Posted on: 25 September 2013 by Mark Howells
navAero has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of a Class 2 tablet electronic flight bag (EFB) system, including the navAero Universal Aircraft Interface Device (UAID), on the Bombardier Q400.
Provisions include pilot/first officer cockpit mounts that feature electrical connectivity for device charging and data connectivity.
The navAero tablet EFB system consists of a modular, proprietary “Smart” mount tablet holder that securely contains that tablet device and meets all appropriate DO-160 requirements. The holder is integrally equipped with the navAero Power/Data Interface (PDi) module that converts 28 V DC aircraft power to that which is appropriate for charging the tablet device. The PDi module also feeds aircraft data (Arinc 429, 717, Discretes) from the navAero UAID to the tablet for use in various software applications along with capability for WiFi and cellular connectivity. The UAID also provides built-in capabilities for QAR functionality.
The STC was executed by navAero in co-operation with Delta Engineering and DECA Aviation Engineering for navAero customer, WestJet Encore. The system uses an architecture that consists of dual cross-connected tablet devices with ethernet connectivity to the navAero UAID. It allows for multiple variations of tablets to be hosted to achieve maximum flexibility and upgradeability. As deployed, the system achieves WestJet Encore’s goal for the deployment of their Integrated Communications and Application System (ICAS).
Aircraft installations for WestJet Encore are currently in-progress. Installation kits for the Bombardier Q400 are available for immediate delivery.