Dell teams with Airbus to help pilots take flight data digital – thnxz to @pcworld


 

By Antony Savvas, Computerworld UK

Airbus has partnered with Dell to provide electronic flight bag (EFB) systems for A320 airliner operators worldwide.

An EFB is an electronic system for viewing and interacting with flight crew functions and replaces paper operating manuals, performance calculations, airport charts, and navigation charts.

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Dell Latitude laptops, which will adhere to regulatory standards, will be preloaded with the FlySmart system with Airbus software, and installed as Class-2 EFB equipment. The initial agreement covers Airbus’ single aisle aircraft, but may be extended in the future to cover other types.

A Class-2 EFB system is a portable laptop which is connectable to the aircraft’s avionics systems and power supply via a docking station. Pilots can disconnect it from the aircraft, take it with them when leaving the aircraft and continue working with the data to prepare for their next flight.

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How Terrafugia Designed Its Flying Car

How do you design a street-legal, FAA-approved flying car that has a chance at commercial success? Samuel Schweighart, the co-founder and VP of engineering at Terrafugia, has a pretty good idea. Schweighart is one of the brains behind the Transition, a $250,000 flying car set to be released in late 2011.

The bulk of the Transition’s engineering work was performed in SolidWorks, a 3-D CAD design program. Schweighart used the software to make components fit correctly in the vehicle, to ensure enough room for range clearances, and analyze metal parts for strength. “Essentially we built the plane in SolidWorks before building it in real life,” Schweighart says.


BY Ariel Schwartzhttp://www.fastcompany.com/1692134/how-terrafugia-designed-its-flying-car

How do you design a street-legal, FAA-approved flying car that has a chance at commercial success? Samuel Schweighart, the co-founder and VP of engineering at Terrafugia, has a pretty good idea. Schweighart is one of the brains behind the Transition, a $250,000 flying car set to be released in late 2011.

The bulk of the Transition’s engineering work was performed in SolidWorks, a 3-D CAD design program. Schweighart used the software to make components fit correctly in the vehicle, to ensure enough room for range clearances, and analyze metal parts for strength. “Essentially we built the plane in SolidWorks before building it in real life,” Schweighart says. Leer más “How Terrafugia Designed Its Flying Car”

JetBlue brings Wifi to its full fleet

JetBlue Airways has become the latest airline to introduce Wifi on all its planes, meaning there’s one less place for us all to hide from work.

The airline’s full fleet of over 160 planes will get inflight broadband from mid-2012, following a deal with satellite company ViaSat.

“In just the three years since we launched BetaBlue, the first commercial aircraft with simple messaging capability, technology has advanced by generations,” said CEO Dave Barger.

“Rather than invest in current technology, designed to transmit broadcast video and audio, we elected to partner with ViaSat to create broadband functionality worthy of today’s interactive personal technology needs.”

Unlike many of its competitors, JetBlue isn’t using Aircell’s Gogo technology; instead, the system uses ViaSat’s advanced Ka-band satellites. Under the arrangement, ViaSat will provide Ka-band antenna components and SurfBeam 2 modems for installation on the airline’s EMBRAER E190 and Airbus A320 aircraft, along with two-way transmission bandwidth services using the WildBlue-1 and ViaSat-1 satellites.


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JetBlue Airways has become the latest airline to introduce Wifi on all its planes, meaning there’s one less place for us all to hide from work.

The airline’s full fleet of over 160 planes will get inflight broadband from mid-2012, following a deal with satellite company ViaSat.

“In just the three years since we launched BetaBlue, the first commercial aircraft with simple messaging capability, technology has advanced by generations,” said CEO Dave Barger.

“Rather than invest in current technology, designed to transmit broadcast video and audio, we elected to partner with ViaSat to create broadband functionality worthy of today’s interactive personal technology needs.”

Unlike many of its competitors, JetBlue isn’t using Aircell‘s Gogo technology; instead, the system uses ViaSat’s advanced Ka-band satellites. Under the arrangement, ViaSat will provide Ka-band antenna components and SurfBeam 2 modems for installation on the airline’s EMBRAER E190 and Airbus A320 aircraft, along with two-way transmission bandwidth services using the WildBlue-1 and ViaSat-1 satellites. Leer más “JetBlue brings Wifi to its full fleet”

Infographic of the Day: To Fly Green, Choose the Right Airline

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An airplane is an airplane, and all airlines are roughly equal in spewing carbon-dioxide into the stratosphere, right? Wrong: The most fuel efficient airlines can be 25% more fuel efficient than their most inefficient peers, as this superb infographic by GOOD shows:

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What’s really interesting about the chart is that it shows that not all airlines are making an equal effort at fuel efficiency–for example, AirTran and Air Alaska appear to have increased their efficiency by 53% and 33% since 2000. Leer más “Infographic of the Day: To Fly Green, Choose the Right Airline”

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A solar-powered plane has become the first to complete a 24-hour flight, using batteries charged during the day to keep it aloft overnight.
Pilot Andre Borschberg had flown over the Jura mountains west of the Swiss Alps since daybreak yesteray Photo: EPA

The Solar Impulse aircraft touched down on runway at Payerne airfield, Switzerland at exactly 8:00am.

Helpers rushed to stabilize the pioneering plane as it touched down, ensuring that its massive 207-foot (63-meter) wingspan didn’t touch the ground and topple the craft….


A solar-powered plane has become the first to complete a 24-hour flight, using batteries charged during the day to keep it aloft overnight.

Solar Impulse completes record-breaking flight

The Solar Impulse at sunrise Photo: AP
Solar Impulse completes record-breaking flight

Solar Impulse Photo: REUTERS
Solar Impulse completes record-breaking flight

Pilot Andre Borschberg had flown over the Jura mountains west of the Swiss Alps since daybreak yesteray Photo: EPA

The Solar Impulse aircraft touched down on runway at Payerne airfield, Switzerland at exactly 8:00am.

Helpers rushed to stabilize the pioneering plane as it touched down, ensuring that its massive 207-foot (63-meter) wingspan didn’t touch the ground and topple the craft…. Leer más “Solar Impulse completes record-breaking flight”