Jeppesen wasn't the first to offer an iPad app to the aviation market, but its Mobile TC app was worth the wait. Released at the end of last July, heavy downloading of the app caused overload of Jeppesen servers, which the company quickly corrected.
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Signature Flight Support launched iFBO, a new iPhone application to provide customers with handheld access to key flight-planning and service information. The free iFBO App can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes store for the iPhone and iPad. It includes three key functionalities: a fuel calculator, a Signature location database and a favorites section.
Flight Display Systems has gone Hollywood, in a manner of speaking. To be more specific, the Alpharetta, Ga.-based cabin entertainment specialist provided a 42-inch, high-definition, LCD widescreen monitor for the recently completed Gulfstream III cabin of a Hollywood producer.
Jeppesen Mobile TC, a free iPad application that the company recently launched, allows anyone with a Jeppview electronic chart (paid) subscription to access terminal charts via the Apple e-reader. The application is not currently available on the iPhone or iPod Touch, even though these devices share the iPad’s operating system. Download and installation can be done seamlessly via Apple iTunes App Store on a PC or the App Store on the iPad.
Apple’s new iPad tablet computer is enjoying instant popularity, with more than two million of the $499-and-up units selling since deliveries began in early April. The iPad has also garnered serious interest from the aviation community, as a tool for preflight planning and in-flight moving-map display.
Embraer has selected Honeywell’s Ovation Select cabin management system for the Brazilian OEM’s new mid-light Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 business jets.
The choice was announced here Monday by both companies. No value was placed on the contract. The new Legacy programs were launched in 2008. The Legacy 500 is expected to enter service in the second half of 2012 and the Legacy 450 in the second half of 2013.
Rockwell Collins’ Venue high-definition cabin management system (CMS) was recently awarded the Red Dot Design award and the Industrial Designers Society of America Northwest Design Invitation award for high-quality design. The announcements were made here on Monday. Rockwell Collins (Booth No.
Guardian Trax Mobile, a mobile phone and PDA-based application for receiving position data from aircraft with Guardian Skytrax flight-following devices aboard, is the centerpiece of Guardian Mobility’s Heli-Expo’09 booth (No. 3181). Trax Mobile, being introduced this week in Anaheim, enables anyone anywhere with cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity to locate and track their aircraft.
Honeywell has launched its redesigned Ovation Select cabin management system, a package that “seamlessly integrates entertainment and connectivity technology through a simple and intuitive passenger interface.”
The user interface was designed to allow the passenger to stay “connected,” whether it is via BlackBerry, laptop, MP3 player, video-capable iPod, XM Radio or watching a movie from the high-definition Blu-ray DVD player.
International Communications Group (ICG) last month announced that its NxtMail Over Iridium global e-mail services will now be available to users of Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry smartphones and Apple’s iPhone. To support the services, ICG has introduced an Iridium satcom server capable of providing the wireless link enabling BlackBerry and iPhone users simply to walk onto the airplane and start sending and receiving e-mail.