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.
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.
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.
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.
Virtually none of the growth in the general aviation field in the next decade will happen in the U.S. A certain business jet company is bound to go under or be acquired. A forthcoming aircraft model will be a flop.
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.
JetCorp Technical Services of Chesterfield, Mo., has received an STC for the Aircell cabin telecommunications router (CTR) on a Challenger 300. Installation and certification of the CTR provides in-cabin Wi-Fi capability for Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet connection.
Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics formed a 50-50 joint venture in executive/VIP cabin electronics, and the new company–IDair–made its trade-show debut last month at Ebace. The backbone of the IDair system is a combination of the Panasonic eX2 with components from Lufthansa Technik’s networked, integrated cabin equipment (Nice) system.
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.