Essential Flight Technology and NavWorx are teaming to produce portable ADS-B In weather solutions for iOS, Android and Windows devices. With the Pads WxBox solution, pilots will be able to receive subscription-free weather reports and weather radar through Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B). The Apple iPad version of Pads WxBox from NavWorx is available for pre-order at an introductory price of $795–$100 less than the regular price–through August 1. The first devices are expected to ship by August.
Flight Display Systems introduced its upgraded Select CMS Platinum cabin management system this week at EBACE. Compared with the original Select CMS, the company said the Platinum version offers higher quality, better reliability and lower costs, and it is easier to install. The system provides high-definition with resolution up to 1080p on monitors from five to 55 inches. It also offers control through iPads, Android devices or any Web browser.
Lightweight, head-worn displays designed for military aircraft might eventually find a home in commercial cockpits as well. Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., have developed an eyewear clip-on display for use by pilots during airport surface operations, the subject of recent solicitation to industry for possible commercialization.
Hewlett-Packard signed up for the Gray Stone Advisors aviation performance dashboard two years ago, according to Rich Walsh, HP’s director of global resiliency and aviation. Walsh is a Gulfstream V captain and flies 150 to 200 hours a year. “I’m a liaison with corporate and I have accountability for the spending in this department, the variances and process improvements,” he said.
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.
The SkymasterTX digital video downlink transmitter from Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) should be interesting to military and government purchasers who require secure real-time downloading of video imagery.
IMT, a business unit of the Vitec Group, is at Booth No. 7317 to display and explain the lightweight, full-featured digital video transmitter built to address aircraft secure encryption downlink requirements. The transmitter features ARINC mounting, which allows easy moving of units from one aircraft to another.
The U.S. civil aviation community has long been supported by a host of FAA designees tasked with keeping the civil aircraft industry in motion. Despite the magnitude of the task there has never been a unifying organization to support or represent them collectively until now.
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.
Magellan Jets has updated its One-Way Leg iPhone app into the more capable Private Jet Search product. The new app lets users search for charter flights, view pricing, book the flight and sign the contract.
Earlier this month a BeechJet 400A left Fort Lauderdale’s Banyan Air Service for Argentina outfitted with the Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 Swift Broadband system. “About half our customer base is in South America, and that market is about to explode,” Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics, told AIN.