October 12, 2013
By Ian J. Twombly
Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck may be the only way to get the company’s approach plates on an iPad, but a host of new features makes it a good product beyond loyalty to the procedures.
The new version 2.1 has five key improvements, two of which the company claims are industry exclusives. Own-ship position, or the presentation of the airplane’s current location on the chart, is a must-have in the competitive iPad application market, and now Mobile FliteDeck meets that standard. A full proprietary weather suite and quick ability to measure distances on the chart are also now included, bringing the app up to the general feature level of most competitors.
A new night themed chart option illustrates Jeppesen’s advantage with exclusive charts. Instead of inverting the charts (primarily black with white lines), the night charts include a variety of colors that help to identify geographic features such as water, and other important pieces that need to be seen in charts.
Finally, Jeppesen has developed a more streamlined keyboard that eliminates certain unneeded functions.
The application is currently available for download in the Apple App Store.
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