The FAA has granted an air agency certificate to New Berlin, Wis.-based Emteq. As a certified repair station, the company is authorized to issue Return to Service tags and FAA Forms 8130-3 as well as 337s for Emteq-designed and -manufactured Arinc 404/600 trays, coax cable assemblies, LED dome, reading, wash and strip lighting.
Curtiss-Wright Controls (CWC) (Stand No. R81) has agreed to supply the mechanical systems for the Boeing 787’s large cargo door under a contract with door supplier Saab Aerostructures. The deal reflects the U.S. company’s desire to expand its footprint in motion control systems for commercial aerospace.
British defense and security technology company Qinetiq is poised to complete the acquisition of Australian engineering group AeroStructures. The would-be subsidiary conducts engineering analysis and assessment of aircraft for structural integrity management and airframe life extension. It also carries out nondestructive testing, provides design and inspection services and trains aircraft engineers.
Arinc Direct, the business aviation services division of Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc, has officially launched a lineup of flight-support services for corporate flight departments and FBOs. The company said the menu of service choices now offerred includes worldwide flight planning, weather information, flight following, voice and data communications, ground handling and global concierge services.
Fund-raising remains the primary endeavor of Farnborough Aircraft Corp. Ltd., according to Jonathan Sumner, marketing director. The UK company has maintained this focus since stockholders backed lead investor Geoffrey Galley at an extraordinary general meeting last July and ousted Farnborough-Aircraft.com founder Richard Noble.
An international training course is now offered monthly by Arinc Direct at its Annapolis, Md. headquarters. The one-day course, which costs $525 per person, is an expansion of the program Arinc has been offering regularly to the flight departments of Coca-Cola, Dreamworks, Ford, IBM, and TAG Aviation. Arinc said the course meets Part 91 and 135 requirements for international operations, including RVSM and MNPS.
Rockwell Collins said last month that it has completed the purchase of the SkyLink broadband terminal product line from Arinc for its relaunched eXchange data offering. Collins will sell and support the product line to large business jet operators and OEMs, while Arinc will continue to provide SkyLink Ku-band satellite services.
Arinc Direct customers will soon be discovering new horizons. The business division of Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc expects to expand coverage of its Skylink in-flight satellite Ku broadband service to include the Caribbean, the North Atlantic and a “substantial” portion of Central and South America before year-end. Skylink service over North America has been available since 2005, and service over Europe was added last year.
Arinc (Stand W416) has unveiled a gate check-in system that aims to cut costs for airports and airlines by allowing them to take advantage of so-called “common-use” passenger check-in platforms.
Arinc’s Muse technology lets several airlines share the same gates using common workstations in an arrangement that streamlines and simplifies gate check-in procedures, the company said.
Arinc is increasing its investments in Middle East aviation infrastructure, including a major expansion of the company’s GlobalLink Acars VHF air-to-ground network.
“We’re in the process of a multiyear expansion of the VHF network in the EMEA [Europe, Middle East and Africa] region,” said David Poltorak, vice president and managing director for Arinc’s EMEA business.