Gulfstream has received a third STC for installation of high-speed Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) data systems, this time in the ultra-long-range G550/G500. The approval opens the door for installations of equipment used for connecting laptop computers and other Web-enabled devices with the Arinc SkyLink and Direct broadband satellite data service.
Aviation International News » May 2005
Perhaps an indication of the sway Garmin has come to hold in the aviation industry, Raytheon last month announced a name change for the venerable Beech Bonanza A36 and Baron 58 piston airplanes to indicate their inclusion of Garmin avionics systems.
Preparing for the day when aircraft passengers are allowed to make cellphone calls in flight, Arinc and Telenor have created AeroMobile, a new service that the companies say will make such calling routine for airline and business aircraft passengers.
Pilots checking out the flight deck of the Eclipse 500 may notice something missing. The very light jet has no traditional standby instruments. That’s because they’re incorporated into the machine’s 15-inch multifunction display, which itself sits between the left and right PFDs. The standby data–airspeed, attitude, altitude and heading–appear on a compact four-inch square display, replicating the larger PFDs.
Today’s highly capable glass cockpits certainly put old, round-dial standby instruments in the shade. In many cases, standby training has become almost a chore rather than a necessity. Yet the standbys are always there, ready for us. The question is, are we always ready for them?
Since 1999, the North American aero-medical transport industry, particularly its helicopter EMS community, has become increasingly introspective regarding an accident rate it sees as excessive and has focused its attention on night flights and operations in reduced visibility, which constitute a large portion of mishaps. An area of special interest is wider use of technologies to enhance and amplify the visual capabilities of pilots.
After publishing a series of airworthiness directives earlier this year aimed at operators of certain aircraft equipped with Honeywell Primus Epic avionics, the FAA last month added the Cessna Citation Sovereign to the list of airplanes affected by the directive.
Boeing has selected Broadbeam, a New Jersey-based mobile communication specialist, to develop wireless electronic flight bag (EFB) technology for airlines.
Iridium has entered into preliminary discussions with satellite manufacturers about potential replacements for its network of low-earth-orbit communications satellites. The company is in the early stages of developing a satellite replacement strategy, according to a spokesman, who said the company plans to start serious design work around 2009.
The scene at a recent aviation trade show illustrates perfectly what has become an industry-wide dilemma. An avionics sales representative had just finished giving a seasoned flight department manager a nearly hour-long sneak preview of his employer’s newest retrofit cockpit system.