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.
The fiery failure of a lithium-ion battery powering an Apple iPhone 4 aboard Regional Express Flight ZL319 last Friday raises the specter of potential fire hazards because of the many li-ion-powered devices carried on aircraft.
I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about the late Steve Jobs. One thing that strikes me is how strange it sounds to precede his name with “the late.” Another is how few people like him are running companies today. I believe the number might be approximately…zero.
This stunning image of the world’s tallest building–Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper–is the result of a new business alliance between Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) and Google under which SIME has become the first authorized reseller for Google Enterprise GEO in the Middle East.
International luxury carpet provider Tai Ping is offering a new line of carpet “recolored for the private aviation market.” The Boheme collection, “a glamorous interpretation of globe-trotting style…is inspired by everything from folkloric embroideries and Portuguese needlepoint to expressive brushstrokes and exuberant tie-dye patterns.”
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.