When the Lopresti clan announced that the long-awaited Lopresti
Fury was alive and well and actually headed for serial production,
they also let us in on the news that they had some interesting
additions in store for that program... namely a fully-integrated
Apple iPod digital audio recorder.
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The reason to include an iPod goes far beyond a pilot's ability
to take his or her music with them when they fly, said LoPresti VP
of Operations RJ Siegel. (Or even ANN's Aero-Casts -- Ed.)
The iPod brings a number of unique abilities to the Fury
LoPresti has implemented the iPod to serve as a digital data
recorder. With the ability to record over 500 hours of flight time,
the iPod becomes the first truly portable, personal flight recorder
with a huge recording capacity.
Using it as an audio recorder, LoPresti has the ability to
capture and replay audio on demand. This includes cockpit
conversation, as well as two way audio transmissions such as
LoPresti notes iPods are also easy to replace, and available on
almost every street corner. "The complete antithesis of aviation
electronics," as LoPresti puts it. The iPod replaces several
expensive, and heavy, components, such as CD players. Instead, the
iPod delivers over 10,000 tunes and serves cockpit functions.
"This is the perfect marriage of a consumer product to the
aviation market," said Siegel. "The iPod has an ideal product spec
for aviation. It's light and small, with very low power
requirements and a simple interface. By introducing such a
mainstream device to aviation, we open the door to increased
functionality at bargain basement prices."
"There are thousands of developers passionate about writing
applications for the iPod," Siegel added. "With such a large body
of programmers we literally have no idea what the next great
aviation application may be."