Avantext of Conshohocken, Pa., is offering a digital documentation system called TechPubs to provide technical information to the maintenance technician in a flexible, easy-to-use format. “Many maintenance professionals still use microfiche and paper manuals and parts books as their sources of information.
Inmarsat’s I-4 mobile broadband satellite constellation is finished and the first SwiftBroadband customers are enjoying data access at speeds faster and for lower cost than the previous generation of Swift64 service, so one would think the London-based company would have little information to share at its annual aeronautical conference, held last month in Vancouver.
Aviation International News has once again been named the world’s top airshow daily publication in the annual Aerospace Journalist of the Year awards.
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.
Aerodrones (Hall 4 Stand CD61bis) is here with its portable ground control station for unmanned aerial vehicles and the 2009 version of the built-in software. Aerodrones claims to have an intuitive interface. The user can turn on the computer and have
all mission plans and tools available in less than 30 seconds.
The organizers of the biennial Farnborough International Air Show announced several improvements for the next edition, scheduled to take place July 19 to 25, 2010. The setup of the show is being re-evaluated with emphasis on enhancing and increasing networking opportunities, as well as improving site services in line with feedback from exhibitors, particularly in the business aviation sector.
Satcom Direct (Booth No. 683) has been named a distribution partner for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband in-flight voice and data service, giving the satellite communications service reseller access to live troubleshooting and diagnostic information.
Satcom Direct (Booth No. 683) now offers services via Inmarsat, Iridium and ViaSat (which provides a Ku-band broadband service called “Yonder” from leased satellite capacity, although it is planning to have its own satellites). The company’s relationship with ViaSat means it will compete with the Arinc SKYLink/Rockwell Collins exchange system, now installed in some 80 business aircraft.
Long-time AOPA member, pilot and actor Harrison Ford has teamed with AOPA to promote general aviation.
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have begun television and newspaper advertising for their ‘No Plane No Gain’ initiative to tout the utility of business aircraft and to counter severely negative images, generated during the bailout debate, of corporate executives jetting about the country in plush cabins with cushy seats and wood-paneled interiors.