Flight-tracking company FlightAware has launched a number of new developments here at NBAA, including a worldwide ADS-B network that provides real-time, high-precision updates for any ADS-B-equipped aircraft operating within range of the more than 1,000 ADS-B FlightAware ground stations in more than 70 countries. ADS-B data augments that from other tracking sources, such as datalink and radar. FlightAware is showing off its new FlightFeeder ADS-B receiver here at NBAA (Booth 4845).
When Rockwell Collins (Booth 3099) met with reporters before last year’s NBAA Convention, the avionics manufacturer couldn’t say much about its still-pending acquisition of airborne communications provider Arinc. That transaction–at $1.4 billion Rockwell Collins’ largest ever purchase–closed in late December. Now the company has plenty to say about its plans to grow with Arinc in the business aviation market.
William “Bill” Highfill has joined Spirit Aeronautics in Columbus, Ohio, as director of maintenance. Spirit provides maintenance services, avionics design and installation and interior refurbishment for corporate, military, government and commercial operators.
Satellite communications systems have security vulnerabilities that may allow hackers to gain access to aircraft systems, according to cyber security expert Ruben Santamarta, principal security consultant at IOActive Security Services, speaking at the Black Hat USA conference early last month. Santamarta and IOActive published a white paper that discusses security vulnerabilities in air, sea and land satcom systems, including systems made by Cobham (formerly Thrane & Thrane) and Iridium.
The Mexican government is now allowing general and business aviation pilots to file advanced passenger information system (APIS) manifests directly when arriving in or departing from the country, eliminating the previous requirement to use a third-party flight-planning provider to do so.
Bombardier will be the first manufacturer to offer high-speed Ka-band in-flight Internet conductivity in a business aircraft, with Honeywell’s new JetWave satcom system to be available for delivery aboard the Canadian aircraft manufacturer’s Global series starting in 2016, the companies announced this morning.
Spirit Aeronautics of Columbus, Ohio, has named Bill Highfill director of maintenance. He will be responsible for aircraft maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishment operations. Highfill has 17 years of experience at Gulfstream Aerospace, Indianapolis Jet Center (now Comlux Aviation Services) and Arinc. Previous senior positions include director of maintenance, general manager and senior operations manager. Highfill graduated from Embry-Riddle University, where he studied business aviation maintenance management and aviation maintenance technology.
Rockwell Collins announced at the LABACE show that the Vector SMS available to its Arinc Direct customers has been approved by Bermuda’s Department of Civil Aviation to meet its requirement for safety management systems. The Vector program integrates with the Arinc Direct flight operation system, enabling users to identify risks and hazards, which can then be addressed through guidance or advisories. “Safety management systems are becoming a standard throughout the aviation industry worldwide,” said Bob Richard, staff vice president, Arinc Direct for Rockwell Collins (Booth 4002).
At last week’s Black Hat USA 2014 conference, Ruben Santamarta, the principal security consultant at IOActive Security Services, raised the issue of whether satellite communications systems have security vulnerabilities that might allow hackers to gain access to aircraft systems. Santamarta and IOActive published a white paper that discusses security vulnerabilities in air, sea and land satcom systems. “Today we are disclosing details to help people verify those findings,” Santamarta explained.
Bermuda’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is now accepting the Vector Safety Management System (SMS), available to Rockwell Collins’ Arinc Direct customers, as a means of compliance for the country’s SMS mandate. The DCA requires foreign business aviation operators to have an SMS program in place or to have started the SMS implementation process. The web-based Vector SMS program, provided through an agreement with Polaris Aero, integrates with the Arinc Direct flight operation service so customers can implement all the critical components of a safety management system.
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