Arinc Direct (Booth 1200) is showcasing the preproduction version of Xplore, a communications service that offers, on an iPad, Acars messaging, voice and a messaging platform for SMS and instant messaging and BlackBerry email services. The new product is “in the final stages of testing before certification and full production,” according to Arinc Direct, which is taking pre-orders at the EBACE show.
Xplore, which works via Iridium and Inmarsat satellites, is designed for use with business jets, helicopters and turboprops flying in remote locations. Regions such as Africa and Australia are key targets. For existing Arinc Direct customers, the Acars messaging functionality is said to be “completely interoperable” with their existing account.
Arinc Direct has further developed synchronization of data between two or more iPads. When using the Arinc Direct iPad app in the cockpit, pilots can share data via Bluetooth. Arinc Direct has also added real-time cloud synchronization of data.
The Annapolis, Maryland-based firm claims to have a customer base of more than 2,900 business jets. In Europe, Middle East and Africa the number of supported aircraft grew by 20 percent last year, according to the company.– T.D.