SatCom Direct has added SwiftBroadband “always on” position data from Inmarsat to its SD Flight Tracker mapping solution, enhancing the ability to track aircraft globally. The company blends the Inmarsat information with position data from other sources, including its own Flightdeck Freedom datalink, to provide what it claims is “the most comprehensive flight tracking service available.” SD Flight Tracker can be accessed from any Internet-connected device.
Avionics and ATC
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit; and news, issues, personnel, equipment and developments about air traffic management.
At 0300 UTC tomorrow, Brazil is opening registration for business aviation slots during the 2014 World Cup, which will take place from June 12 through July 13 at 12 cities across the country. Civil aviation administration agency ANAC also announced fines of up to $40,000 and even suspension of pilot certificates if commercial and general aviation flights don’t comply with the slot restrictions.
Navtech launched its iCharts electronic flight bag (EFB) solution for iOS devices today at the Arinc EFB Users Forum in Memphis, Tenn. iCharts is Navtech’s next generation of charting products that allows pilots to view aeronautical charts using an iPad or iPad mini. Further, it plans to release eCharts, a Windows version of its electronic chart software, at the end of next month. Both of these chart products are part of Navtech’s suite of charting solutions designed to replace paper aeronautical charts.
Satcom Direct and FlightSafety International are now offering cabin communication training for flight crews and maintenance technicians at FSI’s learning center in Teterboro, N.J. The curriculum delves into the inner workings of aircraft communications equipment, including how the satellite functions and instruction on the use of cabin Internet and voice systems for the flight crew. During the course, both flight crews and maintenance technicians will learn what steps to take when faced with an inoperative system while in flight or on the ground.
AirSatOne has added features for users of its satellite communications services, including data compression to make more efficient use of available bandwidth and the ability to filter data use by passengers to avoid high airtime charges. The new Flightstream SA services are free to any AirSatOne customer, according to Jo Kremsreiter, president of AirSatOne, and do not require that AirSatOne’s Flightstream AOC router be installed.
Calgary, Canada-based Flyht Aerospace Solutions has developed the Dragon, a low-cost Iridium-based portable satcom system that draws on the company’s expertise in airborne telecom. Selling for less than $10,000, Dragon allows pilots and passengers to communicate using voice or data, without the need for an expensive certification and installation approval program.
Owners and operators of U.S-registered aircraft are facing some expensive avionics mandates and upgrade requirements to meet new NextGen navigation standards. To help pay for these upgrades, the NextGen GA Fund was created to facilitate low-interest loans for individual aircraft owners and businesses that operate aircraft. The Fund is a result of legislation in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
Resilience–broadly, the ability to readily recover from external disturbances–seems likely to become the next buzzword in aviation’s lexicon. It is gaining acceptance primarily to describe a future world air navigation system’s resistance to interruptions and outright signal loss, to provide pilots with essential, unfailing position, navigation and timing (PNT) data. Resilience came to the fore at a February conference on GNSS vulnerability, sponsored by the UK Institute of Navigation.
Genesys Aerosystems (née Cobham) announced a deal yesterday with Air Medical Group Holdings for 210 HeliSAS systems to be installed in the operator’s fleet of Bell and Eurocopter EMS helicopters at subsidiaries Air Evac, Med Trans, EagleMed and Reach. The HeliSAS two-axis autopilot and stability augmentation system will be fitted to Air Medical Group’s fleet of helicopters over the next three years.
Honeywell Aerospace announced yesterday that it will be the exclusive hardware provider for a new continental U.S. air-to-ground 4G network from AT&T that will provide faster in-flight broadband service for business jets and airliners starting late next year. With the new 4G LTE service, passengers will experience speeds that are a “significant improvement” from today’s air-to-ground speeds, Honeywell said.