Aircell, a provider of in-flight connectivity for business aviation, has established an aviation scholarship program in conjunction with the AEA Educational Foundation. The $2,500 Aircell Scholarship will be available each year to high-school seniors and/or college students who plan to attend, or are already attending, an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program. The intent of the scholarship is to identify and reward those individuals who best exemplify the qualities that lead to success in the aviation industry.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) appointed an airline lobbyist as its new leader yesterday. Fabio Gamba, most recently deputy secretary general of the Association of European Airlines (AEA), will join the business aviation association as CEO on September 1. EBAA’s current president and CEO, Brian Humphries, will remain as president.
At the AEA show yesterday, Universal Avionics announced it is now taking orders for its next-generation datalink communications system, the UniLink UL-800 and UL-801 communications management unit (CMU). The UL-800 and -801 enable high-speed datalink communications between pilots and ATC, according to Universal, and feature future air navigation system (Fans 1/A) and VHF datalink mode 2 capabilities.
The road to ADS-B may well be paved with good intentions, but for operators of smaller aircraft there could be some serious financial potholes ahead.
Under a new FAA rule, ADS-B installation costs will at least double for corporate aircraft and could increase by up to 700 percent for general aviation aircraft, according to the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA). The association bases its prediction on a decision by the FAA’s aircraft engineering division that, effective August 30, field approval of ADS-B Out installations was replaced by the STC process.
The Aircraft Electronics Association has released the results from its 2010 rate & labor survey to its members. Comparing this year’s results to last year’s, the AEA discovered a promising business outlook for the remainder of this year and into next.
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) is giving out free copies of its 2009/2010 Pilot’s Guide to Avionics at Booth No. 4961. The guide is a comprehensive directory featuring more than 170 pages of the latest avionics information and technologies. It also has a directory of certified avionics and instrument facilities as well as avionics manufacturers and distributors.
Avionics makers today unveiled a host of new products at the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Grapevine, Texas, providing a hopeful sign that the general aviation industry can brush off the effects of a bad economy. Aircell caused the biggest stir at a well attended new products introduction session this morning by announcing that its Axxess-compatible in-flight broadband system for business jets will be available in July.
Universal Avionics Systems Corp. of Tucson, Ariz., announced that Charles Edmondson, one of the founders of the company along with the late Hubert Naimer, has retired. The two men founded the company in Torrance, Calif., in 1980. As executive vice president, Edmondson had responsibility for Universal Avionics’ worldwide operations. More recently, he served as senior corporate vice president and as a member of the board of directors.