Inmarsat announced that its long-awaited high-speed airborne data services will be available by the end of the year. The service, called Swift64, will allow passengers flying aboard satcom-equipped corporate aircraft to access the Internet and e-mail at 64 kbps, faster than most computer telephone modem connections. Swift64 is based on Inmarsat’s global-area network platform, said a spokesman.
Rosen Products of Eugene, Ore., is making a splash in the new product pool with the announcement of the integration of Honeywell’s OneView satellite-direct television into its cabin-entertainment system and introduction of a new wide-aspect-ratio flat-panel cabin monitor.
When DeCrane Aviation formally introduced its new e-Cabin.Connect program to develop true in-flight high-speed Internet access, it was met with cheers by many bizav operators, and shaking of heads by some skeptics. Now, according to DeCrane, the company will begin the final in-flight test phase of e-Cabin before the end of the year.
Efforts by a Newburgh, N.Y. company to put AWOS readouts on the Internet have met with limited success, but a major AWOS manufacturer gives the idea a good review.
GE Druck has introduced a new air-data line-switching unit to make it easier for operators to test their pitot-static systems. The LSU-105 unit uses manually switched color-coded valves to allow crewmembers to connect the test equipment quickly to the aircraft’s pitots. The unit can conduct multiple tests simultaneously to reduce downtime. Each of the four pitot-static channels can be isolated to allow independent instrument testing.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, you’ll know that barely a day passes without news that some nifty new method of accessing the Internet has been developed, not to mention a bushel full of cool new ideas about what to do once you’re online.
Ireland-based Aircraft Management Technologies (AMT) launched a new electronic flight book system called Flightman. It is claimed to be the first to allow secure, wireless transmission of aircraft and operations data from a portable computing device to an operator’s server.
The FAA has awarded an initial $20.5 million contract to ITT Industries aerospace/communications division to provide the agency with multimode VHF digital air-to-ground radios as part of its next-generation air/ground communications system (Nexcom). If all options are exercised, it could be worth as much as $580 million.
Passengers flying on the company jet may soon be allowed to use their personal cellphones to make and receive calls.
Every spring the federal government departments must submit to Congress their proposed spending estimates for inclusion in the President’s budget for the next fiscal year. The estimates go first to separate appropriations committees in the House and Senate for review and the inclusion of any changes the legislators believe are necessary before being combined into the final budget.