Monday, April 23, 2012

flyTab Demos High-Flying iPad EFB

Simulated flight driven by Garmin GNS 430

Welcome to Wired!

In partnership with Shadin Avionics and App Orchard, ASIG has developed and is now demonstrating its flyTab iPad EFB driven by a Garmin GNS 430. The units are connected by the Avionics Interface Module, which seamlessly translates A-429 and/or Mil-Std-1553 (per end-user requirement) data.

Displaying a three-airport flight plan running on the 430, the flyTab demonstrates its growing number of features. Chart centering works not only on the full range of visual, instrument, and terminal charts but also on Google Maps, available through a wired direct connection interface.

The flyTab also displays threats and textual weather information. The graphic weather app development is nearing its beta test. With the interface module, users can tap into any ARINC A-429 data, including information from the air data computer such as airspeed and altitude as well as traffic, terrain and weather data.

Before any iPad can fly in commercial or military service, it must pass environmental tests, including rapid decompression. Apple set the 2012 iPad maximum operating altitude at 10,000 feet. The FAA requires every iPad to be tested to a higher standard, the aircraft’s max operating altitude.

FL510, 51,000 feet, is the highest certification for civilian aircraft, but those serving the military and NASA often fly much higher. So ASIG has tested a specific lot of iPad EFB devices to FL800—80,000 feet—in support of these special customers truly unique  mission and flight requirements.

Besides testing that ensures reliable operation and the translation of data for the iOS, flyTab has developed a full range of iPad mounts and a power conditioning unit that provides continuous power and charging and mitigates thermal runaway.

Until next time, stay 5x5, mission ready, and Wired!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Press Release from flyTab: ASIG Successfully Tests New iPad to 80,000 Feet

For Immediate Release

Mike Neder
Director, Business Development
Avionics & Systems Integration Group
10 Collins Industrial Place, Suite 3-B
North Little Rock, AR 72113
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ASIG Successfully Tests New iPad to 80,000 Feet
4/18/2102 | Little Rock, AR

Today the flyTab ( team at ASIG announced that they have successfully performed a rapid decompression test on the new iPad (2012) to FL800 (80,000').

Apple has placed an OEM maximum operating altitude of the iPad devices to not more that FL100 (10,000') [See ENVIRONMETNAL REQUIREMENTS at]

Due to iPad specifications and FAA guidance, every iPad has to be tested to the highest operating flight altitude of any aircraft in which it will be used. While the highest rated operating flight envelope for civil/commercial aircraft is as high as FL510 (51,000') NASA and the Department of Defense routinely have requirements to test to significantly higher flight altitudes due to higher aircraft flight envelopes and mission requirements.

:Environmental testing of the iPad is only one aspect of ASIG's flyTab iEFB products and services, it helps our engineers to ensure that when an iPad is fielded as an EFB, it will continue to operate safely and reliably through all phases of flight while providing the flight crew with enhanced situational awareness and reducing crew resource management efforts thereby increasing overall flight safety," commented Luke Ribich, Managing Director of ASIG.

Rapid decompression tests are intended to evaluate equipment installed in pressurized areas of an aircraft that are required to operate during and after an emergency is declared resultant from a rapid decompression event. Besides electrical malfunction, some of the problems that can be determined during decompression tests are: leakage, deformation, rupture or explosion of (gasket sealed) components, or a change in physical properties of low-density materials.

"As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue our service to the nation's scientific community and armed forces by endurance testing the iPad to altitudes consistent with the unique missions that these devices are now being integrated to perform", said Ribich

About flyTab
The flyTab Suite provides certification, mounting, power and data interface solutions for iPad EFB implementations. Services include rapid decompression and EMI certification testing as well as traditional integration services such as installation design and STC/certification for iPads and other COTS tablets. The flyTab Mounting System is a suite of upgradable iPad mounts and cases. flyTab Power Conditioning Units and Modules provide continuous power and charging while mitigating the risk of thermal runaway. The optional Avionics Interface Module (an industry only wired interface) feeds real-time aircraft flight data to the iPad via the 30-pin iPad connector ensuring minimal latency and data security.

About the Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG)
The flyTab Suite is developed and owned by the Avionics & Systems Integration Group, an industry pioneer of analogue-to-digital upgrades for classic and contemporary aircraft. The company specializes in: Integration and Supplemental Engineering; Installation Kit Manufacturing; as well as Installation Services of COM/NAV, IFE, Situational Awareness and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM); Maintenance, Modification and Repair; and Certification & Program Management. We also perform design research and development of emerging technologies in support of aircraft operations, maintenance, modification and repair activities for civil, commercial, government and foreign flight departments. Learn more at and

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