Execjet Mobile, of Scottsdale, Ariz. (Booth No. 706), is enticing NBAA’12 attendees to its exhibit by offering an iPad Mini giveaway if they’ll stay to hear about the company’s new communication platform, Bizjet Mobile. The product uses an existing onboard smartphone, iPad or Android device’s Bluetooth plus Iridium technology to send and receive emails and text messages worldwide.
Apple iPads continue to flood cockpits, from ultralights to airliners, and here at NBAA ’12, several companies are offering mounts for the popular electronic tablets.
Hilton Software (Booth No. 3064) has added key new features to its WingX Pro 7 iPad moving-map software, including integration with the X-Plane flight simulator and a terrain and obstacle ground proximity warning system (GPWS) that includes a terrain profile. The GPWS also provides a look-ahead function to warn pilots of impending impact with terrain or obstacles.
ATP is offering the HubConnect document management app and mobile service for the iPad. The app and the mobile service combine ATP’s single-source aircraft aviation document databases with the iPad’s portability. Using the HubConnect app and the HubConnect mobile service, subscribers have instant mobile access to ATP’s library of maintenance publications, regulatory documents and pilot operating handbooks.
The popular ForeFlight iPad moving-map application and X-Plane personal computer-based simulator now can be integrated to display X-Plane’s simulated aircraft position on the app’s moving map. This is a significant improvement that allows pilots to practice using the ForeFlight app while flying X-Plane, instead of trying to learn how to use the app in the air when they should be looking outside.
ATP has introduced its new HubConnect document management pplication and mobile service for the iPad. The app combines the power of ATP’s single-source knowledge services with the portability of the iPad.
An iPad app version of Cessna’s Citation Performance Calculator (CPCalc) is now available at the iTunes Store. The app is available for all current-production Citations, as well as many out-of-production Citations. CPCalc calculates takeoff and landing data and also helps determine engine-out performance. A PC version of the program is FAA approved, and Cessna is in the process of obtaining similar approval for the CPCalc iPad app.
Rockwell Collins released an iPad app for its Airshow moving-map system. It allows existing Airshow 4000 or Venue HD cabin management system users to interactively “view the world around them and stay informed during their journey.” A panoramic view allows passengers to see a moving map of the outside world from any direction the iPad is pointed.
Bendix/King has released its first new avionics product since the Honeywell division moved to Albuquerque, N.M., and began revitalizing the once-iconic avionics brand under the leadership of president Kevin Gould. The new $2,300 KMA 30 audio panel signals that Bendix/King is serious about new avionics to serve the general aviation market.
BizjetMobile, a new software app from Exec Jet Mobile, allows passengers with Bluetooth and Apple products to use an installed Aircell/Iridium phone to send and receive SMS text and SMS e-mail to and from an iPhone or iPad.
The price tag of $35,000 includes an iPad, the hardware, app and 24/7 tech support. The unlimited text and e-mail plan costs a relatively low $699 a month.