EASA has released a software evaluation report covering the use of Jeppesen apps running on Apple iPads used as electronic flight bags (EFBs). The report outlines a clear path for operators based in EASA’s jurisdiction to seek approval from local regulators for use of iPad EFBs with Jeppesen Mobile TC Pro and FliteDeck Pro apps.
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Airbus (Booth No. 2128) is offering iPad-based electronic flight bags (EFBs) for Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) aircraft. ACJ chief pilot Robin Pursey said the new EFB delivers more accurate V-speeds and better takeoff weight calculations. “The EFB is essential in today’s world,” Pursey said. “Paper charts are no longer of any value.”
Pursey said the iPad was the ideal platform for EFB data because of its compact size and superior graphics compared to a traditional laptop EFB. Data for the ACJ EFB can be loaded through the Airbus Flight Smart system.
Three popular Apple iPad applications were central to the first of several education sessions dedicated to the iPad-based electronic flight bag (EFB) at NBAA’12. Speakers featuring Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck, ForeFlight Mobile and WingX Pro 7 all had their time at the podium offering information on how the products can enhance flight safety and efficiency across the business aviation fleet.
Esterline CMC Electronics is asking NBAA attendees for feedback on its latest development, a touchscreen control and voice recognition system for its SmartDeck avionics suite. CMC is also showing its newest electronic flight bag (EFB) technology, which includes the ability to share flight plans and aircraft data with Apple iPads using CMC’s Tandem system.
Acknowledging the pervasiveness of personal electronic devices (PEDs) such as tablet computers and electronic readers, the U.S. FAA will form an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to study airline procedures governing their use in flight and to issue recommendations on the potential for relaxing the restrictions. Scheduled to convene this autumn, the ARC will consist of representatives from the “mobile technology” and aviation manufacturing industries and groups representing airlines, pilots, flight attendants and passengers.
NBAA’s Operations Service group published a document for members on July 24 designed to help flight crews and bizjet operators better understand the requirements to bring an EFB–such as the iPad–into the cockpit as a replacement for paper charts. iPads in the cockpit operate on apps such as Jeppesen’s Mobile FD.
The Aircraft Electronics Association has begun distributing its free updated Pilot’s Guide to Avionics, which helps avionics buyers understand new technology and find qualified avionics shops for installations and repairs. This year’s guide covers new avionics, training, combined vision systems, electronic engine instruments, the growing use of touchscreens in cockpit displays, ADS-B, electronic flight bags, tablet computers, Waas GPS and audio panels. Free copies of the guide can be picked up at tradeshows or are available by request at www.aeapilotsguide.net.
Pentastar Aviation’s new iPad yoke mount for business jets allows pilots to view the iPad in landscape or portrait mode. The viewing angle is also adjustable, and the iPad can be stowed above the yoke in portrait mode. Adapted from Pentastar’s electronic flight bag (EFB) yoke mount, the new mount will be available for Gulfstream jets first, followed by other models under an approved model list supplemental type certificate.
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Fifteen years after provision of the first electronic flight bags (EFBs), airlines will soon be able to download the first Airbus aircraft performance-calculating applications for pilots to use with their iPads. Part of the “FlySmart with Airbus” range, the applications will offer an alternative to PC-operating system EFBs, claims the manufacturer.