Gulfstream yesterday ordered 40 of Arinc’s new SkyLink inflight broadband satellite communications systems for installation on its jets. It 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.
Air Routing International has teamed up with Arinc and Lufthansa Technik Ag in separate ventures, the company announced. Air Routing and Arinc are offering bizjet operators “a portfolio of more than 25 flight services for business aviation under the trade name Arinc Direct,” said the Annapolis, Md. company, a datalink provider.
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.
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.
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.
In response to increasing demand for services from general and corporate aviation customers, Arinc Direct has expanded and relocated its Scottsdale, Ariz. aircraft service and maintenance operations.
The San Diego area now has a Pratt & Whitney Canada service center on the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif., thanks to Jet Source.
As an authorized P&W service center, the MRO will provide overhaul and repair services, and supply components for engines manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada. From specialized repair plans to minimal aircraft downtime, Jet Source will provide full engine service and support.
Arinc has received FAA certification to issue aircraft STCs and perform STC-related aircraft service and modification work under the agency’s new organization designation authorization (ODA) program.
Arinc’s aircraft integration and modification group, with operations at Oklahoma City; Colorado Springs, Colo; and Scottsdale, Ariz., is one of the first designated ODA holders in the country.