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.
Phoenix-based Accord Technologies is at Heli-Expo (Booth No. 7839) to acquaint OEMs, avionics developers and modification centers with its NexNav modular GPS receivers.
The company’s small, low-power receivers are available as circuit card assemblies (CCA) for avionics OEM hosting or as LRUs for aircraft installations. They will support ADS-B, all normal GPS procedures and precision approach requirements.
Accord’s NexNav technology is compatible with Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) including WAAS, European EGNOS, Japan’s MTSAT and GAGAN in India.
Pilots who have problems obtaining Jeppesen charts or believe Jeppesen holds a monopoly on the distribution of IFR approach and en route charts might be interested to know that there are alternatives. Jeppesen isn’t the only game in town, although the company has made an art of crafting its own approach charts and not simply repurposing government charts.
Arinc Direct is trying to help aircraft operators meet the new requirement to implement safety management systems (SMS) by introducing a new process for conducting the necessary risk factors assessment before each flight.
Arinc has added new map technology and automated risk factor assessment for meeting safety management system (SMS) requirements to Arinc Direct, its flight-planning service. Using new map technology from SkyVector, Arinc Direct is offering its subscribers the ability to view in selectable detail a planned route and the aeronautical map data behind it.