Jeppesen Mobile TC
(terminal charts) are available for Apple iPads on the iTunes
application store for world-wide coverage. Photo courtesy
Jeppesen announced Thursday that its
worldwide file of instrument approach procedure charts would now be
available for viewing on Apple’s extremely popular iPad tablet
Jepp calls the new service Jeppesen
Mobile TC, and the app to run it is available through the normal Apple
iPad App Store.
The 9.7-inch display area of the iPad is
almost a perfect fit for the standard size of a Jepp paper approach
plate. The bright display and vivid colors of the iPad show all of the
details of a printed chart.
For many years Jepp has been offering
JeppView, which allows the display of charts on most computers on
cockpit avionics. With the Jeppesen Mobile TC app installed on your iPad
you can load, search, and display any terminal procedure chart.
If you have a JeppView subscription
already, there is no extra charge from Jepp to use the service on your
JeppView arranges charts in the same
order as they have been delivered in paper, so after you call up the
airport by name or identifier, you can page through the procedures on
your iPad just as though you were flipping the pages of a Jepp book.
Best of all—and veteran IFR pilots will
appreciate this the most—there are no revisions to file. Each new
JeppView download has all up-to-date charts, and they are totally
replaced when the new cycle is delivered.
At this point the Jeppesen Mobile TC is
intended for FAR Part 91 business and personal flying, though future
iPad applications that could qualify for charter and airline flying are
Jeppesen says the iPad charts are not
intended for navigational use in the cockpit, but that is sort of a CYA
because the question of who needs to carry charts and in what form and
how many is complicated by the type of flying you do.
Maybe you can legally toss the paper and
rely on the iPad for charts, but maybe not.
In any case, this new app is a step
toward a paperless cockpit and is certainly an excellent flight-planning
tool for all.
Speaking of preflight planning, Jepp also
announced that it has upgraded its FliteStar computerized
flight-planning program to show enhanced weather on a global scale.
The new version of FliteStar allows
pilots a great deal of flexibility to combine current weather
information with route and wind planning.
Jeppesen also used its press conference
here to announce that it is working more closely with avionics companies
who build equipment for experimental airplanes.
Jepp is working with Advanced Flight
Systems, Dynon Avionics, Garmin, and MGL Avionics to make its navigation
data available on equipment intended for light-sport aircraft and
Jeppesen has built a decades-old
reputation for being the only consistent worldwide supplier of
navigation data and is working to provide that same accuracy and
reliability in a format and at a price suitable for experimental
That is important for needed airport and
nav fix data, but Jepp is also a source for obstacle information and
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