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.
In an effort to cut down on the more than 2,000 false distress signals it receives each year from emergency locator transmitters (ELT) and emergency position indicating radio beacons, the Civil Air Patrol has launched its “Don’t Trash the Beacon” public awareness campaign. “The false-alarm rate is between 90- and 95-percent now,” said John Demarais, CAP’s deputy director for operations.
Satcom Direct, a leading retailer of satellite communications services for aviation, continues to line up deals that should ensure the Melbourne, Fla.-based company suffers few, if any, negative effects from the ailing economy.
ViaSat today named Satcom Direct a reseller of its new Yonder Ku-band satellite broadband service for business jets. Based on ViaSat’s ArcLight technology and using a lightweight, 12-inch antenna, Yonder is capable of providing download speeds of up to 10 megabits per second in flight. The service is available over North America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, Europe, the North Pacific and the Arabian Gulf.
ew 406-MHz personal locator beacon (PLB) aimed at military and public-service users. It is to be available in the second half of this year. Designed for the professional market, the MR 510 is housed in a rugged metal casing. It features manual or automatic actuation via water immersion or lanyard connected to the ejection seat.
International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., has received parts manufacturer authority (PMA) for the NxtLink ICS-120A and ICS-220A communication systems. The products offer flight deck voice and datalink services over the Iridium satellite network. ICG’s ICS-120A system incorporates a single Iridium transceiver and a short-burst-data (SBD) modem enabling connections to standard flight-deck voice and data systems.
This year manufacturers brought to market a number of electronics calculated to bring a smile to the face of even the most jaded business jet owner.
Following a successful launch and glowing reviews of its GoGo in-flight Internet service with the airlines in late summer, Aircell was at the NBAA Convention in October promoting the broadband service to the business aviation market and now says it will be available this spring.
As of February 1, search-and-rescue satellites will stop monitoring 121.5 MHz, one of the frequencies used by emergency locator transmitters. Although there is no FAA mandate requiring a switch to 406-MHz ELTs, operators should be aware that the international Cospas-Sarsat satellite system will cease to process 121.5-MHz signals on that date.
Nav Canada is warning aviators about a fraudulent e-mail, purportedly from the organization, that attempts to notify operators “of an outstanding debt in the area of air navigation service charges for the year 2007.” According to a spokesman, the e-mail is part of a “fraudulent billing scheme targeting our customers.