Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System

May 6, 2008 - 5:46am

Largely obscured by the preoccupation with new security directives inspired by September 11, the debate over the FAA’s now binding interpretation of a long-standing pilot duty-time rule appears to have run its course. In fact, traffic declines have rendered the issue moot at major airlines, where pilot furloughs have left many longing for the days when duty times approached the 16-hr limit set by the FAA.

May 1, 2008 - 1:53pm

International Communications Group (ICG) has integrated its Iridium-based satcom systems with the Universal Avionics UniLink UL-70x communications management unit. Operators can use Iridium short-burst data or the standard dial-up data service to receive text and graphical weather anywhere in the world, along with text messaging, position reporting and Acars messaging.

April 17, 2008 - 6:18am

The Regional Airline Association will not challenge a May 31 Appeals Court ruling that upheld the legality of a new FAA interpretation of a long-standing duty-time rule, according to RAA technical affairs director Dave Lotterer. The ruling, issued by a District of Columbia circuit court judge, allows the FAA to enforce a November 2000 clarification of a 1985 rule that limits pilot duty days to 16 hr under FAR Part 121.

March 28, 2008 - 10:51am

Flight services provider Arinc has added an automatic radiation calculating feature to its Arinc Direct flight solution package. Portfolio subscribers will be able to use the feature free of charge to track the potential radiation exposure of their flight crews.

March 19, 2008 - 7:18am

A Concord, Mass. startup company is offering what it claims is a low-cost datalink service based on Arinc and Iridium communication standards. Wingspeed announced at the NBAA Convention its XL Link System, a low-speed data network with avionics that cost 70 percent less than comparable Acars equipment.

February 8, 2008 - 5:42am

Iridium took a big step toward its goal of providing en route aeronautical safety services to airliners operating on transoceanic and polar routes after an ICAO panel accepted a draft standards and practices document the company submitted last year. The endorsement makes Iridium a viable alternative to Inmarsat for aeronautical mobile  satellite route services (AMSRS) and Acars messaging.

February 8, 2008 - 5:42am

Iridium took a big step toward its goal of providing en route aeronautical safety services to airliners operating on transoceanic and polar routes after an ICAO panel accepted a draft standards and practices document the company submitted last year. The endorsement makes Iridium a viable alternative to Inmarsat for aeronautical mobile  satellite route services (AMSRS) and Acars messaging.

November 11, 2007 - 7:30pm

Arinc (Stand W416) has unveiled a gate check-in system that aims to cut costs for airports and airlines by allowing them to take advantage of so-called “common-use” passenger check-in platforms.

Arinc’s Muse technology lets several airlines share the same gates using common workstations in an arrangement that streamlines and simplifies gate check-in procedures, the company said.

November 11, 2007 - 6:53pm

Arinc is increasing its investments in Middle East aviation infrastructure, including a major expansion of the company’s GlobalLink Acars VHF air-to-ground network.
“We’re in the process of a multiyear expansion of the VHF network in the EMEA [Europe, Middle East and Africa] region,” said David Poltorak, vice president and managing director for Arinc’s EMEA business.

November 5, 2007 - 7:41am

Arinc and partner SES Americom have announced plans to expand the

 
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