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).
The FAA has endorsed use of the Iridium satellite data service for air traffic control (ATC) communications in oceanic airspace, providing airlines and business jet operators with what is considered a low-cost solution for Future Air Navigation System (FANS) datalink messaging.
AgustaWestland’s new common cockpit concept is being adopted on all of its new helicopters in order to provide an identical “look and feel” to the operators. But the idea is about more than branding. Ultimately, it’s all to do with safety in the hope that in an emergency situation pilots will not have to give a moment’s thought to which model they are flying since all the commands are identical.
Satellite communications provider Inmarsat and aviation standards organizations have been working on a solution to a lesser-publicized aspect of the planned LightSquared broadband wireless network–the potential for the system’s high-power transmitters to interfere with satcom as well as GPS navigation signals.
More than 500 business aircraft are now using Arinc Direct services in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and the aeronautical communications and IT specialist is continuing to expand the scope of its support offerings for operators.
While the LightSquared broadband wireless network’s potential to disrupt GPS signals has been widely publicized, a lesser known problem is the possibility of the system’s high-power transmitters interfering with satcom.
While the LightSquared broadband wireless network’s potential to disrupt GPS signals has been widely publicized, a lesser known problem is the potential of the system’s high-power transmitters to interfere with satcom.