International Communications Group (ICG) and Cobham Antenna Systems have been granted an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for a dual-network satcom system named Sora that offers both Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband voice and data services worldwide. The first Sora (the Japanese word for “sky”) system was recently installed and certified aboard a Gulfstream G200.
Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System
Arinc has become a distribution partner (DP) for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite communication services, allowing it to buy and resell airtime directly. According to the company, its new position as a SwiftBroadband wholesaler, which took effect April 1, will better enable it to offer tailored communications solutions to aircraft operators.
Private-equity firm Carlyle is reportedly seeking a buyer for aviation communications services company Arinc in a sale that could command as much as $1 billion. Carlyle acquired Arinc in July 2007.
Satcom Direct (Booth No. 3208) announced a new product and upgrades of existing ones at the NBAA show on Monday.
The company’s SD Flight Tracker is a Web-based service designed to deliver precise aircraft global positioning via Inmarsat, Iridium, VHF and broadband networks. It also provides real-time satellite system status and expands the capabilities of Satcom’s FlightDeck Freedom (FDF) service.
The new U.S. Customs and Border Protection requirement for aircraft operators to provide passenger manifest and aircraft information before departure for all international flights to and from the U.S. should be less of a chore thanks to a new electronic filing service offered jointly by NBAA and Arinc Direct Business Aviation Solutions.
Lincoln, Neb.-based Duncan Aviation has been named the 2008 Dealer of the Year by TrueNorth Avionics. Duncan represents the company’s Simphone product line and has installed the system in a variety of aircraft, including Gulfstreams, Falcons and Challengers. Simphone is an airborne telephone with options that include a
self-contained ACARS/AFIS datalink module, Iridium fax, a legacy satcom interface and embedded Wi-Fi.
Satellite communications services reseller Satcom Direct last month announced it has sent and received AFIS/Acars datalink messages over the Inmarsat I-4 satellite constellation, marking a first for a satcom service provider. The messages were broadcast from a Global Express using Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom service in collaboration with the SITA datalink network.
Airbus has launched a study for improving flight data recovery, including extended data transmission for commercial airliners, the company announced last week in an apparent acknowledgement of the deficiencies highlighted by the crash of Air France Flight 447 and subsequent efforts to recover its FDR and CVR.
The condition of the wreckage recovered from that Air France A330-200 that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1 indicates that the airplane broke apart upon hitting the water, not while in flight as previously hypothesized, according to an interim report issued by the French civil aviation accident investigation bureau (BEA) today.
Brazilian search teams found more wreckage from Air France Flight 447 yesterday and today as evidence mounted that the Airbus A330 likely broke apart above the ocean while flying through a violent storm.