Designed to facilitate productivity on the go, laptops and PDAs come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit various computing needs. Some version of Microsoft Windows comes standard with almost all laptops, but if you’re a Mac user your only choices are Apple iBooks and PowerBooks loaded with Macintosh OS X.
Following the wide acceptance of portable cockpit computers (even by the FAA), there comes news of wearable hardware for aircraft maintenance personnel and pilots. Aviation Automation, a startup company based in Arlington, Texas, offers a line of portable computers and electronic flight bags (EFBs) that can be secured to the user’s hip and connected to tiny head-mounted displays.
CMC Electronics (Hall 3, Stand D7) is introducing a so-called “portable mission display” for military aircraft called TacView that will do for armed-forces pilots what electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers do for civilian fliers.
An electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computer that’s about as thin as a pencil and can run for days on a single charge? That is the aim of Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc, which introduced its eFlyBook EFB to rave reviews at EAA’s AirVenture in late July. Unlike laptop computer screens, the eFlyBook display stays sharp, clear and legible under all cockpit lighting, even direct sunlight, Arinc claims.