July 28, 2011
By Ian J. Twombly
Jeppesen announced July 28 the availability of a new iPad application that incorporates all of its en route charts and terminal approach plates. Called Mobile FliteDeck, the application allows for worldwide charts in just a few gigabytes of data on the iPad.
In addition to full charting capability, the application has a basic flight planner that overlays a route onto the chart. According to Jeppesen, that chart presentation is unlike any other on the market. Rather than scanned charts, Jeppesen uses digital data, which allows for overlay capability. Similar to panel-mounted GPS units, Mobile FliteDeck has layers of airspace, airports, waypoints, airways, and more. Each layer can then be turned on or off as the user desires. According to Tim Huegel, director of portfolio management, it’s “why our customers wait for Jeppesen.”
According to the company, Mobile FliteDeck is the basis upon which various capabilities can be built. Full flight planning, weather overlay, printing, tailored coverage, and Android support are expected in the next 12 to 14 months.
Apparently responding to customer demand, Jeppesen has reexamined pricing and is offering coverage for as little as around $75. For that users will be have charts and approach plates for two to three states.
For those who already have Mobile TC, the approach plate application, the site key can be ported over to Mobile FliteDeck, meaning no new purchase is necessary.
For more information check out the company’s website or download it for free from the Apple store.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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