Electronic-component manufacturer TT Electronics-IMS is showcasing here at Farnborough International Airshow 2014 its full range of specialized manufacturing capabilities, and its accreditation by the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap). The production capabilities include cable harness manufacturing and assembly, printed circuit board assembly, environmental qualification and full product integration. The company also offers manufacturing analysis expertise, such as its “Product Life Management” services.
After the Transportation Security Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for FAA-certified Part 145 repair station security on November 17, comments from those affected started accumulating in the public docket.
Counterfeiting can be big business in the aerospace and defense markets, compromising safety and making it easier for terrorists and rogue states to acquire advanced technology. Based in Dorset, UK, Lyncolec has developed a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag for circuit boards, allowing for the individual identification of every single board in new systems.
Arinc announced it has successfully tested a “true broadband communications receiver for aircraft” called SkyLink, which the company said provides Internet surfing capability aboard business jets at speeds unparalleled by competing offerings. The Annapolis, Md.
Reed Exhibitions’ Aircraft Interiors Expo team is launching a new event for the Americas. The first show–Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas–is scheduled for September 9 through 11 in the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. Concurrent with the event is the new Cabin Innovation Congress, a forum for discussion of cabin concepts and issues that affect the industry.
Private-equity company The Carlyle Group, which has been steadily assembling business aviation assets in recent years, plans to add transportation communications and systems engineering specialist Arinc to its portfolio. Carlyle announced last month it had reached a “definitive agreement to acquire Arinc” from its current shareholders– a vast majority of which are domestic and foreign airlines.
Arinc (Booth No. 929) is preparing to launch its SkyLink in-flight broadband communications service on the North Atlantic flight tracks and has launched a slimmer antenna suitable for aircraft other than the Gulfstreams which have enjoyed exclusive access so far. First user will be a Falcon 2000 to be equipped by Waterford, Michigan-based Pentastar Aviation.
Universal Weather & Aviation has introduced a new online Master Crew List (MCL) and Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) filing application that adapts to work the way its individual clients work. In essence this means that clients can provide relevant MCL/APIS information via their online format, or if preferred, they can let Universal collect the required information to file the necessary reports.
Boeing and FedEx have launched an in-service evaluation of active radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on some airplane parts for a MD-10 freighter. Tests will also identify potential electromagnetic interference.
Comments are due July 10 on an FAA request for comments on Part 135 duty, flight and rest time rules. The agency has received several requests for an interpretation of FAR 135.263(d) and 135.267(b), (d) and (e).