Believe it or not, there’s a pilot shortage out there, not in the U.S. or Europe, but in Asia, where a flourishing airline business needs first officers, and lots of them.
DAC International has entered the EFB fray with the “Gen-X” electronic flight bag, a product that the company touts as unique because it is constructed to professional-grade avionics standards yet carries an uninstalled list price of less than $10,000.
Jeppesen and Rockwell Collins have teamed up to offer a customer-focused, flexible electronic flight bag (EFB) to airline and military operators. The agreement between the two companies allows them to provide compatible EFB solutions that may include all or part of Jeppesen’s software and data offerings with all or part of Rockwell Collins hardware, software, service and support offerings.
An alliance between Jeppesen and CMC electronics will integrate Jepp’s software, data and applications into CMC’s second-generation PilotView class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB).
Meanwhile, a separate satellite communications antenna deal with Japan Airlines highlights the Canadian company’s continuing advances in the field of air transport avionics.
Exalit of Zurich, Switzerland, offers an electronic flight bag (EFB) starting at $10,000. The system includes a base unit of 4.75 pounds and two display units of the customer’s choice. The D800 has a high luminescent 10.4-inch XGA screen (3.6 pounds) that displays Jeppesen charts at full size, while the smaller D350 has a space-saving 8.4-inch XGA screen and weighs 2.1 pounds. The system is also on display at the Jeppesen exhibit (Booth No.
Jeppesen has announced the addition of three more airlines to the growing list of carriers that are moving away from paper in favor of electronic navigation charts.
Aviall, one of the largest independent suppliers of new parts for business, government and commercial aircraft, is being acquired by Boeing. The Chicago-headquartered OEM announced yesterday that it had reached an agreement to buy Aviall for $1.7 billion and operate the company under its current name as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
Pentastar Aviation of Waterford, Michigan, has gained supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for dual installations of CMC Electronics’ PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers in the Gulfstream G100, G150, GII, GII, III, GIV GV and GV-SP business jets and Dassault Falcon 2000/2000EX. The STC also covers the Westwind, Astra and Astra SPX.
British pilots are pushing for true headings to replace degrees magnetic when expressing aircraft direction and bearing. The British Airline Pilots Association and the Royal Institute of Navigation are working to persuade authorities to replace the magnetic reference system because they believe true headings are more accurate and are more cost effective operationally.
Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) now offers the capability of class 3 electronic flight bag data along with its glass cockpit upgrades, such as last month’s STC for the 10-inch and 15-inch cockpit/IP flat-panel display system in the Pilatus PC-12.
IS&S is demonstrating the EFB’s full-color operation at Booth No. 1253.