ARINC DirectSM, an essential partner to business aviation, will demonstrate its new full-featured cockpit application for the iPadTM at Booth N4421 of NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, NV, October 10-12.
Developed at ARINC, the new App gives pilots streamlined access to flight plans, weather information, charts, and NOTAMS through the ARINC Direct portal. It updates and stores all flight-relevant information automatically each time a pilot logs on.
â€œOur new cockpit app is built on the actual feedback we received from pilots before and during our three-month beta-testing period,â€ stated Bob Hanley, ARINC Vice President, Business Aviation Solutions. â€œAfter 2,000 downloads, the positive reception for this App has been tremendous.â€
The ARINC App enables fast access to flight-plan packages and trip records by city pair, tail number and departure date. Users can view D-ATIS, METARS, TAFs, NOTAMs and winds aloft for departure, arrival, and alternate airports. Airport diagrams, takeoff minimums, instrument approach plates, DPs and STARs are displayed from local storage. Flight plans can be re-computed and new fax packages generated for current conditions.
Pilots can update flight plans using the iPad touchscreen, and e-mail uploads using â€œsign and sendâ€ technology available with SwiftBroadbandSM connectivity.
A number of corporate and pilot-owner operators have commented favorably on the new ARINC App. Jerry Sudimick of GE Corporate Air Transport commented, â€œThe App so far has been a home run, and it has become one of my primary apps inflight. The nice thing is having the weather info right there with the flight plan info, internally.”
ARINCâ€™s next release will feature background processing and downloading for streamlined operation, as well as access to D-ATIS, EADS Charts, and the ARINC Direct Feeedback page.
The user-friendly design of the ARINC App includes a full-function iPad display with a scrolling searchable flight list on the left and a scrolling searchable flight information library on the right.
â€œWe have gauged the high level of interest in this App from the hundreds of user requests we received in recent months,â€ continued Hanley. â€œAccess to the ARINC Direct web site from iPad users is already approaching ten percent. It now gives us great pleasure to deliver the iPad solution our customers have been asking for.â€
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