The airborne products division of Teac announced the availability of new “plug and play” digital file servers for use with the company’s in-flight entertainment systems. The AE-1600SS digital audio server and VE-801SS video server can store and replay up to four times the digital content of tape-based units, Teac claimed.
Arinc Direct’s flight planning solution is now supporting more than 150 aircraft in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region–over 100 more than at the time of EBACE 2007, said the company.
“Quite literally Arinc is adding new customers week after week, representing the charter operators and corporate flight departments that are household names in the European industry,” said Bob Richard, senior director of Arinc Direct.
Maneuvering over Southern Florida and through busy Miami airspace on a classically warm and convective Thursday in March, an FAA test airplane spent several hours aloft exchanging more than 100 routine messages with ATC–all without the pilots or controllers having to utter a single word.
Following a somewhat protracted rollout, the availability of end-user airborne broadband services now appears ready to meet the burgeoning demand from business aircraft operators and their passengers. And much of this technology is being demonstrated here at EBACE this week.
Gulfstream and Arinc late last month were preparing for initial flight trials in a GIV of the dish antenna and other hardware components to power a new airborne broadband datalink service called SkyLink.
As the crow flies, the distance between Baltimore and Newark is only about 160 mi. But during the height of thunderstorm season, when lines of towering cumulus march eastward–often erupting into wide, impenetrable walls of rain, turbulence and lightning–the distance can easily double, while travel times can triple.
In a major vote of confidence for Arinc’s new SkyLink airborne broadband data service, Gulfstream announced it is buying 40 complete systems for installation in customer airplanes. This is the launch order for the system, which Arinc claims offers Internet connections that are five times faster and a third the price of Inmarsat’s rival Swift64 service.
Goodrich has received technical standard order approval from the FAA for the company’s new solid-state VRS-3000 vertical reference system. Designed as a replacement for conventional spinning mass gyros, the VRS-3000 is particularly well suited for aircraft that are subject to high vibration, such as helicopters, but also appropriate for fixed-wing applications.
Arinc announced it has successfully tested a “true broadband communications receiver for aircraft” called SkyLink, which the company said provides Internet surfing capability aboard business jets at speeds unparalleled by competing offerings. The Annapolis, Md.
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.