the Apple App Store, the company announced late last week. Mobile FliteDeck v2.1, which is compatible with both iOS 6 and the new iOS 7, further enhances pilot situational awareness and optimizes user interaction, Jeppesen said.
Boeing’s new iPad application, Maintenance Turn Time, provides access to manuals, part numbers and other information to resolve maintenance issues plane-side and collaborate with anyone with Internet access. Included are Toolbox Mobile Library (mx document access), hyperlinks between multiple manuals, Toolbox Mobile Parts with part availability, and Maintenance Turn Time, which gives technicians a secure connection to collaborate with colleagues when troubleshooting a maintenance issue.
Execjet Mobile has released its latest product, Version 4.0 of the Bizjet Mobile service, which allows passengers aboard any telecom-equipped aircraft with an onboard Wi-Fi network to send and receive text messages and emails.
Android-based devices are the least secure platforms for pilot electronic flight bags and onboard entertainment systems, according to EFB and cabin avionics solutions provider Allegient Systems. The company cited a recent DHS/FBI study showing that 79 percent of mobile device malware/viruses are for the Google Android operating system, due to its market share and open-source architecture.
Pentastar Aviation’s new Class 1 iPad mount is a simple and effective way to secure an iPad for cockpit use. The new mount is made of a thick piece of injection-molded plastic, topped by simple one-turn locking cams that hold the iPad firmly and safely. The mount attaches to a smooth, flat surface such as a window with a large suction cup.
Gulfstream Aerospace launched an iPhone- and iPad-compatible application that provides customers with access to its worldwide product support network. The 24-hour support app serves as a source for direct access to Gulfstream technical operations, 19 company-owned and -authorized service centers, 13 company-authorized warranty facilities, 43 field service representatives, spare part sales and other key contacts. The app includes phone and fax numbers, email addresses, location information and operating hours.
This week at LABACE, Execjet Mobile announced the release of the latest version (4.0) of its Bizjet Mobile service, which allows passengers aboard any telecom-equipped aircraft with an onboard Wi-Fi network to send and receive text messages and emails. Bizjet Mobile 4.0 requires that one Apple iPad mini be set up to run the app, which creates its own Bluetooth/Wi-Fi network that other Apple devices can then access. Anyone on board can tap into that network to send text messages of up to 600 characters and emails of up to 1,500 characters (without attachments).