Launch of the ViaSat-1 high-capacity, Ka-band, spot-beam satellite has been set for Wednesday, October 19 at 18:48 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Proton M launch vehicle. The satellite will enable the broadband multimedia Internet access that ViaSat, of Carlsbad, Calif., expects to provide over the next decade to meet an accelerating growth in airborne bandwidth demand.
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A glance outside the window at the Las Vegas Convention Center parking lot this week should be all you need to appreciate NBAA’s commitment to the light business aircraft (LBA) segment. It’s chock-a-block with the kinds of airplanes typically flown by their owners.
Fargo Jet Center, an FBO at North Dakota’s Fargo International Airport, is assisting with a global beef airlift to Astana, Kazakhstan. Starting this month, about two flights will depart for Kazakhstan per week, each loaded with approximately 195 North Dakota cattle. A total of 14 flights are scheduled.
In a media conference yesterday here at the NBAA convention, Flight Display Systems explained carefully that cabin electronics is sexy, “in spite of the messy nature of the retrofit business.”
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (HBC) announced at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas today that, together with Rockwell Collins, it has launched an aftermarket program to upgrade Pro Line Fusion displays to all fielded Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft.
ExecuJet Europe is further expanding its growing network of FBOs with its appointment by the UK’s Cambridge Airport to run its FBO. The Switzerland-based group has won a competitive tender to operate a branded FBO in its own name at the airport, which is located 70 miles northeast of London.
Innotech-Execaire (Booth No. N5915), in the aviation services business for more than 50 years, is investing in the expansion of both its Montreal and Toronto facilities “to support growing customer requirements,” said the company.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) announced yesterday at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas that, together with Rockwell Collins, it has launched an aftermarket program to offer new upgrade Pro Line Fusion displays avionics for to all fielded Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker and Beechcraft airplanes. The Fusion upgrade features large-format, landscape-oriented, touchscreen displays that come standard with the synthetic vision and visual flight management system, with a target price of less than $300,000 installed. Hawker Beechcraft GCS will initially offer upgrades to the King Air fleet, followed by Hawkers and Premiers. Certification is expected before the end of 2013.
Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser and online flight-planning provider iFlightPlanner.com have formed a partnership and announced here at NBAA the formal launch of an integrated flight-planning application specifically designed for use with the iPad and iPad 2.
National Jets, which is based at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, has added a Learjet 45XR to its fleet. The family-owned and -operated business, which dates from the 1940s, now offers executive charter, aircraft management and the National Jets Air Center, an FBO.