Navtech puts charts on your iPad

Navtech puts charts on your iPad

16-Sep-2011 Source: Navtech

Navtech, Inc., a leader in flight operations software and services, is announcing the launch of their Apple iPad app Navtech iCharts.  This app effectively expands support for viewing electronic aeronautical navigation charts from Windows-based EFBs and tablet devices to the popular iPad platform.  The app is free and available via the iTunes App Store.  The app preview can be found at:

Navtech iCharts is a fully-functional chart-viewing application that enables pilots and airlines subscribing to Navtech Charts to utilize the power of the iPad in their operations.  The app allows individual pilots to organize their charts by creating “Favorites” and rearranging the charts in whatever order is convenient for them.  Of course the app leverages the functionality of the iPad platform with full gesture support including swiping between charts, tapping to full screen, 2-finger zoom, search, rotate, and touch and drag to quickly find a specific chart.  In addition, Navtech has added functionality that brings substantial benefit to pilots:  pilot-custom sketches and annotations on charts, an in-app brightness control that makes the iPad useable in a dark cockpit and in-app chart NOTAMS.

Navtech iCharts also simplifies operations for the commercial operator.  The app allows operators to manage and distribute company manuals and documents to their iPad users.  The app also has a checklist functionality enabling operators to build custom checklists and upload them to the iPads.  Users are able to check for updates and synchronize content (charts, company documents, and checklists) directly from the app with just a few taps from the “Synchronize” screen.

Navtech partnered with Sweden-based cargo carrier Amapola on the development of Navtech iCharts with an eye on supporting operators’ desires to use the iPad as a Class 1 EFB, or with an approved mounting solution, a Class 2 EFB.  Navtech continues to work with their commercial airline customers to achieve operational approval of the iPad as a Class 2 device.  Amapola is now approved with the Swedish CAA and flying their fleet of Fokker 50 aircraft with the iCharts application on iPads as Class 2 EFB devices. “This is certainly the future in regards to Charts – not only is our crew excited based on the simplification and ease of use, from an administration point it removes the manual updating process through a simple update on your iPad. It reduces hours of work and enormous amounts of paper,” said Lars Jordahn, CEO Amapola Flyg AB.

“We are very pleased to offer this new platform to our charts customers.  The iPad has been widely adopted and we always want to ensure our customers reap the rewards of the latest technology,” said Lee Granger, Navtech VP, Product Management.  “The Navtech iCharts app is a superior vehicle to deliver the many fantastic features of our terminal charts in an extremely cost effective manner.”

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About Navtech, Inc.

Navtech, Inc. is a leading global provider of flight operations solutions, serving more than 350 airlines and aviation services customers.  Navtech’s product suite includes aeronautical charts, navigation data solutions, flight planning, aircraft performance software (take-off/landing, weight and balance), and crew planning solutions.  Many of Navtech’s products can be configured as part of an EFB solution, including take-off data calculation, weight and balance, and aeronautical charts.  These products, supported by Navtech’s AS9100 and ISO:9001 certification, directly support millions of flights each year and help Navtech customers maximize efficiency, reduce costs, ensure compliance with complex national and international safety regulations, and effectively deliver their services.

Headquartered just outside Toronto in Waterloo, Ontario — Canada’s technology center — Navtech also has locations in Stockholm, London, and Ahmedabad, India, and is further supported by satellite offices around the world.  Its home on the web is the first and only site for viewing the Navtech Aviation Poster Collection, a collection of hundreds of posters and other ephemera that capture the history of aviation through the arresting graphic design of the day.

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