Skip to comments.FAA authorizes use of Jeppesen app on iPad to replace paper aeronautical charts
Posted on 02/16/2011 4:12:53 PM PST by Swordmaker
Jeppesen today announced that 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 aeronautical charts. The authorization allows Executive Jet Management to use iPad and the Jeppesen Mobile TC App as the sole reference for electronic charts, even during taxi, takeoff and landing. Executive Jet Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of NetJets Inc., is a leading provider of worldwide jet charter and aircraft management services.
This announcement is a result of a three-month extensive in-flight evaluation managed by Executive Jet Management and Jeppesen with regular engagement of the FAA (including local and national Electronic Flight Bag authorization authorities). The cross-industry collaboration sets an important precedent for the aviation community. Lessons learned, processes established, and templates developed during this project may benefit other companies seeking to deploy EFB solutions on iPad.
The exceptional collaboration between operator, supplier and the FAA was remarkable, said Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen president and chief executive officer, in the press release. This serves as a model for how the FAA can be engaged in working through a challenge and defining a solution that moves the industry forward safely and efficiently. Executive Jet Managements role was critical to the success of this project. They possess the necessary skills, credibility and EFB experience to help all parties understand, from an operators perspective, the unique issues and benefits related to using iPad in flight.
The Jeppesen Mobile TC App and iPad were thoroughly evaluated by Executive Jet Management pilots who logged more than 250 flight segments. Pilots participating in the evaluation reported that they were particularly pleased with the Apps ease of use, simplicity to manage, speed and display clarity. As a result of the full analysis, enhancements to crew procedures, training updates and software improvements were included in the Jeppesen Mobile TC App version 1.2, released last month.
The authorized EFB configuration is a Class 1 portable, kneeboard EFB solution that is secured and viewable during critical phases of flight as defined in FAA Order 8900.1. Information obtained from this evaluation will also be useful in gaining future authorization for Class 2 mounted configurations utilizing iPad.
Executive Jet Management was pleased to collaborate with Jeppesen and the FAA on this leading-edge iPad EFB solution and to support the introduction of this technology to the industry, said Executive Jet Management President Robert Garrymore, in the press release. The collaboration with Jeppesen and the FAA was key in making this innovation possible and we are proud to be a part of it.
In support of the authorization effort:
A total of 55 pilots and 10 different aircraft types from the Executive Jet Management fleet were involved in 250 flight segments to ensure a broad scope of feedback
Jeppesen commissioned a successful rapid decompression test on iPad to 51,000 feet in altitude
Executive Jet Management completed successful non-interference testing on the evaluation aircraft
The project followed established FAA EFB authorization requirements applicable to an air carrier
For more information on the Jeppesen Mobile TC App, please visit www.jeppesen.com/jeppesen-mobile-tc.
For more than 75 years Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers essential information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air, sea and rail operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
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I’ve been wondering what FAA/TSA regs are regarding atomic watches.
If you fly or sail without paper back-up you deserve what may happend to you!
You can carry several backup iPads for less weight and space than paper Jepp charts. I would be happy with an iPad in the cockpit, but would want paper charts on a long ocean sailing passage.
True that, and can update your charts faster than ordering by mail or driving by the pilot shop.
Although, you dont have the fun of updating the charts while you’re flying...and holding each old pafe up to the window so it gets sucked out...lather, rinse, repeat.
No pilot I know would ever do that (/em crosses fingers behind back
Is this something that would come your way? Would it save you in costs, or would you trust it? Just curious as to how smaller private aviation feels about downloading charts.
My nephew, an electrical engineer is working in the Atlantic City airspace to upgrade the FAAs flight rules. Today air spacing by altitude and trail distance is based on 1970s technology. Enroute radars were such that an aircraft blip was about 1/2 mile in diameter. Thats why east west air highways were vertically spaced at 2000 feet separation and trailing by about six miles. The navy has been landing fighter jets on aircraft carriers using GPS technology and Boeing has landed a 737 with a touchdown of lass than 100 yds from its intended touchdown point.
It is time to bring air traffic control technology into the 21st Century!
CMA-1100 Electronic Flight Bags (EFB's) I've been using these for a few years now and love'em. They do performance calculations, display checklists, moving map, weather applications, video display and wireless communications.
Thanks for the picture. That is way cool. Is that what you fly? Are you on the high end of private aviation? So what are they talking about here? Something for the lower price range? Something a weekend pilot could use?
That’s a stock pic of a Gulfstream IV cockpit. Its not the actual jet I fly, I fly a G-IVSP which is just an upgraded model of the one you are looking at.
I guess you could say that I am on the high end of private aviation. I fly for a private owner/operator based out of Nashville TN. We don’t do charter or typical corporate aviation schedules.
I’ve always flown in either the corporate or private/owner/operator arena. Never have flown with an airline.
This little guy is for the iPad and has just cleared FAA certification as a class 1 portable kneeboard or Electronic Flight Bag. It allows the pilots to use this instead of keeping actual paper charts onboard the plane. Which has long since been a requirement by the FAA. You must have onboard with you at all times current paper charts and publications for the route you plan to fly.
This is intended to replace those and the FAA just signed off on it.
It would be ideal for the private pilot or small corporate operation as the real EFB’s are quite pricy and tie into the navigational and flight management computers of the aircraft.
Jeppesen looks like a killer app for the iPad (in aviation; other fields have their own). The iPad hardware is about 1/5 the cost of the dedicated EFB systems I could find in a quick Google, and they're a lot more versatile when you exit the cockpit.
All you need is one of these:
“It is time to bring air traffic control technology into the 21st Century!”
They have been. RVSM is standard fair anymore and direct GPS routes as well. Airport Moving Map, AMM, is also a reality. Enroute routes are 1,000 foot separation and have been for years. They even co-mingle with VFR airways at 500 feet separation. Airport separation is now only 3,000 feet. Class 3-C landing systems, which land the plane without ppilot intervention, are now operational. Glass cockpits, not the older round dial, are now standard equipment on most new airplanes, small and large. Retrofitting of GPS systems happen every day for older airplanes. WAAS, a GPS augmentation system, has been implemented and now has many ground systems augmentations.
The aviation industry has been updating, and you haven’t seen anything yet. Just this year’s product releases are going to make pilots of all kinds smile.
While I applaud this move for the iPad, the systems in question have been available for a long time on PC based platforms.
Performance calculations? Did Gulfstream quit putting perf computers on their airplanes?
No, all the critical quality of flight and performance data is computed and displayed in the FMC.
That’s a relief.
I wonder whether and how they dealt with the overheating issue. It doesn’t seem like something the FAA would overlook.