Farnborough International is continuing the Business Aircraft Park (BAP) concept first introduced as a three-day “show within a show” four years ago. This gives business aircraft exhibitors the flexibility to withdraw aircraft after the first three trade days of the seven-day event. However, manufacturers can keep their aircraft on display for the duration of the show if they prefer.
Deliveries of the first RCOM-100 satphone equipment, designed for use with the Globalstar Satellite system, will begin this November, Arnav Systems announced at NBAA 2002. As detailed at the Puyallup, Wash. company’s exhibit (Booth No.
Cabin management system specialist Baker Electronics made its presence known at NBAA yesterday with the announcement of a “new digital solution which will ease installation, simplify engineering and provide maximum bandwidth for expansion.”
Jeppesen recently announced the release of two flight-planning interfaces, one browser-based and one using TCP/IP communication protocol, for its JetPlan flight-planning software.
Inflightonline, provider of e-mail, Internet content and in-flight connectivity services, re- cently announced the availability of its Secure Access products for business aviation.
DeCrane Aircraft Holdings’ e-Cabin.Connect system, featuring long-awaited 512-kbps high-speed in-flight Internet access, is in the final stage of testing and the El Segundo, Calif.-based company expects to begin deliveries by late December.
International Communications Group (ICG) has created an interface between its NxtLink Iridium satellite communication systems and the Tempus remote medical monitoring system from global medical security specialist RDT of the UK. Recent testing showed NxtLink provides Tempus with reliable access to an RS232 port for data transmissions, as well as with additional ports for fax or voice communication.
Duncan Aviation said it has completed installation of an EMS Satcom eNfusion HSD-400 satellite communications system in a Bombardier Challenger 601-3R. The satcom hardware allows passengers to use their personal Wi-Fi devices, BlackBerrys, iPhones and other data communication gear in flight in two of three worldwide satellite regions that are available now.
A total rewrite of Federal Communications Commission Part 87 has been proposed. Part 87 covers frequency allocations and the certification of aircraft radio equipment, unicom and other ground stations. The FCC said the proposal is designed to update requirements to reflect the latest technological advances, as well as to eliminate duplication and outmoded and other unnecessary regulations. Comments are due March 14.
In a move aimed at winning back market share from Iridium, EMS Satcom (Booth No. 709) Tuesday introduced two new SwiftBroadband satcom systems intended for midsize and larger jets that offer per-minute voice calling pricing that can’t be beat. That’s because phone calls placed through the system are free.