The FAA delivered some good news in a proposed rule change that will free operators from the burden of needing mechanics to update onboard navigation databases. Under the current rules, nav data updating is classified as preventive maintenance. While pilots operating under Part 91 are permitted to update nav databases (and perform any kind of preventive maintenance), the FAA does not allow Part 135 pilots the same latitude.
At the DTC Duat Services booth (No. C11236), NBAA attendees can check out the free DTC iPhone/iPad app, which provides mobile access to features such as flight planning and filing, weather briefing and graphics and a convenient way to check for TFRs before takeoff.
Apple’s iPad tablet computer is only about a year-and-a-half old, and in a short period of time it has exploded into aviation, unleashing a furious expenditure of creative energy by developers of applications for the compact and powerful portable device. Apps range from preflight performance calculators to flight planners and in-flight moving maps.
Visitors to this year’s NBAA show can wave goodbye to sore shoulders with a brand new app from SmartBag. The company’s new Digital Tradeshow Bag uses Quick Response (QR) code technology, which enables iPhone users to scan icons displayed on participating booths. Attendees can then download exhibitors’ marketing materials directly to their own devices.
NationAir Aviation Insurance has debuted a free iPad/iPhone app that gives clients one-touch access to its brokers, account executives and risk-management partners. The app, which can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store, also includes a claims checklist and allows clients to begin the claims process right from the app in the event of an accident or incident.
Business aircraft and helicopter operators can explore the new look and feel of the SkyBooks maintenance tracking and flight operations software at Booth No. C12346. Launched in 2004 and acquired by Bell Helicopter in 2008, SkyBooks recently upgraded its aviation management solutions software with a new graphical interface, easier report access and a faster internal document vault.
VT Miltope is featuring, here at the NBAA show, a network product family with the functionality to create custom airborne systems in the same way business office networks are created. The company, with headquarters in Hope Hull, Ala., is part of VT Systems and a subsidiary of ST Engineering.
Thrane & Thrane recently introduced its Aviator wireless handset, a device designed to work with the Danish satcom specialist’s Aviator SwiftBroadband system. The pairing allows users to receive in-flight calls, so pilots can contact the ground and passengers can make personal and business calls.
MRO facility Duncan Aviation has developed a free application for the Apple iPad designed to improve access to information about the company’s service locations, contact information and department listings.
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