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.
Electronic flight bag
While it may seem as though Apple iPads are replacing Microsoft Windows-based electronic flight bags (EFBs) in transport category cockpits, that is not the case for Esterline CMC Electronics’ PilotView EFBs. The company is advancing EFB development with its latest product line, the Mk3 EFB, available in 8.4-, 10.4- and 12.1-inch display sizes.
DAC International is showcasing its GDC64 tablet-to-aircraft interface unit (TAIU) at the RAA convention. On May 6, the FAA granted parts manufacturer approval for the device, which feeds aircraft data to an iPad without the need for additional, costly WiFi equipment.
AOPA has released an update to its FlyQ iPad electronic flight bag app that adds ADS-B connectivity and expands Duats integration. New features in version 1.1 include ADS-B in-flight weather with support for the new Dual XGPS 170 ADS-B/Waas GPS receiver. The app also offers CSC Duats support, in addition to existing DTC Duat support, for weather information and flight-plan filing. Other enhancements include “Direct To” and “Add to Plan” buttons for flight planning, as well as in-app rental car booking through Enterprise.
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.
As Arinc Direct approaches its tenth anniversary next month, success in the Asian market has been such that the data and communications specialist has appointed a full-time Asia Pacific division director: Monte Bolt, who is based in Singapore. Bolt heads a team supporting an Asian customer base that has surpassed 200 aircraft.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Booth No. C4117) is demonstrating its flight management systems (FMS), wide area augmentation system (Waas) GPS receivers, electronic flight bags (EFBs) and portable mission displays here at Heli-Expo ‘13.
Among the avionics solutions the company is highlighting for the rotor market: its CMA-4000 single box flight management and display system, a night vision goggle-compatible system, is capable of managing radios, driving external MFDs and integrating with any set of navigation and mission sensors.
The U.S. FAA has formed an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to make recommendations by next summer on safely allowing the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) in flight. The committee will meet as in-flight entertainment and consumer electronics associations turn up the pressure to ease current restrictions on PEDs with new research on airline passenger demand.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D) has urged FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to reconsider rules restricting the use of portable electronic devices in aircraft. In a letter sent just before the Christmas break she said that it’s time the agency accepts that its regulations cause unnecessary inconvenience to travelers and are not rational.
In just two and a half years, Apple has sold more than 100 million iPad tablet computers. Airline and business jet pilots were early adopters of iPad technology, which offers powerful electronic flight bag (EFB) applications that help with preflight preparation, inflight navigation and display of charts and flight manuals.