Frontier Airlines has become the first Part 121 airline approved to use iPad EFBs running the ForeFlight Mobile app for all phases of flight, under FAA OpSpec A061. As is typical with commercial users of iPad EFBs, the FAA will not allow the Frontier pilots to turn on the own-ship position switch in ForeFlight Mobile. They will be able to use ForeFlight’s hazard and weather map overlays, en route charts, approach charts and airport diagrams as well as ForeFlight’s document-storage feature to access safety publications and other materials.
Blue Sky Network’s portable HawkEyeLink Bluetooth interface is now able to transmit electronic forms such as a flight plan, a passenger manifest or a maintenance request. HawkEyeLink enables Blue Sky Network’s D1000 Iridium/GSM transceiver (originally designed for the operator to track its helicopters) to connect to iOS devices (iPhone and iPad). The new capability allows users to download forms to the iOS device at the operator’s base via Wi-Fi, and then complete and transmit them in flight.
FlightSafety International (FSI) has added two companies to its Extended Advantage program, which provides FlightSafety customers with special access and pricing for partner company products. The new companies are Aeronautical Data Systems (ADS), which makes a bundle of oxygen- and fuel-management programs, and ForeFlight, developer of the ForeFlight Mobile iPad app.
Rockwell Collins introduced Airshow 500, which it claims is the first “3-D moving map system” for light business jets. The new system is a modernized, lighter weight drop-in replacement for the Airshow 410. It provides on-aircraft control of a wide variety of options and is compatible with legacy monitors as well as newer widescreen monitors with digital inputs. Airshow 500 is also available in a flange-mount option to meet any aircraft installation requirement. It is compatible with the Rockwell Collins Airshow interactive app for the iPad.
Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) released version one of its new iPad app based on the original airplane upset and recovery training aid. The app is designed to make studying the issues surrounding loss of control in flight as convenient as possible. The app includes eight separate modules covering the basics of upset prevention and recovery training, aerodynamics, causes of upsets and recovery techniques.
Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 9806) announced at NBAA 2013 enhancements to its Ascend Flight Manager app for the iPad that enables performance-based fight planning and dynamic flight tracking for Regional Trip Support subscribers. The Ascend Flight Manager app is now available at the Apple App Store.
Honeywell added a new feature to its Ovation Select cabin management system that allows flight attendants or passengers to control entertainment and cabin comfort settings from a Samsung smartphone. The system can already be operated using an iPhone, iPad or other tablet devices. The control units allow users to scroll easily through moving-map display options or to change cabin lighting and temperature settings.
The Rosen iPad Mount from Rosen Sunvisor Systems (Booth No. C7913) is making its NBAA debut here at the NBAA 2013. The system clamps on any visor monorail system 5/16” or smaller, allowing pilots to position iPads running aviation navigation apps for easy viewing above the glare shield.
“Everyone wants an iPad mount. We’re adjusting to demand,” said Scott Fowler, director of sales and marketing for the Eugene, Ore.-based company.
SimCom Training Centers (Booth No. N4907) announced at NBAA 2013 that it is using the Cygnus tool from Redbird Flight Simulations to link any aviation or navigation app running on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to a simulator. The “location” of the aircraft being flown in the simulator is passed to the portable device as if it were in an actual aircraft.
“We believe pilots should train the way they fly,” said Eric Hanson, president of Orlando, Fla.-based SimCom. “Cygnus allows SimCom customers to use GPS-enabled tablets in the same way they do in their aircraft.”
FlightSafety International is here at NBAA 2013 displaying the latest step forward in its quest for truly realistic flight simulation: the Vital 1100 visual system (see it at Booth No. N1921).
Dan Myers, FlightSafety’s director of marketing for visual simulation systems, told AIN that development of the Vital 1100 came about following extensive feedback from FlightSafety customers. “We were able to provide a high-end, quality product in the previous Vital system, but customers would often suggest, ‘what if you did this?’ Our engineers ran with that,” said Myers.