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VIDEO: iPad KABOOM! A Success – iPad 2 Rapid Decompression Certification Available for Download


PaperlessCockpit.com's iPad KABOOM! Community Project concluded successfully on July 15, 2011, when an iPad 2 passed  a DO-160F Rapid Decompression test conducted by CascadeTek of Hillsboro, OR. The test was witnessed by representatives from FlightPrep.com, one of iPad KABOOM!'s premiere sponsors. Throughout the test, the iPad 2 ran FlightPrep's iChart 2.0 App. During the first stage of the test,  iPad 2 running iChart 2.0 was placed in the altitude chamber and stabilized at an altitude of 8,000 ft for two hours. FlightPrep's iChart 2.0 is designed to keep the iPad "awake", and it remained operational. During the next stage, the chamber simulated a rapid decompression event, causing the altitude to transition from 8,000 ft to 51,000 ft in under fifteen seconds. The iPad 2 continued to operate and exhibited no physical defects (i.e. flying shards of plastic and glass, or chemical fires resulting from catastrophic battery failure) for ten minutes. The chamber altitude was returned to ambient altitude, and the test concluded. The iPad 2 survived the rapid decompression eve and continued to operate after the conclusion of the test. While PaperlessCockpit.com failed to blow up an iPad, the iPad 2 Community Project is a success. Download iPad 2 Rapid Decompression Certificate  - (Free Registration Required) Download iPad 2 Rapid Decompression Full Report  - (Professional Membership Required) iPad KABOOM! Community Project Sponsors PaperlessCockpit.com would like to thank all of the contributors to the iPad KABOOM! Community Project, particularly our project sponsors: FlightPrep.com and OzRunways.com. The iPad 2 continues operation after an explosive decompression at 51,000 feet.… Read more ...

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Jeppesen Releases Terminal Chart Viewer for Apple iPad


JeppView and NavSuite customers can now access charts via Apple's iPad. In late July, Jeppesen released Mobile TC, an iPad App that displays electronic terminal procedures. The App is available for free in Apple's iTunes store, but it requires a subscription to JeppView or NavSuite. While the Jeppesen Mobile TC App is not as feature-rich as exisitng iPad Apps like Foreflight (which sports XM Weather in addition to NACO charts), having access to worldwide charts on a compact, low-cost platform may make the iPad an attractive Electronic Flight Bag platform for Business Aviation. Jeppesen Mobile TC Microsite Jeppesen Mobile TC on Apple iTunes… Read more ...

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Jogging Behind the iPad Bandwagon – But Not Jumping On


RAM yoke clamp mount for the Apple iPad

The above video comes courtesy of  dhallpolo, and is the first practical application of the iPad as an EFB: using NACOmatic to create PDF downloads of approach plates and facility directories. Of course, I can't wait to get my hands on one to test.  I've been reluctant over the past few months to make any comments regarding the iPad. As an EFB integrator and application developer, I can see both the opportunities and challenges in making the iPad a viable EFB platform. Simple solutions like using NACOmatic and an iPod/iPad PDF reader are a great place for end-users to start, but it may be a few months before "mainstream" EFB application developers begin developing for the iPad. The problem is that EFB development is still Microsoft world: most general and business aviation applications today are developed using Microsoft's .Net platform or C++ with Win32 platform extensions. Some developers, like Jeppesen, have been successful in writing C++ code libraries that other programmers can use on Windows and Linux platforms. While some EFB application developers use Java to maintain cross-platform compatibility, these applications usually take a performance hit across platforms because Java applications run in a "virtual machine" on top of the host operating system. The Java virtual machine acts as an additional stumbling block between the application and the underlying system resources, so it can be difficult to achieve the same level of performance on graphic-intensive, georeferenced applications common on EFBs. Of course, iPod, iPhone, and iPad development throws another wrinkle into the mix. Like Microsfoft's .Net platform (which actually encompasses a few closely related programming languages), Apple has developed Xcode, a derivitive of C. Also, there is a special set of developer tools, the iPad SDK (Software Development Kit), that provides a specialized set of programming libraries and techniques for developing iPad-specific applications.… Read more ...

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Jeppesen to Provide Aeroflot with Class 1 EFB


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Jeppesen (a Boeing subsidiary) announced a five-year contract to provide Aeroflot with a Class 1 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), weather and NOTAMs, aircraft performance analysis, and electronic charts via e-Link Online. This contract renews Jeppesen’s forty-year, ongoing relationship with Aeroflot, Russia’s state-run airline and one of the largest air carriers worldwide.

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