Jeppesen has teamed with Teledyne Controls to integrate Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro with Teledyne’s GroundLink Comm+ system with Aircraft Interface Device (AID) functionality, known as GroundLink AID+.
This will deliver greater data connectivity for carriers using FliteDeck Pro, the electronic flight bag (EFB) solution for airlines and large-scale operators.
Scott Reagan, Director, Jeppesen OEM Client Management, said: “Advances gained through use of Teledyne’s GroundLink AID+ technology will continue the wave of new capabilities delivered through FliteDeck Pro to help operators access and process critical flight data.
“Based on strong customer demand for this capability, we are pleased to team with Teledyne Controls to connect FliteDeck Pro with additional data sources, creating more intelligent capabilities on the ground and in the air.”
GroundLink AID+ technology from Teledyne will allow airlines to view real-time GPS-based, “own ship” positioning on navigational charts to increase situational awareness in flight.
Airport charts, departure charts, en-route and weather maps and arrival charts in FliteDeck Pro can also be quickly and easily integrated with data from the aircraft’s existing onboard data systems to help enable the pilot to make better informed decisions to increase operational efficiency and improve safety margins.
Murray Skelton, Director of Business Development at Teledyne Controls, said that the technical integration had been easy and cost-effective.
“With approximately 10,000 GroundLink units already flying, it is an easy transition for those with the technology already installed,” he said.
“It not only protects their legacy investment but it also enables them to make even more of it. It means that every future customer with the GroundLink Comm+ system installed can gain instant benefit.”
Connectivity provides the pilot with access to the EFB at all times. Pre-flight, pilots can update their EFB database, review maintenance logs, Minimum Equipment Lists (MELs), flight release and notices to airmen (NOTAMs).
During the ramp/taxi, they can calculate take-off performance and complete their checklist. During the flight, they can log flight progress and review en-route, arrivals and approach charts. After the flight, they can file the pilot log and send performance calculations off-board.
Teledyne has also announced that Viva Aerobus, a low-cost airline in Mexico with one of the highest growth rates in Latin America, has chosen its cloud-based Flight Data Analysis (FDA) Service.
The service, which collates, analyses reports and presents information on an airline’s operation in a series of customizable dashboards, allows for a faster and more effective identification of events.
Viva Aerobus says the Teledyne Controls system will deliver essential flight data and actionable intelligence to take the expansion of its fleet and the modernisation of its Airbus A320 aircraft to the next level.