In 1890, Louis Glass and William Arnold invented the nickel-in-the-slot phonograph, or as those who grew up in the 1960s might remember it, the jukebox. Cabin electronics supplier Flight Display Systems (Booth 1925) has reintroduced that icon of music history by the same name–the Jet Jukebox–but with a lot of new bells and whistles, not to mention a monster server with 500 gigabytes of storage.
Rolls-Royce has launched a new mobile technical publications service for the BR725 engine that powers the Gulfstream G650.
Engine monitoring services company Jet-Care (Booth 539) announced at EBACE it has received in excess of 50,000 engine trend data sets via its iECHO GPA iPad app since introducing it at the 2011 NBAA convention. The app is a logical extension of pilots’ increasing use of iPads as electronic flight bags.
Honeywell is making flying the Pilatus PC-12 NG easier with four new iPad apps optimized for the big single-engine turboprop. The apps cover maintenance and operational solutions and is to be available in Apple’s App Store in July, although the myGDC app is already available, with an updated version coming in July. More information is available at Honeywell’s EBACE exhibit (Booth 487).
DAC International has received FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) for its GDC64 tablet aircraft interface unit (TAIU). The unit serves two functions: to provide the correct power supply to recharge Apple iPad tablet computers; and to safely connect iPads to aircraft sensors to supply useful data to iPad applications. The GDC64 is hard-wired to the aircraft and doesn’t rely on wireless connectivity.
Rockwell Collins is at EBACE (Booth 423) with its latest offerings, featuring the Venue HD cabin management system (CMS) and the most recent interface innovations–Airshow 3-D moving map, Apple-enabling Skybox, the Paves family of in-flight entertainment (IFE) and an HGS flight app.
Although Francois Lassale, managing director at Vortex FSM, believes iPads are the future for every cockpit, he also thinks implementation of the new products has been rushed since deliveries began three years ago. Therein lies a threat. “I think the FAA and EASA have been caught off guard and simply rushed to catch up,” he said.
Deohako’s iPad mounting system offers a solid and secure method of protecting and attaching iPads in the cockpit. But the Austin, Texas-based company’s iPad mini product needs some refinements to make it more suitable for cockpits.
Flight operations specialist Francois Lassale brings up a good point in a recent issue of AINSafety, that “the unit’s simplicity means training on the iPad and its use in the cockpit is seldom given much thought.” Lassale is absolutely right, and his views should extend to the use of any device or product that pilots bring into cockpits to help with their flying tasks.
Flight operations specialist François Lassale, managing director of Vortex FSM, has cast doubt on the wisdom of pilots’ depending on iPads in the cockpit. “Some operators are so caught up in iPad fever they’re not thinking about the complexities the units add to flight operations when they’re used in the cockpit,” he told AIN.