Will passengers flying on business jets and airliners really ever be able to use their personal cellphones to make and receive calls in flight?
Dallas-based Business Jet Technologies is teaming with Shadin and AeroMech to develop an RVSM equipment package for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs. The package, said a spokesman, can be installed for about $175,000 at the company’s Tulsa, Okla. maintenance shop with approximate downtime of five to seven days. Gulfstream owners can purchase the kit, tentatively priced at $150,000, for installation locally.
Coded departure routes (CDRs) are proving so popular with business jet flight crews that the FAA plans to expand the trial program into nationwide service.
If all goes to plan, scores of pilots will be able to use the shorthand digital clearances at airports across the country starting next year, according to officials.
Arinc Direct is now providing business aircraft flight crews full access to the collaborative decision-making (CDM) program, an FAA and industry partnership to improve traffic flows and cut delays.
Arinc Direct announced it is now delivering westbound oceanic clearances via datalink on North Atlantic routes. Westbound clearance delivery is available to business airplanes equipped with the Teledyne Telelink RMU (radio management unit) or Universal Avionics Unilink CMU (communications management unit), which are compliant with the Arinc 623 standard.
Scottsdale Air Center (SAC) opened its doors for business on Scottsdale Airport in 2003 with the intention of providing a premier FBO for the upscale Arizona area’s residents and visitors. To make that possible, the company needed a maintenance facility. To that end, SAC management contacted Arinc, and the two parties struck a deal in which Arinc began using a portion of one of SAC’s new hangars as a maintenance facility.
Today’s world, including the business jet, is all about being connected. The executives now moving into the cabins of these aircraft are more aware than any previous generation of the need to stay in touch with events below.
These are customers for whom being isolated for just a few hours can cost a deal. Every day, in every way, they are connected–to the office, the broker, the stock market, the clients, and to the wife and kids.
The airlines that own Arinc are interested in selling the 77-year-old aviation communications company. Based in Annapolis, Md., Arinc posted revenues of $890 million last year, but its owners, including financially troubled carriers Delta and American, are said to be reluctant to make necessary investments in the company.
Arinc Direct and Starling Advanced Communication have joined forces to offer integrated broadband connectivity to business jet customers. The agreement calls for the integration of Arinc’s SkyLink satellite data service with Starling’s fuselage-mounted satcom antennas. The companies plan to jointly develop and market the system to potential buyers.
The U.S. Navy has selected the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system for its fleet of 55 T-44A trainers in a major upgrade program anticipated to last four years. Under terms of the deal, Arinc will serve as the purchasing and installation agency for the program and L-3 Communications the prime contractor. The T-44A is the military version of the Beech King Air twin turboprop.