|David Wright, Jeppsen director of GA Client Management, shows the Jeppesen Mobile Flight Deck in Daylight mode. Photo courtesy of Phil Weston.
Jeppesen announced Wednesday the next steps in the transition from paper-based publications to electronic.
Jeppesen's Director of GA Client Management David Wright gave AirVenture Today a demonstration of the updated Mobile FliteDeck 2 for iPad.
"We're previewing our Mobile FliteDeck 2.0," Wright said. "It's a significant improvement to the original. We've added weather and completely redesigned the user interface."
In the new version, when an Internet connection is present, the application will display weather from the Jeppesen system. Overlaid radar images as well as text weather are available. Any Jeppesen-sourced weather product can be viewed in FliteDeck.
Jeppesen has also completely redesigned FliteDeck's user interface. It rearranged the controls, enlarged them, and labeled them more clearly so that they're easier to use.
Mobile FliteDeck still features en route charts rendered with Jepp's data-driven system, allowing charts to display smartly at all zoom levels.
In version 2.0 they use this data-driven capability to add a nighttime view that doesn't simply invert image colors but re-renders them with layout and colors that are easy to read in a dark environment.
Another new feature is the ability to annotate charts with colored lines drawn right on the screen, highlighted lines preserved even when the user shifts between day and night views.
Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck will be on sale in late August or early September. It is a free download from the Apple iTunes App Store, and requires one available key from a digital data subscription.
Jeppesen also announced a new pricing model for its digital data subscription.
In the new model pricing for the four most popular packages - covering the full U.S., East, West, and Central - will be reduced by about 35 percent, and the number of keys provided will be reduced to two from four. "Which we think will fit a lot of general aviation pilots' lifestyles," Wright said.
This pricing change will take effect with the release of FliteDeck 2.0.
Also announced at AirVenture 2012 was the Jeppesen Mobile TC App for the 8.9- and 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy tablets that are running the Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich versions of the Android operating system. Mobile TC provides access to terminal charts, airport diagrams, documents, and Jeppesen Airway Manual text.
Mobile TC for Samsung Galaxy is a free download through the Google Play online store, and can be used by digital data subscription customers at no extra charge.
They also announced that three of the core Jeppesen publications are now available as eBooks through the Apple iBookstore: Private Pilot Guided Flight Discovery, A&P Technician General Textbook, and A&P Technician Powerplant Textbook.
These first eBooks are straight conversions of the paper editions, but releases starting in 2013 may contain content specifically for the new medium, such as interactivity, video, and more. These enhanced versions may be available in 2013.
For more info about Jeppesen's digital products as well as its entire product line, visit its exhibit tent here at AirVenture 2012. It is located just to the east of Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Exhibit Hangar A.