Rockwell Collins continues to increase its presence aboard the Airbus A380, most recently by securing multimillion-dollar contracts to supply the avionics communications routers and airline operational communications applications for the mega airliner.
Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System
DAC International has entered the EFB fray with the “Gen-X” electronic flight bag, a product that the company touts as unique because it is constructed to professional-grade avionics standards yet carries an uninstalled list price of less than $10,000.
CMC Electronics (Hall 4 Stand C16a) signed a contract to supply its latest flight management system, the CMA-9000, for the Thales cockpit in the Russian Regional Jet. Designed to carry between 63 and 98 passengers (depending on the version), the RRJ is under development at Sukhoi. The cockpit is said to be similar to that of the Airbus A380, which will be delivered with an FMS from Honeywell.
Arinc Direct has introduced an online tool called the Virtual Fuel Desk to help its business aviation customers boost their fuel purchasing power. The program provides comparative pricing from multiple fuel suppliers at virtually all major U.S. and Canadian airports and FBOs frequently used by business aviation.
International Communications Group (Booth No. 1447) is making it easier to reach out and touch someone. The Newport News, Va. company says its latest system, the AeroCom 1100 cabin telecommunications unit (CTU), provides an automated, integrated package that supports telephone, fax and data services for small to medium-sized business jets.
Arinc and Jeppesen last month announced an alliance that will integrate “best of class” EFB components from each company’s portfolios to produce what officials are billing as “the industry’s most advanced electronic flight bag (EFB) system.”
The number of aircraft flying in Europe with controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) equipment has about doubled in the past few months from 152 airplanes to more than 300, according to Eurocontrol officials. By contrast, CPDLC in the U.S. seems stuck in neutral, despite strong demand for the technology among airlines.
The companies have deployed new VHF air-ground stations to cover the airspace at Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne airports. The launch represents Arinc’s first GlobaLink VHF coverage on the continent, according to a spokesman. Arinc and AeroThai currently operate more than 40 GlobaLink stations providing communications across the Asia-Pacific region. Each ground station supports several hundred sq mi of airspace.
Wingspeed Corp. is unveiling a pair of new XLLink Iridium voice/datalink systems today that the company said will provide access to affordable flight tracking, two-way text messaging, voice calling and the aircraft communication addressing and reporting system (Acars) data service.
Shadin Avionics of St. Louis Park, Minn., has introduced an LRU that converts existing analog engine information for turboprop and turboshaft aircraft into a digital Arinc 429 format that can be displayed on EFIS avionics in lieu of mechanical instruments.