San Diego-based Blue Sky Network, a developer of low-cost airborne voice and data satcom services for business aviation, now expects to have its first satcom system certified and available this quarter. The single-channel system uses the Iridium network of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites and refurbished Motorola 9500 ($595) or 9505 ($995 to $1,495, depending on features) airborne telephones.
Aviation International News » January 2002
Los Angeles-based Teledyne Controls announced an agreement with satcom antenna maker EMS Technologies to design and integrate a high-speed data terminal for use with Teledyne’s MagnaStar telephone system. Under terms of the deal, EMS Technologies will supply MagnaStar customers with an aeronautical data pipeline designed to interface with Inmarsat Swift64 service.
Wireless communications company Qualcomm last month put on an impressive demonstration of its medium data rate satcom system (MDSS) on the show floor at NBAA in New Orleans. The system used a 128-kbps satellite connection to the Internet to uplink live video and audio from Qualcomm’s exhibit-floor display to a company Challenger 604 flying over San Diego.
Thales Avionics, the French firm that changed its name from Sextant Avionique last year, announced last month that it will design and certify an enhanced vision system (EVS) for the Head-Up Flight Display System (HFDS) that was certified by the FAA in September. The avionics manufacturer thus becomes the fourth entrant in the EVS development arena, joining Kollsman/Gulfstream, CMC Electronics and Max-Viz.
Belgian regional airline Delta Air Transport (DAT) moved closer to its goal of becoming the successor to the defunct Sabena Airlines late last month, after a commercial court in Brussels decided to postpone a bankruptcy ruling on DAT creditor Sabena Interservice Center (SIC). A former wholly owned subsidiary of Sabena, SIC must issue a recovery plan sufficient to warrant a definitive suspension of debt payments.
BAE Systems may have to build another 14 of its Avro RJX regional jets, despite announcing its intention to scrap the program in late November. The UK manufacturer is now seeking to renegotiate contracts with launch customers British European Airways (BEA) and Druk Air of Bhutan. The British operator placed an order for 12 RJXs and options for another eight, and Druk Air holds a firm order for two.
French authorities on December 13 acted on a court order to seize one of Crossair’s Embraer ERJ-145s at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport at the behest of Air Lib, the French airline formed through the consolidation of former Swissair subsidiaries Air Liberté and AOM.
In his opening speech at Crossair’s December 6 extraordinary shareholders assembly in Basel, Switzerland, Crossair founder and outgoing chairman Moritz Suter expressed regret over the new shareholders’ decision to oust him and six other members of the board, but resigned “to ensure a smooth transition and secure a good start” for the reconstituted Crossair intercontinental airline.
Some $10.1 million in direct government aid allowed Midway Airlines to reopen for business December 19, but its days as a regional/national hybrid operating Bombardier CRJs alongside its mainline jets appear to be over.
As Chautauqua Airlines took delivery of its first four 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140s on December 1, the Air Line Pilots Association prepared to intensify efforts to bar the Indianapolis-based airline–or any carrier other than American Eagle–from providing feed for American Airlines under the American Connection marketing identity.