Rockwell Collins will be able to continue providing satellite broadband network service to its eXchange business aircraft customers thanks to a deal announced yesterday with Arinc to bring eXchange onto the SkyLink satellite data network. The agreement fills the void left when Boeing announced earlier this year that it was discontinuing its Connexion satellite communication service, which had handled the eXchange traffic.
Arinc Direct’s FAA Part 145 certified repair station at the Scottsdale, Ariz. airport is now a factory authorized service center for the Piaggio Avanti and Avanti II. Arinc Direct Scottsdale becomes only the second Part 145 repair center in the U.S. to earn the Piaggio factory service authorization, according to Piaggio. Arinc Direct is at NBAA’06 Booth No. 758 with details on its services and capabilities.
Rudy’s Inflight Catering is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its White Plains, N.Y. kitchen with an expansion of the facilities. According to Joe Celentano, who with his brother John owns and manages Rudy’s, “We are about to add a 900-sq-ft refrigerator to supplement the operation.” The facility, on the grounds of Westchester County Airport, has also extended its hours and is now serving clients 24/7/365.
The ability to surf the Internet at broadband speeds aboard midsize business jets took a step closer to reality last month with Arinc’s announcement that it is developing a reconfigured version of its SkyLink airborne data system. Key to the project will be identifying a Ku-band compatible antenna that is small enough to fit atop the fuselage of jets in the category of Gulfstream’s G150.
Arinc plans to eliminate guesswork from the aircraft weight-and-balance equation. The Annapolis, Md.-based transportation communications and systems engineering specialist has received a patent for new weight-and-balance technology that it says will precisely, unobtrusively and automatically weigh passengers and their carry-on items before boarding.
Company boasts two part 145-authorized facilities
The APG service allows crews to quickly calculate safe takeoff limits based on aircraft weight and type, actual runway conditions, obstructions and terrain, as well as real-time weather. It covers more than 100 business jet types and incorporates software and performance data from the aircraft manufacturers.
With the announcement last month of its intent to acquire Garrett Aviation Services, The Carlyle Group is creating a formidable business aviation industry presence in the U.S.
The Washington-based global private equity firm expected to close the $160 million cash deal to acquire Garrett from General Electric by the end of last month and will integrate Garrett into its U.S.-based Piedmont Hawthorne holdings.
Arinc and Jeppesen last month announced an alliance that will integrate “best of class” EFB components from each company’s portfolios to produce what officials are billing as “the industry’s most advanced electronic flight bag (EFB) system.”
Arinc Direct announced that its FAA Part 145 certified repair station at Scottsdale, Ariz., has been named a factory authorized service center for the Piaggio Avanti and Avanti II. It is only the second Part 145 repair center in the U.S. to earn the authorization.