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.
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.
Arinc Direct Flight Support Services is a suite of Web-enabled capabilities, including flight planning, flight following, weather briefs, aircraft messaging and a 24/7 flight coordinator staff for customer assistance. “Using our assessment tools, Arinc is able to pinpoint and home in on issues pertinent to its specific service challenges,” said Service Elements president Bob Hobbi.
Arinc Direct, which showcased its SkyLink satellite broadband service on two Gulfstreams at the Paris Air Show earlier this summer, expects to go active in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East in the fourth quarter of this year. Arinc Direct will offer the service as part of a joint venture with ViaSat of Carlsbad, Calif., using the Eutelsat satellite array.
The FAA has recently awarded a repair station certificate to Arinc Direct’s Scottsdale Airport facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Arinc regional maintenance facility will now be able to service and repair more than 50 types of aircraft built by Raytheon, Bombardier, Cessna and Gulfstream.
The companies have deployed new VHF air-ground stations to cover the airspace at Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne airports. The launch represents Arinc’s first GlobaLink VHF coverage on the continent, according to a spokesman. Arinc and AeroThai currently operate more than 40 GlobaLink stations providing communications across the Asia-Pacific region. Each ground station supports several hundred sq mi of airspace.