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THE EVOLUTION OF AERONAUTICAL CHARTS

The aviation industry is transformed. Data-driven technology is changing the way aircraft and their crews communicate- navigate and make air travel safer for passengers. Truly interactive paperless en-route charts offer many advantages- but to appreciate them fully- it is helpful to first understand how aeronautical charts have evolved.

From the earliest days of aviation- paper charts have helped pilots determine their positions- safe altitudes and efficient routes- in addition to highlighting useful information such as navigational fixes- alternative landing areas and airspace boundaries. Paper was a reliable medium for these charts- because unlike technology reliant upon a power source- the charts remained accessible even in cases of total aircraft electrical failure.

Challenges of Paper Charts
While critical to the safe operation of aircraft- paper charts have also been a burden. Compiled charts and other necessary paper-based materials- including flight manuals- total as much as 9-36 kilograms- impacting fuel efficiency and taking a physical toll on pilots. Further- charts and manuals require frequent- costly updates to ensure accuracy. The recent development of digital alternatives for aeronautical charts and manuals that can be used in all phases of flight- including tablet technology equipped with applications (or “apps”)- alleviates many of these issues.

A Technological Precedent Is Set
Although the term “tablet-” as a type of personal computer- was first made popular with the Microsoft Tablet PC concept presented by Microsoft in 2001- it was a decade later that the release of a tablet device from Apple Inc. put the technology into the hands of the masses. Like many business people- aviation industry leaders considered how tablets might positively impact operations and communication. A landmark precedent was set in February 2011 when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the in-flight use of Apple’s tablet by charter company Executive Jet Management. Following a rigorous approval process- which included rapid-decompression testing at 51-000 feet- pilots were authorized to use iPads equipped with a Jeppesen electronic chart app in lieu of paper charts.

In the months following the initial FAA approval- many business aircraft operators in the U.S. applied for approved tablet usage – some with Jeppesen’s assistance. The aviation company continues to work closely with industry and government authorities from around the globe to ensure quality and streamline adoption.

A Practical Solution:
MOBILE FLITEDECK Mobile FliteDeck is an interactive flight app that provides pilots with immediate- direct and reliable access to enroute chart data- IFR and VFR terminal charts and Jeppesen Airway Manual text scaled to fit their subscription areas.

Features
Every advantage of data-driven technology was leveraged in designing Mobile FliteDeck. Below are select features that differentiate the interactive application from other chart solutions:

- Full-colour vector-based data
- Display of aircraft position on en-route display
- Airway Manual® text
- Arrival- departure and approach procedures
- Chart update notifications
- Route creation
- Airport and terminal charts

Benefits
The unique features of Mobile FliteDeck create countless benefits- including these:

- Ease of use and complete portability
- High-speed global search capabilities
- Route integration
- Moving map with “own ship” positioning
- Filterable and customisable content
- Detailed object descriptions
- Dimming functionality for 24-hour use
- Communications facilitation
- Easily referenced smart notes

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck?
A: Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck is available for download from the Apple App Store. Initially- it is available for iPad- although Jeppesen is actively evaluating other tablet and mobile devices.

Q: Which electronic chart subscriptions are eligible?
A: Any JeppView 3- Express JeppView- JeppView MFD or NavSuite chart subscription will allow you to download the data into the new MobileFliteDeck application if you have an available site key.

Q: Is it available in all countries?
A: It is available to individual business and general aviation users in non-embargoed countries globally.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: The app is available to general and business aviation customers with a JeppView or NavSuite data subscription at no additional charge. Customers may use one of their four JeppView site keys for this application. Note: Express Coverage options are available for JeppView subscriptions- providing low-cost options for general and business aviation customers.

Q: How does Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck compare to Jeppesen Mobile TC?
A: Jeppesen Mobile TC supports only Terminal Charts. Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck supports terminal charts- enroute- and Jeppesen Airway Manual text. When enabled- Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck can also show “own-ship” position on enroute charts and airport diagrams.

Conclusion
A new era of technologically advanced aviation has arrived. The charts and manuals that inform aircrews and guide aircraft to safety have been digitized. As aviators adopt paperless technologies- such as tablet devices and their applications as EFBs- they redefine flight safety- optimize cockpit efficiency and reduce costs.

With Mobile FliteDeck- the industry’s first interactive- mobile enroute application and paperless solution- Jeppesen helps usher in these changes. The aviation leader will continue to drive enhancements to the tool- including tailored coverages- printing capabilities- weather overlays and flight planning integration.

Data-driven technology has changed the course of aeronautical charts- and Jeppesen is leading the way. iPad and App Store are trademarks of Apple Inc.- registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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