Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based consultancy firm MAZ Aviation and satellite airtime provider Satcom1 are joining forces to design a faster satcom system for the Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ. According to the partnership agreement, the system will be based on Ka- and Ku- band solutions and will offer greater bandwidth for airborne communications. Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband and its safety services features will be used for cockpit communications needs.
Ruag Aviation and Lausanne-based design house Yasava Solutions have joined forces to deliver an innovative design concept known as Astral. Intended for large-cabin business aircraft such as the Dassault Falcon 7X, Bombardier Globals and Embraer Lineage, Astral is currently being applied to a Global 6000. The cabin design, with an accent on 21st century luxury, is being showcased at EBACE at the Yasava exhibit (Booth 3439).
VIP completion specialist Aeria Luxury Interiors (Booth 3539) of San Antonio, Texas is displaying conceptual renderings prepared by its interior design team for Boeing narrow- and wide-body aircraft. Aeria, the completions division of ST Aerospace, is now preparing for its first BBJ green cabin completion, said Ron Soret, vice president and general manager of completions.
Honeywell (Booth 6622) is promoting a range of updates that can be applied to its satellite communication, avionics and cabin management systems. Such offerings can help operators extend the life cycle of their current fleets as well as increase asset value and reliability. Moreover, the modifications can enhance passenger experience as well as help operators meet new regulatory mandates.
Inflight connectivity provider Aircell (Booth 5223) unveiled at EBACE 2014 new SwiftBroadband airtime programs for business aviation. Aircell has long been a distributor for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service and also manufactures SwiftBroadband transceivers. Business aircraft operators can now choose from a variety of SwiftBroadband data and voice plans offered by Aircell with accompanying services.
SatCom Direct has added SwiftBroadband “always on” position data from Inmarsat to its SD Flight Tracker mapping solution, enhancing the ability to track aircraft globally. The company blends the Inmarsat information with position data from other sources, including its own Flightdeck Freedom datalink, to provide what it claims is “the most comprehensive flight tracking service available.” SD Flight Tracker can be accessed from any Internet-connected device.
The next major step in satellite communication services will be the deployment of Inmarsat’s new Ka-band GX (Global Xpress) satellite constellation. Satellite service provider Satcom Direct (Booth P212) has ordered 10 shipsets of the new satcom system for its business aviation clients. The three Inmarsat-5 satellites are scheduled to be in orbit by the end of this year, and GX Aviation services should start in the first half of 2015.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today there will be “no time limit” in the search for a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that has been missing since March 8. On March 28, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) announced that the search area for Flight 370 had been refined to a new location nearly 700 miles north of the earlier search region of the southern Indian Ocean.
Honeywell BendixKing’s new AeroWave 100 satcom system, introduced yesterday at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention, offers 3G-like data speeds in a system designed for installation in light aircraft, from piston twins to turboprops and light jets. AeroWave is an Inmarsat L-band satcom that offers speeds of 150 to 200 kbps, and its price of $20,000 is about a third of the cost of Honeywell’s Aspire SwiftBroadband satcom (about 400 kbps).
Low-cost carriers (LCCs) have succeeded in Southeast Asia more than in perhaps any other part of the world. Whereas LCCs carry around 26 percent of global traffic, in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines that figure has exceeded 50 percent. With China’s skies being opened to LCCs the expansion in the Asia Pacific region is set to carry on.
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