Innotech-Execaire has selected On-Board Data Systems (OBDS) as its partner for software and services in support of a fleet-wide electronic flight bag (EFB) upgrade the Montreal-based companies announced last month. As part of the agreement OBDS will design software allowing online delivery of electronic chart updates directly to the EFB units in the cockpit.
Aviation International News » July 2006
Duncan Aviation last month reported that it installed and certified the first AirCell Axxess onboard communications system, in a Falcon 2000.
Asked about the market for cockpit retrofit installations, Honeywell vice president for aftermarket sales John Bolton said the floodgates have been pushed wide open by buyers seeking to renovate the flight decks of aging aircraft that thanks to fresh paint and new interiors still have a lot of life left.
AirCell’s winning bid of $31.319 million for an important segment of the air-to-ground frequency spectrum last month bodes well for business jet operators and passengers, who stand to benefit from access to high-speed-data services available across the U.S. over a network of special ground towers.
Priced at about $11 per megabyte, access to Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband airborne data service will represent a relatively expensive option for in-flight Internet access.
Israel’s Elbit Systems announced that subsidiary Kollsman has acquired a 20-percent stake in Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif. Valued at $12 million, the deal forms a marketing and engineering alliance between the companies and includes an option for Kollsman to buy the remaining 80 percent of Sandel within 30 months.
An advisory board of pilots and aircraft owners met at Embraer’s headquarters in South America last month to evaluate the man-machine interface of the Phenom 300’s Prodigy cockpit. Based on the Garmin G1000 avionics system, Prodigy employs what Embraer refers to as a “quiet and dark” design philosophy, providing heightened situational awareness and clear instructions well suited to single-pilot operations.
The retrofit flat-panel cockpit from Exton, Pa.-based Innovative Solutions & Support has gained its STC, clearing the way for hardware shipments to authorized installation shops. IS&S announced it has shipped the hardware to Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho, and Epps Aviation in Atlanta, where the first customer installations have begun.
Speaking at an Embry-Riddle seminar on the future of aviation maintenance in late May, an engineer for L-3 Avionics Systems seemed to indicate the company is conducting research into a new type of enhanced-vision system (EVS) that could sell for a fraction of the price of current cooled and uncooled sensor technology.
The FAA in late May granted the first Part 25 STC for a synthetic-vision system (SVS), handing over the approval paperwork to Universal Avionics after the successful completion of flight testing in a Challenger 601-3A at Long Beach Airport.