flyTab Connects iPad to Larger World

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AIMBy itself, the flyTab Class II iPad EFB is economical technology that makes airline operations more cost efficient and economical. ASIG and its partner, Shadin Avionics, are taking it to the next level with the flyTab Avionics Interface Module (AIM).

Simply put, the AIM translates data communicated via ARINC 429 , MIL-STD 1553, RS232, A410 discrete inputs as well as other data buses and video into the digital language spoken by the iPad operating system. A passive (read-only) interface, the AIM completed its initial functional milestones and stability testing in early January 2012. Up next are red label units for laboratory evaluations and demonstrations.

flyTab is developing a library of application programming interfaces (API) that it will license to those developing iPad apps that would benefit from specific data from the avionics network. The initial interfaces provide 3D position and airspeed. Weather and traffic interfaces are in development and are now undergoing latency testing to ensure the display is keeping up with the data. flyTab will develop additional interfaces as customers demand.

Looking forward, as the iPad EFB proves its usefulness—and reliability—it will surely become cornerstone technology for the Next Generation Air Transportation System. One day in the future it may well allow pilots and/or dispatchers to plan every aspect of a trip. And when the pilot docks the EFB in its Class II mount, it could even burst program the applicable avionics systems and verify every setting. 

This day is still in the future, but the capabilities of flyTab’s passive Avionics Interface Module are an important step toward that future, a step that offers substantial benefits today. With it the instrument procedure charts displayed on a pilot’s EFB could include 3D position and speed, traffic, and weather.

Until next time, stay mission ready, 5x5, and Wired!

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