navAero announces the achievement of FAA supplemental-type certification on the Bombardier DHC-8-400 series for the installation of a class two tablet electronic flight bag provisions for the navAero tablet EFB system that includes the navAero universal interface device (UAID). Provisions include pilot / first officer cockpit mounts that feature electrical connectivitely for device charging and data connectivity.
The navAero tablet EFB system consists of a modular, propietary designed ‘smart’ mount tablet holder that securely contains that tablet device and meets all appropriate DO-160 requirements. The holder is integrally equipped witht he navAero power / data interface (PDi) module that converts 28VDC aircraft power to that which is appropriate for charging the tablet. The PDi module also feeds aircraft data from the navAero UAID to software applications, along with capabilities for QAR functionality.
The STC was executed by navAero in cooperation with Delta Engineering and DECA Aviation Engineering for navAero customer, WestJet Encore. The navAero EFB system uses an architecture that consists of dual cross-connected tabelt devices with Ethernet connectivity to the navAero UAID. It allows for multiple variations of tablets to be hosted to achieve maximum flexibilty and upgradeability. As deployed, the system achieves the Westjet Encore goalfor the deployment of their integrated communications and application system (ICAS).
Simone Giodano, navAero’s excutive vice-president of sales and marketing, said: "This achievement shows that our class two tablet EFB system meets of the regulatory requirements to eb a highly integrated part of a modern airline, providing end-to-end connectivity from aircraft to operations. navAero has taken this design approach for tablet EFB deployments and has commercialised derivations to accommodate iPad devices as well as various types of Windows and Andriod tablet devices.
Giordano continued: "navAero has always been on the leading edge of providing customer-focused EFB solutions. As a product line extension to our widely accepted and deployed aircraft-dedicated class two electronic bag system, our tablet EFB system provides a certified platform for airline operators who desire a mounted, powered and data connected tablet solution for their fleets. Whether they are aircraft-dedicated systems or tablet-based deployments, we have certifications and hardware solutions that allow customers to achieve their programme objectives."
Aircraft installations for WestJet Encore are currently in progress. Installation kits for the Bombardier Q400 are available for immediate delivery.