Garmin late last month announced a deal to buy UPS Aviation Technologies, a subsidiary of United Parcel Service, for $38 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close this quarter, after which UPS Aviation Technologies will change its name to Garmin AT.
At last month’s Paris Air Show, Rockwell Collins announced certification by U.S. and Canadian authorities of the company’s Pro Line 21 cockpit in the super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300. The flight deck contains four 12- by 10-inch LCDs and integrates a number of advanced technologies, including TCAS II and TAWS, as standard. Options include turbulence-detection weather radar and 3-D FMS navigation maps.
StarPortUSA, based at Orlando-Sanford (Fla.) International Airport, is now an authorized line maintenance service center for Honeywell Aerospace. This allows StarPort to perform line maintenance on Honeywell turbofan engines and auxiliary power units. Additionally, the company is an authorized Honeywell avionics sales, installation and service center.
Jet Works Air Center recently broke ground on its 43,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar expansion in Denton, Texas. It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year and will include 40,000 sq ft for additional aircraft maintenance and repair, inspections and avionics installations. Similar to the existing Jet Works facility, the new hangar will also accommodate long-range business jets such as the Global Express and Gulfstream V.
Described as a family of services to be launched this year for passenger news, moving map and cached Web content, Honeywell’s ePaxx concept is being designed to bridge the gap between traditional in-flight entertainment products and the company’s Inflightmail e-mail service, now flying aboard a customer Challenger 604 and Global Express.
Honeywell Aerospace’s business and regional aircraft authorized service centers are to be graded under a new Service Target Authorization Approval Rating (STAAR) program. This will set performance standards for service center authorization and the quarterly performance metrics required to achieve a STAAR designation.
Bombardier Aerospace and Rockwell Collins have agreed to develop the new Airshow 21 integrated cabin avionics for Bombardier’s new Global 5000. Airshow 21’s Ethernet-based local area network (LAN) will give users “off-board” data connections, as well as access to printers, fax machines and shared files.
Following its acquisition this summer of cabin entertainment provider Airshow, Rockwell Collins has integrated the Tustin, Calif. company’s line into its own cabin products package and is introducing the results here at NBAA as Collins Airshow 21 (Booth No. 3201).
Aviation Sales Inc., Swiss aircraft maker Pilatus’ Western U.S. PC-12 distributor, has named Jet Works Aviation Inc. the new Southern Service Center for the PC-12 turbine single. The company, a turbine and avionics specialist, is located at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.
Boom times will not quickly return to the business aviation marketplace, but the pace of aircraft orders should start picking up slightly over the next 12 to 18 months. Deliveries, however, will drop slightly this year and next, before getting back on a growth curve. These are the predictions of the latest Honeywell Aerospace Business Aviation Outlook report released here at the NBAA show on Sunday evening.