Sunday, February 13, 2011

iPad receives FAA certification as an electronic flight bag

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Jeppesen, the company that produces most of the paper and electronic
"Jepp charts" used by pilots for preflight planning and inflight
navigation, announced late last week that jet charter operator
Executive Jet Management has received authorization from the Federal
Aviation Administration to use the Jeppesen Mobile TC App for iPad as
an alternative to paper charts.

According to online aviation website AvStop, this authorization allows
Executive Jet Management to use the app and iPad as the sole reference
for electronic charts at all times during a flight. Jeppesen,
Executive Jet Management, and local and national Electronic Flight Bag
authorization authorities recently completed a three-month inflight
evaluation of the iPad-based solution. During the evaluation, pilots
for the charter operator logged more than 250 flight segments using
the app.

The configuration that was authorized by the FAA is a Class 1 portable
kneeboard electronic flight bag solution, meaning that the iPad needs
to be secured and viewable during critical flight phases. The iPad
tests even included a rapid decompression test to 51,000 feet in
altitude and successful non-interference testing on the evaluation
aircraft.

While the authorization is only for one jet charter operator, this
could signal a move for rapid acceptance of the iPad in the cockpit by
airlines.

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