Cincinnati, Ohio-based Sporty’s Pilot Shop (Booth 1357) is highlighting at NBAA 2014 its Sporty’s Easy Approval program for iPad use for Part 91F and Part 135 operators. The program is a simple solution for FAA approvals of iPads as an electronic flight bag (EFB) and paper chart replacement using the ForeFlight Mobile app.
For flight operations with multiple-aircraft fleets and pilots that use iPad electronic flight bags (EFBs), app developer ForeFlight (Booth 4645) has integrated its ForeFlight Mobile iPad app with Comply365’s MyMobile365 dashboard. Comply365 specializes in enterprise optimization, and the dashboard helps fleet operators manage iPad deployment for groups of users.
Blue Sky Network (Booth 3479) of La Jolla, Calif., is showing its entire line of satellite communications technologies here at NBAA 2014, including two new communication products: HawkEye 7200 and Iridium Go!
HawkEye 7200, the company’s new portable satcom with Bluetooth support for sending forms from electronic flight bags (EFBs), is now in production. Post-beta test development incorporated feedback from users, resulting in a device that has received U. S. Forest Service approval for automated flight following.
NASA formally delivered new technologies designed to help pilots in the Alaskan wilderness make better flight decisions, especially when disconnected from the Internet, telephone, flight services and other data sources. Peter Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and the facility’s aeronautics director, Thomas Edwards, met with Alaskan officials on October 6 to detail the system known as Traffic and Atmospheric Information for General Aviation (Taiga), a collection of open-source algorithms, concepts and data.
The FAA has issued Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) an amendment to the Part 25 approved model list (AML) STC for its flyTab Class 2 iPad EFB installation, adding the Bombardier Dash 8-100/200/300 and Q400 to the STC. The AML STC is available for both U.S. and Canadian operators of the types covered by the STC. ASIG’s eXtreme Flight Bag (XFB) system adds more rugged components to the mounting system for iPads in cockpits.
Jeppesen quickly responded to the September 5 alert about the unscheduled September 4 JeppFD iPad update that reportedly destroyed the application’s terminal approach charts in the process of adding new data. The error occurred when the “update in progress” message appeared on the update screen. Jeppesen told NBAA on September 6 that the update was actually intended for the demonstration side of the JeppFD system and was released in error.
SiriusXM’s new SXAR1 receiver simplifies delivery of SiriusXM weather and radio products to iPads. The battery-powered receiver connects wirelessly with one iPad via Bluetooth and can also connect simultaneously to a Bluetooth audio-enabled headset. SiriusXM weather subscriptions range from $34.99 to $99.99 per month and offer access to high-resolution radar with echo tops, satellite imagery, lightning strikes, Metars, TAFs, Pireps, TFRs and other products that vary with the subscription level.
Dassault Aviation has tapped Esoteric, a New York City-based provider of cockpit and cabin USB chargers, to supply its new SkyDock line of USB chargers for Falcons. Installations will begin later this year.
Regional fractional aircraft provider Executive AirShare received temporary FAA authorization to use the Apple iPad Mini as a Class 1 electronic flight bag (EFB) in its fleet of Learjet 45XRs, Phenom 100s and 300s and King Airs. This authorization is the first step needed to gain full authority for paperless cockpits, which is expected in the first quarter of next year. With the provisional approval, Executive AirShare pilots can perform basic and advanced functions previously performed using paper documents, but flight crews must still carry printed charts as a backup.
Gulfstream Aerospace launched a new iOS app that allows customers to peruse the company’s pre-owned aircraft inventory on an iPad or iPhone. The Gulfstream Pre-owned Aircraft Sales app offers real-time inventory listings with interior and exterior photographs; detailed aircraft information, including flight hours and landings; the aircraft’s entry-into-service date; and pricing. Push notifications alert customers when a listing changes status.
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