June 2010 Issue

Jeppesen Plate Reader: The FX8 Gets it Right

Smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the FX8 plate reader from SOLIDFX for Jeppesen plates is the best digital chart solution we’ve tried to date.

When we reviewed the first Jeppesen plate reader from SOLIDFX in September of 2009, we saw a lot of promise in the innovative software but we found the hardware too big and slow. SOLIDFX said they were working on improvements to the software and on the prowl for better hardware platforms. Nine months later, they have delivered on both promises with the FX8. We’re picky when it comes to these plate readers. They have to hit the Goldilocks zone of comfortable enough to hold in your hand as you could a piece of paper but big enough to view everything you might need to see between the final approach fix and the missed approach without panning or zooming.

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