Monday, January 20, 2014

ASIG & Team flyTab Achieves First Flight with FAA-Conforming flyTab Class 2 iPad EFB

For Immediate Release

1/20/2014 | North Little Rock, AR
Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) today announced that its flyTab Team has successfully completed the first on-aircraft certification of its FAA-conforming flyTab Dual Class 2 iPad EFB. The event is a significant step in the flyTab Team’s delivery of the completely customizable flyTab Class 2 EFB system, which is built upon system attached Apple iPad devices.
The first conforming flyTab system was installed on a NAV CANADA Flight Inspection CL-600-2B19, which, following system sign-off, lifted off Saturday January 18, 2014, from Calgary International airport upon completion of the test evolution. The flyTab system was configured with dual 3-stage flyTab EFB mounts, two Power Conditioning Modules (PCM) and an Aircraft Interface Module (AIM).  Off-The-Shelf Apple iPad devices, which ASIG environmentally qualifies at the company's North Little Rock, AR environmental test facility, were loaded with the company’s flyTab Cockpit app for iOS, which is a free diagnostic and simulation tool available online from the Apple App store.  Operationally, NAV CANADA’s Flight Inspection team will utilize Jeppesen Flight Deck Pro for aeronautical data with flight referencing upon FAA and TCCA aviation authorities issuance of the STC approval.  The flyTab system was activated for system testing and remained online for approximately 8 hours, during which time the aircraft’s avionics and performance data were recorded and analyzed while systems checks were conducted. Various test data gathered during the test evolution were transmitted real-time to FAA inspectors and ASIG’s product certification team.
“This is a very important milestone for the flyTab product line,” said Van Simmons, Director of flyTab SDK and iOS AppDev. “The system was assembled, installed and tested in accordance with strict FAA certification processes, and we are very pleased to have achieved this successful operational milestone. Our team has worked extremely hard to reach this critical step in the flyTab program, and these results reflect the flyTab Team’s focus and determination to develop a class-leading and cost effective EFB platform.”
“We are very encouraged by our initial review of the aircraft data, which indicates the conforming flyTab system performed as expected. As we move forward, we will continue to focus all of our efforts and energy to deliver to our customers the most advanced EFB integrations, at the best value while ensuring our customers are able to collect, aggregate and analyze flight operations data in both the cockpit and corporate environment so they can make more informed decisions faster.” said Luke Ribich, Managing Director of ASIG.
To support the company’s certification program, ASIG will complete its second FAA-conforming aircraft, a NAV CANADA DHC-8; and third, Aramco Services B767-2AX, soon after the FAA issues the AML-STC. ASIG also has completed configuration assessments for a variety of Part 27 and 29 rotorcraft.
While ASIG concludes this test program with its conforming flyTab system, the company is nearing completion of developer license agreements with a variety of domestic and international OEM and third-party applications developers. Upon issuance of the AML-STC by the U.S. FAA, TCCA and EASA, validation will be completed for the supplemental type certificate, making flyTab Class 2 iPad EFB solutions available for transport category aircraft operators across the globe.
The flyTab is the only Class 2 EFB solution for Apple iPad devices in the world which features full aircraft integration and modular support for one-to-one iPad deployments by allowing pilots and flight departments to deploy the iPad EFB in a “walk-on / walk-off” configuration. flyTab EFB features an average ROI of less than 12 months and is the perfect balance of technology, form, fit, function and cost. And with the available flyTab Software Developers Kit (SDK), airlines, OEMs and aircraft manufacturers can easily develop, deploy and support a full catalogue of embedded applications and enterprise tool for iOS with rapid and low-cost deployment cycles using Apple design standards for iOS applications while ensuring aviation human factors standards aren’t compromised by sluggish designs!
The flyTab iPad EFB is the definitive Class 2 iPad EFB solution, specifically designed with commercial air carriers and Part 25 transport category aircraft operators in mind. Providing far more than a simple user interface, the flyTab suite of products and available installations allows any airline or operator to affordably integrate FOQA/FDM and other enterprise applications while lowering operating costs, reduce compliance risk and fees, enhance dispatch reliability while increasing crewmember situational awareness.
The flyTab team’s goal is to extend aircraft systems and sensor data into the broader airline and flight operations enterprise through deliberate alliances with equipment and aircraft OEMs, air carriers, civil aviation authorities and enterprise intelligence providers serving the broader aviation industry. flyTab’s alliances with these industry partners is pushing the boundaries of typical aircraft “connected” technologies and creating a whole new, and smarter, operating reality to our common customers, allowing them to be more informed decision makers from the cockpit... all the way to corporate.
Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG, LLC)., a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) is a privately owned Texas Limited Liability Company., ASIG specializes in integration engineering, certification & program management, FAA-PMA manufacturing and the installation/repair of Communication, Navigation, Situational Awareness and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) equipment for aircraft & other air vehicles. ASIG also performs research and development of emerging technologies in support of aircraft operations, maintenance, alteration and repair activities for civil, commercial, government and foreign flight departments.  More recently, ASIG has been redefining traditional class 2 EFB systems from the very start of the tablet era. We are building a whole new ecosystem of connected devices intended to extend existing flight deck functionality beyond the cockpit, and beyond the airport! Our leadership in this new and exciting field of convergence is thorough and established on the core principles of dependability, knowledge, integrity, and excellence in both attitude and execution. No one individual or company is an expert at all things, that is why ASIG has established the flyTab consortium and is working closely with thoughtfully selected industry partners who are leaders in their respective fields, Shadin Avionics and SpatiOS, an AppOrchard company. Together the flyTab team is ensuring the entire flyTab ecosystem delivers the absolute best in modular avionic design, technology, function and efficiency iPad EFB available on the market.
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