FAA authorizes use of Jeppesen app on iPad to replace paper aeronautical charts

Jeppesen aviation app for iPadJeppesen today announced that Executive Jet Management has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to use the Jeppesen Mobile TC App for iPad as an alternative to paper aeronautical charts. The authorization allows Executive Jet Management to use iPad and the Jeppesen Mobile TC App as the sole reference for electronic charts, even during taxi, takeoff and landing. Executive Jet Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of NetJets Inc., is a leading provider of worldwide jet charter and aircraft management services.

This announcement is a result of a three-month extensive in-flight evaluation managed by Executive Jet Management and Jeppesen with regular engagement of the FAA (including local and national Electronic Flight Bag authorization authorities). The cross-industry collaboration sets an important precedent for the aviation community. Lessons learned, processes established, and templates developed during this project may benefit other companies seeking to deploy EFB solutions on iPad.

“The exceptional collaboration between operator, supplier and the FAA was remarkable,” said Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen president and chief executive officer, in the press release. “This serves as a model for how the FAA can be engaged in working through a challenge and defining a solution that moves the industry forward safely and efficiently. Executive Jet Management’s role was critical to the success of this project. They possess the necessary skills, credibility and EFB experience to help all parties understand, from an operator’s perspective, the unique issues and benefits related to using iPad in flight.”

The Jeppesen Mobile TC App and iPad were thoroughly evaluated by Executive Jet Management pilots who logged more than 250 flight segments. Pilots participating in the evaluation reported that they were particularly pleased with the App’s ease of use, simplicity to manage, speed and display clarity. As a result of the full analysis, enhancements to crew procedures, training updates and software improvements were included in the Jeppesen Mobile TC App version 1.2, released last month.

The authorized EFB configuration is a Class 1 portable, kneeboard EFB solution that is secured and viewable during critical phases of flight as defined in FAA Order 8900.1. Information obtained from this evaluation will also be useful in gaining future authorization for Class 2 mounted configurations utilizing iPad.

“Executive Jet Management was pleased to collaborate with Jeppesen and the FAA on this leading-edge iPad EFB solution and to support the introduction of this technology to the industry,” said Executive Jet Management President Robert Garrymore, in the press release. “The collaboration with Jeppesen and the FAA was key in making this innovation possible and we are proud to be a part of it.”

In support of the authorization effort:
• A total of 55 pilots and 10 different aircraft types from the Executive Jet Management fleet were involved in 250 flight segments to ensure a broad scope of feedback
• Jeppesen commissioned a successful rapid decompression test on iPad to 51,000 feet in altitude
• Executive Jet Management completed successful non-interference testing on the evaluation aircraft
• The project followed established FAA EFB authorization requirements applicable to an air carrier

For more information on the Jeppesen Mobile TC App, please visit www.jeppesen.com/jeppesen-mobile-tc.

For more than 75 years Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers essential information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air, sea and rail operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Source: Jeppesen

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MrKruser” for the heads up.]

22 Comments

  1. This is massive. I was on board a cruise ship doing some consultancy work on their diesel generators and they are currently testing out their route maps on iPads… ad the shipping industry is renowned for dragging their heels when it comes to tech…

  2. Shouldn’t someone over in Nokia buy one of these navigation apps and gift it to Stephen Elop so that the captain of SS Titanic won’t steer his ship on to the nearest iceberg?

    Aye, aye sir said the lookouts. Iceberg ahead!

  3. On an instrument flight, on a dark and stormy flight where even the ducks are walking, it can be overheard in the cockpit…

    Captain: “What’s the decision height for this ILS approach?”

    Co-Pilot: “The screen just went black! Did you spring for AppleCare?!”

    Captain: “What are the missed approach procedures to the holding pattern again?”

    AIRPLANE THE MOVIE, Reality Series… the saga continues… LOL : )

  4. That is a ringing endorsement from the government, for iPad.

    Remember when the G4 achieved super-computer status and was forbidden for export to select countries by our government? This is another one of those moments, where government validation is worth its weight in gold.

      1. But it will be hard to justify insisting that my iPad be turned off if the flight crew’s, up next to the instruments and the antennas in the nose, remains on with the FAA’s blessing.

  5. Actually, this would mean that the iPad can be added to the list of things a pilot can use. It wouldn’t replace paper charts being in your flight bag.

    I HATED having to deal with the charts. They wore out constantly from all of the improper folding, and even when not worn out, they were out of date often.

    The iPad is awesome for this. It’s really hard to fathom what an improvement this is over paper charts for someone who has never piloted a plane…especially in complicated airspace.

    But still, the paper charts will be in the bag for backup.

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