While the European Commission has defined “excellent” governance principles for better regulation, it has not followed its own rules, ERA director general Mike Ambrose told AIN ahead of this month’s ERA general assembly in Barcelona.
Aviation International News » September 2006
When it comes to the market for business aircraft datalink messaging services, three companies have settled into sharing and competing for most of the available business. Honeywell’s service is provided by its Global Data Center in Redmond, Wash., while Arinc Direct operates from Arinc’s headquarters in Annapolis, Md.
Boeing’s plan to shut down its Connexion in-flight Internet service by the end of the year has thrown the future of Rockwell Collins’s eXchange high-speed-data service into limbo as the avionics maker searches for a new program partner.
For the music lover, Premier/West Star has installed an Alto Aviation Entertainment System (AES) in a Citation X. No ordinary audio setup, the premium sound system makes use of four custom mid/high speaker enclosures, two subwoofers and a high-power audio amplifier. Featuring special acoustic modeling and proprietary software, Alto’s engineers have worked diligently to ensure passengers hear music as the artist originally intended.
A NASA research program has led to a U.S. patent for a system designed to warn pilots when energy levels on approach stray outside normal ranges. Awarded in July, the patent is for a system and related software designed to analyze “kinetic and potential energy” on approach and takeoff to determine if the aircraft “will be put in an anomalous configuration” when joining a stable approach or takeoff path.
An electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computer that’s about as thin as a pencil and can run for days on a single charge? That is the aim of Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc, which introduced its eFlyBook EFB to rave reviews at EAA’s AirVenture in late July. Unlike laptop computer screens, the eFlyBook display stays sharp, clear and legible under all cockpit lighting, even direct sunlight, Arinc claims.
Honeywell has introduced the KDR 610 datalink weather receiver to the company’s Bendix/King product line, entering the hot market for XM satellite weather information to the cockpit. Designed to interface with the Bendix/King KMD 250, KMD 550 and KMD 850 multifunction displays, the KDR 610 is composed of a receiver, the cockpit display and an antenna.
A device that its Australian inventor says will let in-flight cellphone users access a variety of data functions without interfering with aircraft avionics and terrestrial cellular networks will be formally unveiled at this month’s World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) Conference, held from September 12 to 15 in Miami.
New environmental laws enacted by the European Union over the summer could mean that the avionics of tomorrow will be less reliable than radios built before Charles Lindbergh’s solo Atlantic crossing. But before anybody vows never to buy another new piece of aircraft electronics, here’s the full story.
Runway incursions this summer nearly wrecked the flawless accident record major U.S. airlines have achieved since the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York almost five years ago.
On July 23 a departing United Airlines Boeing 737 came within 300 feet of colliding with a Boeing 747 freighter on an intersecting runway at Chicago O’Hare Airport. The incident was blamed on controller error.