There seems to be no end to the new 'electronic charting"
solutions that are coming our way... but few (if any) boast the
level of clear readability that we've seen from t he SolidFX FX8.
SolidFX introduced the FX8 and FX8-3G, the newest additions to the
FX Series of Aviation Information Managers, last Spring. Using the
SolidFX FXView application, the FX8 and FX8-3G Aviation Information
Managers serves as a chart reader, notepad, cockpit organizer,
electronic briefcase and library.
With an 8.1-inch diagonal display, instant-on performance,
24-hour battery life, and enhanced notepad functionality, the FX8
and FX8-3G each weighs less than 13 ounces. The screen and stylus
combo in each is more readable and convenient than paper and
pencil. It enables pilots to zoom, pan and annotate charts, and
write and store important notes such as ATIS, clearance, flight
plan, and other critical data as well as store important documents
for ready access.
With the IREX DR800S reader as its platform, the FX8 is aimed at
corporate Part 91 and Part 135 charter operators. Based on the
DR800SG, the FX8-3G is ideal for general aviation pilots who want
to take advantage of 3G connectivity. The wireless connectivity can
be turned off during cockpit operations.
Because of their size -- less than 8 by 6 inches, and less than
a half-inch thick -- the FX8 or FX8-3G can be easily held or
mounted in virtually any aircraft. The FX8 Series displays Jeppesen
terminal charts, chart NOTAMs, and airport information. The screen
size and aspect ratio allow an approach chart to appear in full on
the screen for easy viewing.
Using the stylus, pilots can easily zoom and pan the chart at
will, or with a single tap instantly magnify the chart to show the
familiar Jeppesen approach briefing strip, plan view, and profile
view of the chart. The width of the FX8 screen is about the same as
a printed Jeppesen approach plate.