Among the new products announced yesterday at the 55th Aircraft Electronics Association Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., were more new ways to hook Apple iPads to cockpit electronics. Aspen Avionics is nearing certification of its Connected Panel iPad interface, now due by July.
Arinc Direct has further developed its iPad app, which was launched at the NBAA Convention last year and designed to be a low-cost electronic flight bag (EFB) solution. The Arinc Direct app will soon include a moving-map display, weather-radar feed, runway analysis and enhanced flight-planning tools.
The SkymasterTX digital video downlink transmitter from Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) should be interesting to military and government purchasers who require secure real-time downloading of video imagery.
IMT, a business unit of the Vitec Group, is at Booth No. 7317 to display and explain the lightweight, full-featured digital video transmitter built to address aircraft secure encryption downlink requirements. The transmitter features ARINC mounting, which allows easy moving of units from one aircraft to another.
Competing contractors have disclosed the industry teams they’ve assembled to pursue the FAA’s Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) contract, the second major step toward building the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The DCIS contractor will provide a data communications network connecting ground and aircraft automation systems, enabling digital data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers starting in 2015.
Arinc Direct announced today that it has added standardized airport noise abatement procedures to its product suite for flight planning, thanks to an agreement with FlightRisk and Whispertrack. As such, the company’s flight-planning suite now includes noise-abatement procedures for more than 22 North American airports, including Teterboro, N.J., and Oakland and Santa Monica, Calif. Arinc Direct claims it is the first flight-planning service to provide this data as standard information for its operators.
Digital data messaging between pilots and air traffic controllers is scheduled to begin replacing voice-based communications in U.S. airspace in the next three years.
Having started life mainly focused on the airline sector, Arinc (Booth No. N4221) has further expanded its horizons into business aviation, especially so since the U.S.-based group opened its international division in the UK back in 2000. Since the EBACE show in May, Arinc Direct has added more than 50 business aircraft to the international fleet it supports.
Arinc has jumped into the crowded market for wireless Internet access in airline cabins with the unveiling of its new Cabin Connect suite of products, using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband connection.
VT Miltope is featuring, here at the NBAA show, a network product family with the functionality to create custom airborne systems in the same way business office networks are created. The company, with headquarters in Hope Hull, Ala., is part of VT Systems and a subsidiary of ST Engineering.
The FAA has issued a request for offers to provide data communications services under the agency’s Data Comm effort, considered one of the “transformational” programs leading to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).