Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Connectivity Platform
As part of Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) Aviation Connectivity, navAero, is at the forefront of providing connected aircraft technology platforms. GEE links aircraft with ground-based analytics systems through high-speed connectivity to help airlines transform the way they plan, manage and execute their operations.
navAero and the GEE Aviation Connectivity solutions combine effectively to offer effcient EFB systems. These solutions enable airlines to access and display real-time information from connected aircraft, implement advanced analytics for data mining, and optimize decision making which create a variety of operational efficiencies.
iPad/Tablet EFB Systems
The navAero Electronic Flight Bag System is GEE’s unique tablet independent offering that allows pilots to integrate their flight optimization, weather, electronic tech logs or other authorized applications running on their EFBs to interface with the aircraft’s Flight Management System via the ARINC 429/717 busses on board the aircraft.
The navAero EFB System is modular and versatile enough to accommodate endless aircraft configurations allowing for the deployment of virtually any commercially available and approved Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) tablet computer.
navAero transforms devices, such iPads and Windows Surface platforms, that are familiar to today’s pilots into productivity platforms that meet a modern airline’s stringent operational requirements. The strength of this system lays in the adaptability, exibility and upgradeable system architecture. GEE navAero’s “Smart” mount system consists of two parts:
- a lockable PMA’d metal holder designed as a basic mounting structure/ cradle that securely holds a COTS tablet (i.e. iPad Air 2, Windows Surface Pro 4), and
- an optional power interface or power/data Interface (PDI) module that can be integrated directly into the “smart” mount underscores our commitment to design and ease of use.
Our customizable interface adapts to any device being deployed and provides a “common” power platform, converting aircraft power into any input voltage required by the device. Additionally, it can convert the Ethernet- bridged data from the navAero Universal Aircraft Interface Device (UAID) or other Ethernet installed interfaces to the data format required by the EFB device. Included is an extra USB port to support charging of USB-enabled devices as well as an extra data port hubbed to the deployed tablet.
Universal Aircraft Interface Device (UAID)
The navAero Universal Aircraft Interface Device (UAID) provides a complete solution for augmenting the EFB system through enhanced features and functionalities when compared to those found in traditional aircraft interface devices. It is an avionic-grade design with robust functionality, broad capabilities and an open architecture that meets the stringent requirements of a highly integrated EFB system.
The UAID features an internal, dedicated ARM-based processing platform that runs a navAero customized Linux OS. The powerful ARM processor enables computationally heavy operations such as NAS, simultaneous ARINC429 and 717 data reading and writing to CMU/ATSU for ACARS messaging and network switch functionality. This feature also allows the UAID to store QAR and lifetime QAR data on easily removable microSD cards as well as enabling data forwarding to the EFB. Additionally, the UAID can also function as a centralized network switch with storage capabilities on removable SD cards.
Wireless Universal Aircraft Interface Device (wUAID)
The Wireless Universal Aircraft Interface Device (wUAID) is the next generation UAID equipped with built-in 4G wireless modem to streamline and seamlessly exchange data between the cockpit installed EFB and the UAID itself or the 4G connectivity of the wUAID can be used when the aircraft is on the ground to exchange data with back office systems and as a wireless hotspot for the tablet EFB installed in the cockpit.
Key UAID Features and Benefits
- Interface for aircraft buses (A429/A717) and status discrete signals. Through a web interface, data filtering can be intuitively customized as well as allowing for real-time data monitoring.
- Virtual QAR (vQAR) functionality. Software implemented at both the UAID and tablet level can automate the entire QAR data retrieval and transmission process.
- Network switch with server and storage capabilities. MicroSD card provides network data storage for enhanced redundancy and permanent on-wing data retention.
Supplemental Type Certifications
Based on a paradigm shift where allowance of non-certified equipment in the cockpit was granted through the FAA Advisory Circular AC120-76B and the EASA equivalent Temporary Guidance Leaflet TGL-36 and subsequently issued regulatory documents, navAero has designed novel and agile certification initiatives that allow for the deployment of all EFB solutions.
The results speak for themselves. Since 2005, navAero has achieved the following STCs for our EFB system technologies.
|Aircraft Type||STC #|
|MD-10/11||FAA ST 03327AT|
|BAE 146/Avro RJ70/85/100||EASA 10036958|