British pilots are pushing for true headings to replace degrees magnetic when expressing aircraft direction and bearing. The British Airline Pilots Association and the Royal Institute of Navigation are working to persuade authorities to replace the magnetic reference system because they believe true headings are more accurate and are more cost effective operationally.
Arinc Direct has introduced an online tool called the Virtual Fuel Desk to help its business aviation customers boost their fuel purchasing power. The program provides comparative pricing from multiple fuel suppliers at virtually all major U.S. and Canadian airports and FBOs frequently used by business aviation.
Staying connected is getting easier, as Arinc Direct announced that its SkyLink broadband Internet service for business jets is now available above more than 20 European countries. According to the company, SkyLink is the only commercially available ultra-high-speed Ku-band Internet satellite service for business aircraft. Additional coverage is under development to connect SkyLink’s North American coverage with Europe.
Rockwell Collins will be able to continue providing satellite broadband network service to its eXchange business aircraft customers thanks to a deal announced at NBAA 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.
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.
The Defense Department will remove its flight information publications, digital aeronautical flight information file and related aeronautical charts and publications from public sale effective October 1 this year.
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.