Becker Avionics is at Heli-Expo 2010 featuring its newly introduced personal locator beacon (PLB) offering multiple VHF/UHF emergency band operation. The MR510 enables two- way VHF or UHF communication and can operate on the civil emergency frequency, 121.5 MHz, as well as military guard (243.0) and the new 406 MHz search-and-rescue channel. It also includes in a compact, self-contained package, a 12-channel GPS.
If you can imagine the Paris Air Show as a stock market then what it has enjoyed this week is a nothing less than a rally–and a very welcome one at that. The world’s aerospace industry arrived here at Le Bourget on Monday morning in a torrential downpour of rain that seemed to symbolize its torrid fortunes over the past year.
Arinc last month completed the first integration and testing of an eXchange/SkyLink broadband Internet system aboard a Boeing Business Jet. The installation combined Rockwell Collins’s eXchange satellite broadband avionics with Arinc’s SkyLink Ku-band satellite service.
Innotech Aviation of Quebec has received a supplemental type certificate for its new Sky Berry, a system that offers business aircraft operators a “low-cost way to wirelessly receive and transmit data on their PDAs.”
Sky Berry uses a router provided by International Communications Group (ICG) of Newport News, Va. The first system was installed in a Hawker 800.
ViaSat, a Carlsbad, Calif. provider of satellite broadband services for business jets, has appointed Midcoast Aviation and Savannah Air Center “value added resellers” of its airborne mobile broadband terminals.
Panasonic Avionics has introduced what it calls a “global communications suite” that is designed to provide head-of-state aircraft with the ultimate in airborne connectivity. Branded as eXConnect and eXPhone, the Ku-band satellite services made their debut in a Boeing Business Jet last month. Additional customer discussions are ongoing to outfit the hardware in the Airbus Corporate Jetliner and executive versions of the Boeing 747 and 777.
International Communications Group (ICG) has partnered with Cobham to develop a bundled Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite communications system called Sora. The product is touted as a lighter, smaller and less expensive alternative to a competing system from Aircell and Danish satcom maker Thrane & Thrane.
Trans-Exec Private Jets, a charter operator based in Van Nuys, Calif., claims to be “the first private jet company to have installed advanced, global in-flight, high-speed wireless Internet service.” The system is the eNfusion System 6 package from EMS Satcom and, according to Trans-Exec, it provides service worldwide “over land or water.” It allows Trans-Exec passengers to access e-mail and the Internet through their own Wi-Fi-capable BlackB
Roaring Thunder Media (Booth No. 4016), a specialist in private jet terminal advertising signage, has partnered with Maguire Aviation at Van Nuys Airport in California.
If you’re looking for a positive sign that international business is alive and well, the news from Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL), organizers of the Farnborough International Airshow, is a great place to start.