Paris show organizer SIAE has responded to industry calls to downsize the event to make it more cost-effective for exhibitors, who have long struggled to justify the expense of taking their products and personnel on the international airshow circuit. Organizers have reduced the duration of the Paris show from nine to seven days by scrapping the traditional opening weekend.
As anyone who has flown aboard a private jet can attest, whiling away the time en route with a good book, sampling the catering or just engaging in some quiet conversation with cabin mates can make for an entirely enjoyable experience aloft.
Satellite communications service provider Satcom Direct gave live demonstrations of Inmarsat’s broadband global area network (BGAN) land mobile technology at last month’s NBAA Convention. The precursor to the aviation-specific SwiftBroadband data service, BGAN provides a satellite link to users at speeds equivalent to a DSL connection.
SierraCom, a division of Sierra Industries, will now provide online services for its maintenance tracking program. Owner/operators will now be able to go to the Web site, log in with user name and password, and see their reports. The owner/operator will receive notification e-mail alerting them that he SierraCom analyst has updated a report with the flight log or maintenance transaction report that was sent to them.
Thanks to the efforts of a Flexjet Learjet 31 crew, a former airline pilot and his three passengers were spared spending a cold February evening outdoors after their Bonanza A36’s engine quit over Mexico’s rugged Baja peninsula.
En route from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to Van Nuys, Calif., in mid-afternoon early this year, Learjet pilot Adam Fine and copilot Steiner Krogstad picked up an ELT distress signal on 121.5.
The latest cockpit audio panel from PS Engineering, the PMA8000-SR, does everything a conventional panel can, with one extra feature sure to get the attention of audiophiles.
Even as a half-dozen companies are rushing to get FAA approval for systems that will allow the in-flight use of personal cellphones on business aircraft, other government entities have questioned cellphone use on airliners, citing security concerns. In December last year the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed allowing the use of cellphones on airliners and offered the usual comment period.
The new mobile camera radio (MCR) from Microwave Radio Communications of North Billerica, Mass., is making its debut at Heli-Expo Booth No. 2901.
The successful launch of the second Inmarsat-4 communications satellite late last year brings the introduction of SwiftBroadband airborne high-speed-data capability one step closer to reality.
If you routinely fly aboard a business jet with an onboard Inmarsat satcom system, chances are you’ve heard of a Florida company called Satcom Direct. You’re probably even a customer.
Founded in 1997, Satcom Direct changed the world of satcom calling forever by offering dedicated telephone numbers that callers can use to reach the company airplane no matter where in the world it might be flying.