This is cool news for the aviators among the readers, according to TUAW, Jeppesen, the company that produces most of the paper and electronic “Jepp charts” used by pilots for preflight planning and inflight navigation, announced late last week that jet charter operator Executive Jet Management has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to use the Jeppesen Mobile TC App for iPad as an alternative to paper charts.
The authorization means that Executive Jet Management can use the mobile app and iPad as the sole reference for electronic charts at all times during a flight. Previously the company went through a three-month inflight evaluation of the iPad-based solution, during which pilots for the charter operator logged more than 250 flight segments using the app.
The configuration that was authorized by the FAA is a Class 1 portable kneeboard electronic flight bag solution, meaning that the iPad needs to be secured and viewable during critical flight phases.
It will be interesting to see whether other airlines will follow suit and apply for the authorization, we will be following the story and keep you posted.