Satcom Direct has signed an agreement with Honeywell to be a distributor for the Inmarsat GX Aviation Ka-band service, for which Honeywell itself is a value-added reseller. The Florida-based communications specialist will also be a distributor of GX avionics equipment. The service is scheduled to be commercially available early in 2015 and is designed to offer “consistent, high-capacity broadband coverage around the world.” For example, users should be able to stream Internet content live or hold uninterrupted video calls from 30,000 feet.
Ontic has signed a license agreement with Tempe, Ariz.-based Curtiss-Wright Controls to expand its electronic and electro-mechanical portfolio for the support of pilot controls and transmitter product lines. The products, which include landing-gear levers with integral light plates and electronics, tiller modules, pilot LED checklists, flight control surface indicators, rudder trim switches and push-to-talk switches, will be moved to Ontic’s manufacturing facilities in Chatsworth, Calif., and Cheltenham, UK.
Wireless loading of avionics data is coming to Honeywell’s Primus Apex and Epic avionics suites, beginning with the Pilatus PC-12 NG. For the PC-12 NG the new wireless data loading system requires installation of an Aspen Avionics CG100P connected gateway device. In aircraft equipped with Epic avionics, hardware upgrades built into the aircraft’s avionics will facilitate wireless data loading, but a common interface for all Honeywell avionics suites will be a database loading application installed on Apple’s iPad.
Jim Nordstrom, president of Executive Aircraft Maintenance (EAM), was enjoying the retired life when several friends enticed him back to the business in 2001 as part of a three-way partnership called Copper State Turbine Engine Company (CSTEC). “I told them that I’d help set up the company but really wanted to go back into retirement as soon as it was practical; that was 12 years ago and I’m still here,” he told AIN.
Marenco Swisshelicopter has selected Donaldson Aerospace & Defense to provide the fuel filtration system for its new Skye SH09 helicopter. The equipment will protect the performance of the Honeywell HTS900-2 turboshaft that will power the eight-seat helicopter. Donaldson specializes in making lightweight, advanced filtration systems.
Honeywell has entered the detailed design phase of the satellite communications (satcom) system hardware it is developing for Inmarsat’s new Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network. The company aims to secure Inmarsat network access approval for the satcom system in 2014.
Barco has introduced a new 12-inch primary flight display designed for business jet cockpits. Weighing only 4.5 pounds (the lightest in its class, the company claims), the DU-1200 was tailor-made for Honeywell’s upgraded Apex cockpit suite and is slated to enter service next year.
Duncan Aviation has appointed Shawn Schmitz to the position of turbine engine tech rep for Honeywell and Rolls-Royce engines. Schmitz joined Duncan Aviation in 2001 after serving six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Yuma, Ariz., with two deployments to Japan. He most recently served as the team leader for the Duncan Aviation engine line shop.
The successful first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB in Toulouse last Friday was a major milestone in the program and one to be celebrated by the manufacturer and its major suppliers. Rolls-Royce (Chalet B89), in particular, was pleased to see its Trent XWB engines power the aircraft from Runway 32L at Blagnac airfield for its 4hr 05min maiden flight.
Is the new Pilatus PC-24 a light or midsize jet? That’s the question that baffled EBACE (European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition) attendees ever since the twinjet was revealed on May 21. On one hand, the aircraft’s 17,650-pound mtow, nearly identical to that of the Embraer Phenom 300, places it firmly in the light jet category; but its 501-cu-ft cabin volume suggests it is midsize, since it is well above the 325 cu ft in the Phenom.