Flight operations software and services developer Navtech formed a partnership with GlobalNavSource to provide Navtech iCharts and iCharts Enroute via GlobalNavSource’s iPad electronic flight bag platform. The move, Navtech said, supports paperless operations and gives pilots broader access to charts, plates, weather and other data.
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Arinc Direct has further developed its iPad app, which was launched at the NBAA Convention last year and designed to be a low-cost electronic flight bag (EFB) solution. The Arinc Direct app will soon include a moving-map display, weather-radar feed, runway analysis and enhanced flight-planning tools.
The popular Apple iPad tablet computer, embraced by business and general aviation pilots for its numerous flight applications, low cost and ease of use, is catching on in the more structured environment of airline flight decks.
Appareo and CHC Helicopter are developing an electronic flight bag (EFB) app for the iPad. The app will help standardize CHC’s flight operations around the world, shorten accounts receivable cycles, provide more complete information for crew scheduling and maintenance and eliminate inflight paperwork. It will also provide flight crews with tools for routing, fuel planning and weight-and-balance calculations.
Very light jet air-taxi operator Linear Air received FAA approval to use iPads as electronic flight bag devices yesterday, making it the first commercial air carrier in the FAA’s Eastern region to receive such approval. “iPads in the cockpit enable Linear Air to eliminate 50 pounds of paper, allow seamless updating and more efficient handling of operational and customer service issues,” said company president and CEO William Herp.
If there is a bright spot in aviation, it has to be avionics, where development of new technologies is still accelerating.
The most fascinating change during the past year has been how consumer electronics in the form of Apple’s game-changing iPad have upended the avionics industry. Pilots are swapping their traditional electronic flight bags (EFBs) for iPads loaded with charts, moving-map displays and even airborne XM weather and synthetic vision.
American Airlines pilots said the airline received approval from the FAA last week to use Apple iPad tablet computers for digital charts and manuals in all phases of flight, including takeoff and landing, making American the first carrier to use iPads in the cockpit for expanded capability.
The U.S. Air Force has selected the EFB-Pro performance-calculating iPhone app for pilots of its fleet of C-21A Learjet 35As. Developed by Cavu Companies, EFB-Pro has long been available as Windows PC software and now runs on Apple’s iPhone and iPad without needing an Internet connection.
Flexjet submitted initial paperwork to the FAA this week seeking approval for the fractional provider’s pilots to use the iPad 2 for viewing navigational charts, aircraft publications and other flight-related documents during flight operations.