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.
Electronic flight bag
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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.
Esterline CMC Electronics has something new to show Farnborough International Airshow visitors, a touchscreen display that is part of CMC’s new Cockpit 4000 Next Gen, a technology demonstrator for future military training and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance attack aircraft.
The last Bombardier Global Express XRS was delivered in the first quarter, and so was the first of the Canadian manufacturer’s latest-generation long-range large-cabin jets, the Global 6000. The 6000 replaces the XRS, and the 5000 is a shorter version of the original Global Express with many improvements that were also incorporated on the Global 6000.
The FAA’s release of an updated Advisory Circular 120-76B covering electronic flight bag (EFB) guidelines is raising concerns about possible increased scrutiny of Part 91 Subpart F operators of business jets that weigh more than 12,500 pounds.
The FAA released Advisory Circular 120-76B late last week, updating the “Guidelines for the Certification, Airworthiness and Operational Use of Portable Electronic Flight Bags.” Naturally, much of the interest surrounding the updated AC involves how it applies to tablet computers such as the Apple iPad, which has gained a huge following among pilots in all segments of aviation.
Few product categories in aviation hold more promise or engender more confusion than electronic flight bags (EFBs), and few venues provide a better opportunity to sort out fact from fiction than here at EBACE. Copenhagen-based International Flight Support (IFS, Stand 2303) is among the exhibitors ready to provide attendees with guidance on EFB solutions.
When asked, “Why an app, and why now?” James Hardie, Arinc Direct’s director for the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, responded, “Once we realized that more than 50 percent of our subscriber base was already using the [Apple] iPad as an electronic flight bag in the cockpit, we knew that we could provide more up-to-date information, automatically, through our own app, whenever it is connected via the Internet to our servers.”
Connectors Deliver More Data to iPads
The growing popularity of Apple’s iPad as a Class 1 electronic flight bag (EFB) has captured the interest of avionics manufacturers, and at last month’s Aircraft Electronics Association show two new devices that connect iPads to aircraft data were unveiled.