B737 Cockpit Companion for iPad (CCIPAD)

 

Current Version: 1.31

B737 Cockpit Companion for iPad is a conversion of Bill Bulfer's B737 NG Cockpit Companion book to an iPad app.


The app is supported and designed for the iPad 2, "new iPad", and the fourth-generation iPad, and iPad mini.  The app does not work with the original iPad due to requiring iOS 6.x.


In production since 1998, B737 Cockpit Companion has been a valued resource for airline pilots worldwide. It is a convenient accessible reference—often more so than flight operations manuals—to systems, incorporating notes on functionality, "theory of operation", and Bill's extensive experience as a line pilot with a major US carrier.


B737 Cockpit Companion steps far beyond the "need to know" philosophy that is characteristic of modern systems training, and which frustrates many line pilots.


The app is much more than an "eBook." At its heart is a powerful database engine that allows a tremendous number of configuration options to be customized without forcing the user to wade through clutter: When you browse a control head, for instance, you will see only content related to that control head.


The app uses the same panel navigation scheme as our popular B737 Alerts app, but provides much more functionality. It also contains a number of reference options, so you can look up data without having to work through the control panels.


The major features include:


    • All-new, high-resolution graphics detailing every panel and control head.


    • An extensive index of over 700 items, linked to the main text.


    • A circuit breaker locator, including item, location, power source, and ATA chapter.


    • Bill's high-resolution, vector-based schematics.


    • The content of the B737 Alerts app—a $15 value—optimized for the new database.


    • An extensive glossary.


    • A database update feature to help keep the database up to date.


Of interest to students or prospective pilots, we also include:


    • The content of the B737 QRG app—a $15 value—optimized for the new database.


    • A sample Limitations function.


    • A sample Master Minimum Equipment List, based on FAA Rev 55a.


    • An ATA chapter database.


The initial release is fully functional and covers a typical B737-600, -700, -800, and -900.  The baseline app includes free database updates.


In June, we will offer three add-on modules, as annual “subscriptions.”  These will be for RyanAir, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines.  While the basic program is encyclopedic, these modules focus content and discussion on configurations in use by these carriers.  They are intended as learning aids by pilots in those carriers, and rely on pilot input to stay relevant.  More information on these subscriptions can be found in the application, by touching the Store button under the Info tab.


We plan on adding 1-2 carriers/month via the Subscriptions method.


Note: This product contains all of the content of the B737 QRG app.


Note that this product is for informational purposes only. In all cases, your airline's regulator-approved Airplane Flight Manual is the final word as to the correct operation of your airplane.

There are two fundamental modes:


  1. Browse, where touching a panel can take you to increasing levels of detail that contains information specific to the selected panel or component.


  1. The Toolbar, where touching a topic will  list everything related to that topic, for the selected airplane.

The Browse mode is the heart of the program, and will be familiar to users of B737 Alerts.  Touching a panel takes us to ever-increasing levels of detail.

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  Overview

Once you are looking at a control head, you can touch a switch or indicator to get a detailed description.  You can also see available cross-referenced information by touching the right arrow.  Note that graphics may be magnified by reverse-pinching them.

Component description

Expanded mode

System Notes example

The circuit breaker mode shows an exhaustive list of circuit breakers. 


The list can be scrolled or you can use the search function.


The search function will scan the title, bus, and location.


So if you want to see all circuit breakers associated with, say, the Switched Hot Battery Bus, you can set this up.


Sample search results for “switched hot battery bus”

Bill’s high-resolution schematics are one of the best features of the Cockpit Companion books.  We’ve included them here, and made them better: you can magnify them by “reverse-pinching.”

Schematics are organized by ATA chapter.

You can magnify any portion of a schematic by reverse-zooming.

The Limitations mode is useful for prospective hires and for pilots reviewing for proficiency checks.  Note that the limitations do not match any specific carrier’s Limitations section; your Airplane Flight Manual is the final authority.  This is for educational purposes only. 

We’ve organized the limitations by chapter.

Selecting a chapter produces a list, organized for quick review.

If there’s too much content for the table, an arrow will be displayed, which will take you to a detail view.

The MMEL mode is useful for prospective hires, students, and flight-simmers.  It is derived from the FAA Master Minimum Equipment List, rev 55a.  We’ve removed all of the non-NG topics.  Note that each carrier has its own MEL, which can be much more restrictive; ours is necessarily generic and is for educational purposes.

We’ve organized the MMEL by ATA chapter.

Selecting a chapter shows the items in that chapter.

Once an item is selected, we display conventional MMEL information.

The Reference mode is where we put resources not related to airplanes.  Currently, we include an ATA chapter quick-reference and a glossary/acronyms decoder.

The Alerts mode provides tabular access to the various alerts and annunciations in the airplane.  It is organized by FMC, Annunciators, the Navigation Display, and the Primary Flight Display.

Selecting an annunciation will take you to the component item, as if you had navigated there in Browse mode.

We find that raw text searches often don’t work well in large technical documents.  So we’ve created a multi-tiered index, which lets you search for control heads by name, system notes, and components.  We’ve created over 700 keywords that will link to system notes and components.  We also let you narrow your search by choosing the type of data you’re looking for.

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  Browse Mode
  Circuit Breaker Mode
  Schematics
  Limitations Mode
  MMEL Mode
  Alerts Mode
  Reference Mode
   Index Mode

The QRG is identical to our B737 QRG app.  It is a “re-imagining” of QRH procedures, based on Bill’s experience.  It avoids loops and conditionals.  It’s mainly of use to prospective hires, students, and flight-simmers, or for people trying to understand some of the more convoluted processes found in official QRH’s.  The QRG does not match ANY carrier’s QRH or the factory QRH, so use caution.  It is for educational purposes only.

The QRG contents

After selecting Engine

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  QRG Mode

Touching the panel will highlight all defined components.

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Once you see a circuit breaker, you can quickly locate it in the cockpit.