This week at NBAA 2017, FDS Avionics is highlighting its interactive moving map, which is now available for the first time as a stand-alone product. The moving map had been available previously as part of the company’s do Capsule IFE platform. Offered in 2D and 3D versions, the system is interactive, allowing users to zoom in on labeled points of interest using their portable electronic devices. “In the 3D version it’s almost like a game,” noted Dave Dodson the company’s director of marketing. “You can see the mountains and it’s not just a flat surface that you’re flying over, you’re sort of in the map.”
Through the company’s Glass Cabin augmented reality application, users can move their device in any direction and look through the shell of the aircraft to explore cities, towns and terrain features. They can tap on areas to reveal pop-up images and unique, content rich descriptions, and through screen management features can explore the entire globe. Customers can also request customization to include their own specific areas of interest at higher resolution.
“Our new do 3D and do 2D moving maps have quickly become an incredibly popular and engaging form of passenger entertainment,” said company CEO Reed Macdonald. “FDS is continuously investing in leading technology solutions that enhance the passenger experience. Out moving maps provide a best-in-class user interface for new aircraft and are an easy upgrade for legacy aircraft with obsolete maps.” FDS will be demonstrating the system at its booth (N6108).
The Georgia-based company has also partnered with IFE content provider Global Eagle to offer airline-quality entertainment packages through its do Capsule wireless streaming IFE platform. Once the $40,000 system is installed in the aircraft, it provides two slots—one for operator-selected content, such as training videos or a private DVD collection; the other is reserved for a solid-state drive containing tiered content, allowing up to 22 passengers to simultaneously navigate and enjoy hundreds of recent-run HD movies and television shows in seconds, without having to rely on downloads.
As part of a subscription package, the content will automatically refresh every month. The company is now accepting orders for the start of service in December.