This year’s early round of business aviation market forecasts–from Bombardier, Embraer and Honeywell–present a mixed picture where a moderately optimistic outlook for the U.S. still fails to outweigh economic uncertainty in Europe and slowing growth in Asia.
Rockwell Collins has surpassed 250 deliveries of its Venue cabin management and entertainment system for business aircraft. Unveiled in 2007, Venue is an open-architecture design that “accommodates future technologies,” such as the company’s new Skybox solution that allows content to be shared and viewed on Apple devices inside the cabin. According to Collins, Venue can easily be scaled for business aircraft ranging from King Airs to bizliners.
Duncan Aviation, in partnership with Rockwell Collins, completed the first installation of a Rockwell Collins Ascend IMS-3500 information management server on the Citation XLS+ under Rockwell Collins’s approved model list STC. Duncan Aviation avionics team members installed the aircraft information manager system, which allows for secure, remote and wireless data transfer capabilities to Pro Line 4- and Pro Line 21-equipped aircraft, in a Citation XLS+ at the company’s facility in Battle Creek, Mich.
With its 25-year heritage of supplying major Chinese airlines, including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, with avionics and cabin system products, Rockwell Collins (Booth P417) is no newcomer to the Asia Pacific region. But ABACE is a business aviation show, and the company is ready for it, with innovations from the cockpit through the cabin for both business jets and helicopters.
Honeywell Aerospace’s business and general aviation division started putting down roots in the key emerging market of China just over seven years ago in 2005. Today, the U.S. group believes it has one of the strongest aftermarket networks in the country and, indeed, throughout the Asia Pacific region, with some 42 dealers and service facilities now in place.
Universal Avionics has completed helicopter vibration testing and approval for its UniLink UL-800/801 communications management unit (CMU), expanding the company’s line of products designed for the helicopter market. The UniLink UL-800/801 is an ACARS-compatible CMU that includes digital ATIS, pre-departure clearance, aircraft tracking, messaging, weather information and graphics. The system is also provisioned for the Aeronautical Telecommunications Network, providing a platform for future compliance with emerging datalink requirements.
The FAA’s new final rule allowing pilots to update navigation and avionics databases took effect on January 28. The rule covers “updating of databases used in self-contained, front-panel or pedestal-mounted navigation equipment.”
Constant Aviation of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has named David Bowman v-p operations. Bowman joins the organization from Honeywell International, where he spent more than 28 years in various management positions, including several years in senior leadership roles. In his last role as senior business manager, site leader, he was responsible for overseeing multiple locations within the company’s aviation electronics aftermarket repair and overhaul business. Bowman will oversee the MRO’s four locations and more than 200 employees in Cleveland.
Honeywell (Booth No. C4304) is announcing a new global network of condition-based maintenance systems (CBMS) distributors, enhancing worldwide coverage with native language and onsite technical support.
Effective January 1, Beijing Andawell Science & Technology in China and Transworld Aviation in the United Arab Emirates joined Honeywell’s CBMS network in the U.S., Europe, South Korea and Japan. New local offices are also planned for Australia and the UK.
Worldwide deliveries of new civil helicopters will total between 4,900 and 5,600 units over the next five years, according to the results of Honeywell’s 15 annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook survey, which was released this week at Heli-Expo 2013. The forecast shows strong demand focused in the first three years of the period and reflected in every region of the world. This means that demand in 2016 and 2017 will determine whether the low or high-range of the forecast is realized.