Business aviation is on the upswing in India, and the country is poised to experience an even bigger boom in the sector as a result of favorable demographics and rapid economic growth. International inbound traffic is also growing in parallel with increasing investment and trade activity. The nation is attracting more international leisure travelers, reinforcing demand for investments in aviation infrastructure.
Aviation International News » November 2008
International Communications Group (ICG) last month announced that its NxtMail Over Iridium global e-mail services will now be available to users of Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry smartphones and Apple’s iPhone. To support the services, ICG has introduced an Iridium satcom server capable of providing the wireless link enabling BlackBerry and iPhone users simply to walk onto the airplane and start sending and receiving e-mail.
How times change. In the 1990s, the Departments of State and Commerce, backed by the Department of Defense and the GPS industry, were busy persuading foreign nations that with GPS available to everyone worldwide, they shouldn’t waste their money launching their own satnav systems. But the genie got out of the bottle anyway.
It’s certainly a comforting feeling, watching the avionics techs remove old black boxes from your airplane and replace them with the latest units on the market. You’ll now enjoy much better performance, vastly improved reliability, great warranty support and the latest technology that money can buy–but not for long.
BAE Systems is aiming a new compact and lightweight head-up display, called Q-HUD, at a wide market that includes light and midsize business jets. BAE claims that the new HUD, introduced at last month’s NBAA Convention, will be 50 percent lighter, significantly less costly and more reliable than conventional HUDs, while also generating less heat and providing pilots with more headroom.
Dassault Falcon last month announced the long-anticipated upgrade to the Honeywell Primus Epic-based EASy (Enhanced Avionics System) flight deck: the EASy Phase II system with synthetic-vision system (SVS) technology.
EMS Satcom last month introduced the latest and lightest in its line of eNfusion high-gain antennas for airborne satellite communications, the AMT-700, weighing in at less than five pounds. The antenna features higher gain, lower power consumption and
Dallas-based Sagem Avionics announced it has received a supplemental type certificate for installation of its ICDS avionics system in the Commander 690 turboprop twin. According to the company, the display suite is designed to be user friendly and reduce pilot workload. The avionics suite is available with two, three or four 10-inch color active-matrix liquid-crystal displays.
Dassault Falcon 900C and 900EX owners will soon be able to receive flight-deck facelifts, thanks to a Honeywell retrofit program announced at last month’s NBAA Convention by StandardAero. The company will be the launch partner for the program and will generate the first STC for Honeywell’s DU-875 in a program that is expected to be completed late next year.
The number of GPS-based wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) instrument approach procedures in the U.S. has surpassed the number of ILS approaches in the country, according to the FAA. “This is clearly a turning point for aviation and the way pilots navigate,” the agency noted in a statement announcing the milestone.