Oregon-based Eagle Cap Software is offering a new system allowing drone operators to add an aeronautical chart display to their ground control station (GCS) or situational awareness maps in order to facilitate operations taking place beyond the line of sight (BLOS).
According to the company, its Aviation Charting Service (ACS) includes the tools and software necessary for operators and developers to add the data as an overlay – in turn, says Dane Winchester, co-founder of Eagle Cap Software, “eliminating the need to have another app open during BLOS operations.”
The company explains that BLOS drone operators must have access to the same aeronautical data that manned aircraft operators are using. Data is available from Jeppesen, Lido, Navblue, air navigation service providers and the Federal Aviation Administration; Eagle Cap has developed the tools to process the data and then display it by using ACS.
The company says the system renders ARINC 424 data as vector elements from an SQLite database – minimizing the footprint of the data and increasing load times. It also supports raster tiles for the display of cultural, terrain, weather or other types of data. The service consists of two components: a library to display the data and an ARINC 424 data converter. Eagle Cap will also offer an ARINC 424 data subscription.
ACS currently supports the following ARINC 424 data types: Airports, VORs, NDBs, Waypoints, Airways (High), Airways (Low), Restricted Airspace and FIRs. It is available as a stand-alone map, or it can be integrated into Apple Maps, Google Maps and Web applications.
“This service provides a quick and easy method to add the visualization of aviation data to a GCS,” adds Winchester.