One man and his team think they may have an answer to the problem of over-reliance on automation by pilots who are insufficiently trained to handle an aircraft when the technology falters.
AviIT’s eMan Solution team is eager to show Heli-Expo ’13 attendees the versatility of its eMan framework, which provides efficient distribution of technical publications for maintenance professionals. The software infrastructure has the ability to cut operating costs for librarians, IT departments and maintenance technicians servicing aircraft.
FOCUS on…APPS FOR AVIATION Location, communication and safety management were buzz words among the newest batch of app-makers at the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. Helicopter Association International led off the bunch with an app to help you find exhibitors, and find out about them, too. But that was just their convention app. The organization has also turned its Helicopter Annual printed industry directory into HAI Mobile, a smartphone app that gives instant access to the entire database, in its most current form. The app also links to FAA databases for up-to-date Notams and regulations.
Did you know your Apple iPod touch can be turned into a rugged mobile computer? Just plug the iPod touch into Magellan’s ToughCase, and your mobile device gains a GPS, protection from the elements and even protection from damage when dropped.
The ToughCase sold for about $200 when it was introduced but is now available from Magellan for $79. It includes a 1840 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery that extends the iPod battery life and recharges the iPod’s battery.
Lufthansa Technik of Germany presented its new “Innovation Corner” at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, featuring prominently its next-generation “Nice HD” cabin management and in-flight entertainment system.
Internet aviation information provider Globalair.com announced the debut of FBO Fuel Prices, its first real-time iPhone and iPad application designed specifically for locating FBOs with the most competitive fuel prices. Based on user-sortable criteria, the app searches for locations and generates a map and a list of the area airports reporting fuel.
ForeFlight has added geo-referenced approach plates and airport diagrams to its Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch application. The new ForeFlight HD Pro costs $149.99 per year and includes geo-referenced charts and airport diagrams provided by Seattle Avionics. ForeFlight HD subscribers can upgrade and receive credit for remaining HD subscriptions.
Aviation insurer Global Aerospace of London announced the launch of its FlightDeck iPhone/iPad app at Heli-Expo 2011, enabling users to access the company’s insurance services via these mobile devices. Global Aerospace is demonstrating the app throughout the convention at its booth (No. 823).
Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 219) has teamed with aviation software application developer ForeFlight to offer the first implementation of UVTripPlanner specifically for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch.