Aviation International News » July 2011

June 28, 2011 - 6:20am

A King Air 200, fitted with Aviator 200 powered by Thrane & Thrane, was on display at the Ebace convention in May.

The system delivers Internet and e-mail to WiFi-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops at data transfer speeds up to 158 kbps–not a particularly high transfer rate, but reasonable in these economic times at a cost of approximately $75,000.

June 28, 2011 - 6:17am

Aircell’s Aviator 300, powered by Thrane & Thrane, has been selected for 12 factory airframe programs, including those at Bombardier, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft and Gulfstream. Aviator 300 provides global data connectivity for e-mail and light Internet service at speeds up to 332 kbps.

June 28, 2011 - 6:13am

Rockwell Collins announced in May the successful aftermarket installation of its Venue CMS on two Dornier 328DBJ executive jets that will fly for charter operator Skybird.

The installation, by independent completion and refurbishment specialist 328 Support Services of Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, makes the 328DBJ (Dornier Business Jet) the first European-manufactured aircraft to fly with Venue, according to Rockwell Collins.

June 28, 2011 - 6:10am

Passengers travelling in Comlux The Aviation Group’s new executive Airbus A319s will be able to remain in touch during flights using their personal cellphones, thanks to OnAir’s in-flight connectivity service. With the service, sending and receiving voice calls and text messages, e-mails and mobile data transfer are possible.

June 28, 2011 - 6:05am

Signature Flight Support and NetJets signed a long-term lease that will provide the fractional operator with a dedicated, private terminal at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). The project, slated for completion in early 2013, will include a 10,000-sq-ft terminal as well as approximately six acres of paved ramp, aircraft movement and car parking areas.

June 28, 2011 - 5:47am

Piper Aircraft named 30-year aerospace veteran Michael Dow as chief of production for the PiperJet Altaire, the company’s in-development single-engine business jet. Dow was most recently group manager of manufacturing, engineering and tooling at Aurora Flight Sciences, and previously worked at Bell Helicopter for 11 years.

June 28, 2011 - 5:40am

Aug. 29, 2005, is a date few residents of the Gulf Coast will ever forget, as Hurricane Katrina, the costliest disaster in the history of the U.S., rolled ashore. The storm devastated a swath of coastline across several states, and among the hardest-hit communities were the cities of Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss. Visitors in many coastal areas there today can still see blank concrete slabs where buildings once stood.

June 28, 2011 - 5:10am

While fatigue has attracted the most attention as a cause of the recent well publicized air traffic controller errors, the Transportation Department’s top watchdog suggests that training and staffing may also play a large part.

June 28, 2011 - 4:24am

Jet Aviation will install Honeywell’s Ovation Select cabin management system in a BBJ currently undergoing completion at the center’s Basel facilities.

The system provides total command of the cabin environment through icon-based touchscreen passenger interface controls; either a drink-rail-mounted personal control unit or wireless hand-held device.

June 28, 2011 - 4:21am

JetCorp Technical Services of Chesterfield, Mo., has received an STC for the Aircell cabin telecommunications router (CTR) on a Challenger 300. Installation and certification of the CTR provides in-cabin Wi-Fi capability for Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet connection.

 
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