Aircell unveiled new SwiftBroadband airtime programs for business aviation this week at EBACE. Business aircraft operators can now choose from a variety of SwiftBroadband data and voice plans offered by Aircell with accompanying services. Pay-as-you-go monthly data plans are available. These come with single monthly invoices for all Aircell SwiftBroadband, Iridium and Gogo Biz airtime services. Data compression is included at no additional charge. Heavy users of data are offered special annual plans.
Avionics and ATC » Avionics
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Lighting manufacturer Luma Technologies (Booth 3018) announced progress on several fronts at EBACE 2014. The Bellevue, Washington-based company focuses on design and manufacture of lighted products using LED and other solid-state technologies. These include caution-warning systems and display panels, switches, annunciators, integrated gear levers and other electro-mechanical controls.
Rockwell Collins (Booth 6129) has announced the EASA certification of its Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 avionics retrofit for the Dassault Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX. In addition, an upgrade for FANS 1/A will be available in 2015 for the aforementioned two aircraft and the Falcon 50EX.
Having taken over the European Hawker Beechcraft MRO business last year, Marshall Aviation Services (MAS) has completed its first King Air flightdeck upgrade, employing the Garmin G1000 avionics system. The King Air 300 modified for a European operator is the first aircraft in the EMEA region to feature this major upgrade.
Garmin (Booth 6055) has released European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs and airport diagrams as part of the European FliteCharts database. The electronic offer includes the geo-referencing feature, which overlays the aircraft position onto the map. For the initial release, European FliteCharts cover Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK.
Eclipse Aerospace has partnered with Boeing Digital Aviation subsidiary Jeppesen (Booth 3234) on a new web-based E-chart and navigation data delivery system for subscribers. The digital download will end the physical shipping of disk media to customers and ease update tasks for users that will no longer have to manually enter data into their avionics systems.
Significant numbers of business aircraft operators have made little or no progress in complying with key avionics mandates, according to new research commissioned by Honeywell Aerospace with data gathered from AIN readers. The survey identified the mandates for ADS-B out, 9FANS/PM-CPDLC datalink capability and FANS-1/A (North Atlantic region) as the most pressing concerns.
EBACE attendees are invited to bring their mobile devices to the UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) stand (3829) for a live demonstration of the company’s tablet interface module (TIM). The demo emulates a real flight by piping in simulated flight data through the TIM, which is mounted both in a UTC VIP seat and in a typical flight deck configuration. Visitors can plug their mobile device into the TIM’s USB interface to see how their apps display the live flight data and also stick around for a free battery top-off courtesy of UTAS.
TrueNorth Avionics is on track to receive the first FAA technical standard order (TSO) certification for its new FANS 1/A-capable Simphone data link unit (DLU), which enables FANS-over-Iridium communication over oceanic routes. The new DLU has already achieved RTCA DO-178B level-D software certification, and the TSO is expected shortly.
For operators of commercial aircraft, including airlines and business jet charter or fractional-share operations, gaining regulator approval for use of iPad tablet computers as Class 2 electronic flight bags (EFBs) can take time and effort. There is a simpler way to complete this process and that is working with a company that has figured out what needs to be done to satisfy the regulators and also meet aeronautical quality standards.