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.
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.
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.
Sennheiser introduced its new S1 NoiseGard headset at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, completing the S1 model lineup, which includes the ANR S1 Digital introduced two years ago and the S1 Passive released last year. The three headsets share design features and, said Sennheiser’s Christian Pulm, “as demand changes, there’s an S1 for every scenario.”
MyGoFlight has solved a vexing problem for iPad users: how to present the information on the iPad’s screen in a way that the pilot can best view that information. The new MyGoFlight Sight Line Display (SLD), introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is a separate display that can be mounted on a glareshield, while the iPad that feeds the SLD is located on a kneeboard or somewhere where it doesn’t get in the way. This also solves the problem of overheating iPads, which can shut down if kept in direct sunlight or warm areas. The SLD operates from zero to 140 degrees F.
Business jet operators needing FAA approval to use Apple’s iPad running the ForeFlight mobile app can now sign up for Sporty’s Easy Approval system. For $799, the Sporty’s team will help jet operators governed by Part 91F, 91K or 135 gain FAA approval to use ForeFlight on an iPad as an electronic flight bag (EFB). Included in the price are documentation, training, iPad testing and operational guidance. The training includes Sporty’s “Flying with ForeFlight” video.
Engine monitoring services company Jet-Care announced at EBACE it has received in excess of 50,000 engine trend data sets via its iECHO GPA iPad app since introducing it at the 2011 NBAA Convention. iECHO enables pilots to gather data during steady state cruise and, once a connection is made, send the data directly to Jet-Care for processing and evaluation. Receiving the data on a flight-by-flight basis enables Jet-Care to notify the operator of any trend changes more quickly.
Engine monitoring services company Jet-Care (Booth 539) announced at EBACE it has received in excess of 50,000 engine trend data sets via its iECHO GPA iPad app since introducing it at the 2011 NBAA convention. The app is a logical extension of pilots’ increasing use of iPads as electronic flight bags.
Zurich-based aviation services provider ExecuJet Europe has launched an iPad app for its aircraft management customers and is demonstrating it to EBACE visitors at Booth 851. The app, called myExecuJet, enables customers to locate their aircraft and access information such as fuel consumption, schedules and crew.
Although Francois Lassale, managing director at Vortex FSM, believes iPads are the future for every cockpit, he also thinks implementation of the new products has been rushed since deliveries began three years ago. Therein lies a threat. “I think the FAA and EASA have been caught off guard and simply rushed to catch up,” he said.