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EJM’s iPad Blessed by FAA – With Jeppesen’s Help


Earlier this month, Executive Jet Management (EJM), a Part 135 operator and subsidiary of NetJets Inc., announced that it has received FAA authorization to use a Class 1 Electronic Flight Bag during all phases of flight. EJM's EFB solution is based on a kneeboard-mounted iPad running Jeppesen's Mobile TC App, which provides access to electronic terminal procedures. Under the new OpSpecs authorization, EJM crew may use the iPad with Mobile TC in lieu of paper charts. Since 2006, Part 135 operators have had clear guidance on the steps required receive authorization to use an EFB under OpSpec A061 in the form of FAA AC 120-76A and FAA Inspectors Handbook 8900 CHG 47, but most found the maintenance and airworthiness challenges (power provisions, aircraft data connectivity, electromagnetic non-interference, rapid-decompression testing, and mounting) to be cost-prohibitive. Larger Part 135 operators like EJM found that the biggest hurdle to implementing a Class 1 or Class 2 EFB is identifying a mounting solution that is cost-effective while meeting FAA requirements. With a wide range of airframes, flight deck configurations and pilot preferences, a "one-size-fits-all" solution is usually not the case. EJM was able to solve this problem by using a kneeboard mount for the iPad, which allows the system to be secured but accessible during critical phases of flight. Since a crew member's leg is not part of the airframe, kneeboard devices can be operationally approved, provided the operator and their Principle Operations Inspector address issues such as egress, effect of high-G loads, and flight control freedom-of-movement. Other EFB mounts that attach to the airframe usually require costly Supplemental Type Certificates and broader involvement from various concerns within the FAA, including the operator's Principle Maintenance Inspector (PMI) and Aircraft Engineering Group (AEG). While Jeppesen has historically stayed at arms length during EFB approval efforts by non-airline customers, EJM credited a great deal of its success to the Boeing subsidiary's support efforts.… Read more ...

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ABACE to be Held in Shanghai February 28 – March 1, 2012


ABACE to be Held in Shanghai February 28 – March 1, 2012

The potential for business aviation in Asia is enormous. The population, economic activity, and need for transportation to cover the distances between business locations – in some cases where no practical transportation alternative exists – is immense. But, the Asian business aviation market is emergent and at the beginning of its evolution. These factors explain the rationale for the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, to be held in the new Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Center from February 28 to March 1, 2012. Jointly sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), ABACE2012 will help catalyze the Asian market. Visit the ABACE web site for more information about this event.… Read more ...

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RAM Mounts Offers Aviation iPad Mounts


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