For at least a decade, the business aviation industry has looked forward to a seamless transition from the office or home to the private jet, with all the same electronic amenities, in particular high-speed Internet connectivity.
Arinc last month completed the first integration and testing of an eXchange/SkyLink broadband Internet system aboard a Boeing Business Jet. The installation combined Rockwell Collins’s eXchange satellite broadband avionics with Arinc’s SkyLink Ku-band satellite service.
Astro-Med (Booth No. 2093) is unveiling its new ToughWriter 5 flight-deck printer for business and regional jets. The new printer is the world’s smallest Arinc 744A flight-deck printer, measuring 7.3 inches deep and weighing less than nine pounds. Print quality is 300 by 600 DPI and speed is up to five seconds per page. The printer features built-in WiFi.
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.
NBAA has partnered with Arinc Direct to offer a new online tool to help members comply with U.S. Customs’ electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eApis) requirements. Customs requires aircraft operators to electronically submit passenger manifest and aircraft information before departure for all international flights to or from the U.S.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Hall 3 Stand D50) and Boeing have signed a contract to offer CMC’s multi-channel SwiftBroadBand compliant CMA-2102SB satcom high-gain antenna system for new Boeing 777s. The 2102SB recently received Inmarsat multi-channel SwiftBroadBand approval and Transport Canada appliance type approval. The device is the only top-mount Arinc 741 antenna to gain such approval.
CMC Electronics expects the first applications of its FronTier range of integrated cockpit systems to enter service before the end of 2013. The Canadian company is seeking to challenge the dominance of Honeywell and Rockwell Collins in the Part 25 business jet market segment by developing a competitor to the Primus Epic and Pro Line avionics suites.
Business aviation flight services provider Arinc Direct has started offering electronic APIS (advanced passenger information system) reports for flights arriving or departing the U.S. and its territories. Effective May 18, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will require pilots of general aviation aircraft to electronically transmit passenger manifests at least 60 minutes before departure. APIS compliance until May 18 had been voluntary.
Arinc has adjusted the pricing structure for its datalink services by introducing a flat fee for global communications via VHF Inmarsat and Iridium. According to the company, this will reduce or at least stabilize costs for operators at a time when they can ill-afford to incur unexpected fees.
Satcom Direct (Booth No. 683) now offers services via Inmarsat, Iridium and ViaSat (which provides a Ku-band broadband service called “Yonder” from leased satellite capacity, although it is planning to have its own satellites). The company’s relationship with ViaSat means it will compete with the Arinc SKYLink/Rockwell Collins exchange system, now installed in some 80 business aircraft.