• 2015 EFB Forum: Lufthansa Systems presents new Lido/mPilot iPad app

Kelsterbach | June 3, 2015– Lufthansa Systems today announced that it will present its new Lido/mPilot app as well as the latest features of its Lido/eRouteManual navigation solution and Lido/AMM airport moving map at this year’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum, which takes place in Denver from June 2-4, 2015.

Lido/mPilot is an iPad-based, all-in-one navigation solution from Lufthansa Systems. It includes terminal maps, a dynamically generated, seamless enroute chart and a system for managing and distributing documents. The modular app also offers a variety of additional features that improve flight deck workflow efficiency. In Denver, Lufthansa Systems and UTC Aerospace Systems will present an iOS-based prototype which integrates UTC Aerospace Systems’ new Tablet Interface Module TIM™ hardware into the Lido/mPilot application. This integration makes it possible to connect iPads via Bluetooth (or cable) so that pilots can quickly and easily exchange documents and information.

“The trend shows that airlines are increasingly using tablets in an EFB environment. Here in Denver we are presenting the corresponding applications and features – both for iPads and for Windows-based tablets,” said Igor Dimnik, Head of Product Management Flight Deck Solutions. “As connectivity in the cockpit will play an ever greater role in the future, exchanging information and integrating the relevant data – such as weather information – will happen even faster.”

The Windows-based Lido/eRouteManual navigation solution, which was originally developed for permanently installed devices, has also been optimized for tablet use by the airline IT specialist. Microsoft and Lufthansa Systems are closely cooperating in this context. The two companies are strategically aligned in regards to the further development of the Lido/eRouteManual charting application and its usability on Windows tablets. One focal point here is the future integration of the Windows 10 platform capabilities. Lido/eRouteManual provides electronic navigation charts for takeoff and landing procedures as well as airport and route charts that contain all relevant route information.

In addition to the product presentations at the Lufthansa Systems stand (number 7), experts from Lufthansa Systems will give a talk on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, about a new feature for displaying previously flown routes on navigation charts. This should give pilots a decision-making basis for optimal flight preparation.

The EFB Forum is one of the most important events in the EFB industry, where providers and aircraft manufacturers demonstrate their latest developments and discuss the technical and operational trends surrounding the Electronic Flight Bag with airline representatives.

AIX Hamburg, Germany | April 14, 2015– The highly anticipated next-generation digEplayer NV by digEcor has arrived and it delivers on style, usability, functionality and affordability.

The new series NV is the only portable AVOD solution encompassing both the practical features of a custom device and the contemporary look and feel of a consumer tablet at a lower total cost of ownership. It is available in 8, 10, and 12″ versions.

The NV is approved for early window content from all major studios and independent distributors and features enhanced high definition screens, faster processing power, seamless capacitive touch and fully accelerated graphics. I has either a Linux or Android operating system, which support motion/gesture games and allow for easy integration of applications and new media including fully customisable GUIs to generate ancillary revenues and branding opportunities.

“digEcor continues to lead the portable AVOD handheld market with the introduction of the NV series,” said digEcor CEO David Withers.

“We are committed to ongoing innovation in this space and are pleased to offer such wide-ranging enhancements for the digEplayer NV,” he said. “The players are guaranteed to delight passengers with ease-of-use and entertaining content and delight airlines with practical and affordable factors.”

Other features of the new digEplayer NV include an integrated stand mounted directly to a metal chassis, reinforced dual headphone jacks, up to 1TB of SSD storage, USB power and gigabyte Ethernet content loading. The device also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. As with previous digEplayers the battery is changeable so you don’t have to take a player out of service just to charge a battery.

“We have over 10 years designing, manufacturing and operating tens of thousands of portable media players in an airline environment and we’ve studied the failure modes and airline hurt points and designed them out of the NV series,” said Withers. ” We are very proud of our fifth generation digEplayer.”

Content is updated via a content update rack using gigabit Ethernet or by swapping optional SD cards. Smart status battery charging and batteries offering either 12hr or 18 hr life are available.

The digEplayer NV is a leading component of digEcor’s Integrated Flight Experience, a low-cost, flexible solution for airlines to improve customer experiences across all areas of its inflight service including entertainment, power, lighting and crew and passenger connectivity.

digEcor is an established and trusted industry partner that fully supports the design, implementation and operational requirements of its IFE – Integrated Flight Experience – solution by providing end-to-end expert advice and 24-hour-a-day technical support.

– Web-based resource eliminates need for Apps

Louisville, Kentucky | July 24, 2013– GlobalAir.com announced today the release of its newest data resource, Mobile ARC (Airport Resource Center) which is designed as an application but is entirely web based and made for the mobile user. It eliminates the need to purchase, download or update an app, and can be viewed on over 150 mobile devices including iPads and tablets. The Mobile ARC website automatically detects the device being used and adjusts to the appropriate format. It can accommodate Apple, Nexus, Microsoft or Samsung devices and adjusts to fit on either a 7-inch or 10-inch display.

“Judging from the feedback we’re getting, users can get pretty frustrated with apps,” noted Globalair.com President and CEO Jeff Carrithers. “ Most apps are proprietary to specific cell phone manufacturers and are not particularly suited to varying screen sizes. That’s a real issue with the larger tablets and minis that are becoming more popular. Globalair.com has analyzed what pilots are using in the cockpit, so we know the iPad is popular right now but we also realize that more Windows-based tablets and minis are increasing in popularity. The new Mobile ARC has been developed to adapt to the many different dimensions for screen sizes and resolutions–and it doesn’t require downloading!”

Mobile ARC is free (as is its desktop version) for pilot information, approach plates, terminal procedures, Notams, METARs, and information on FBOs, including their current fuel prices, current local aviation weather and 7-day forecasts. “Beside being able to search by airport identifier, Mobile ARC can also search by city names and zip codes,” Carrithers continued. “One of the exciting new features is Fuel Mapping, which shows current fuel prices for airports located in a 50 nautical mile radius of the selected site. It gives the pilot the option of choosing the lowest fuel price in that area. From our beta testing and surveys, we’re also aware that no other mobile format site dispenses the Federal Aviation Administration airport database. We are excited to be able to offer that information and provide pilots with a host of useful tools in a very accessible and straightforward package.”

Mobile ARC is designed so that as technology and bandwidth available in the cockpits of corporate and general aviation aircraft expand, it will accommodate the changes. “Since this is web-based software we had to be careful with page speed, our design and layout is focused on load time. The Mobile ARC is very quick with minimal graphics.” Carrithers added.

GlobalAir.com will debut it’s new Mobile ARC at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Personal demonstrations will be available at the Globalair.com exhibit in Hangar D, at Booth 4028 or can be accessed by visiting http://www.globalair.com/airport on a mobile device.