The FAA recently issued Advisory Circular (AC) 91-78, which clarifies that electronic charts, whether obtained through installed or portable display, are legal to use in lieu of traditional paper charts.
Townsend Leather of Johnstown, N.Y., and Scotchgard Protector from 3M have reached an exclusive agreement that will add “high-performance protective treatments” to Townsend leathers. The Scotchgard Protector treatment is being incorporated into the manufacturing process for much of Townsend’s aniline leather product line and is available for other leathers on request.
European authorities apparently do not share the qualms the Federal Communications Commission and FAA have about the in-flight use of personal cellphones. At the Paris Air Show in June, mobile telephony service provider OnAir announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the airborne GSM equipment that supports OnAir Services for use on the Airbus A318.
In growing numbers, interiors specialists are taking cues from the automotive industry. The latest is German light-jet developer Grob Aerospace, which unveiled the new executive cabin mockup for its Grob SPn utility jet last month at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The interior was designed by Porsche Design Studio of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, with the U.S. market in mind.
Duncan Aviation recently installed in a Challenger a 32-inch LCD monitor, the largest screen the independent completion and refurbishment center has put into a business jet, at its Battle Creek, Mich. facility. According to avionics sales representative Dennis DeCook, it was part of a minor cabin upgrade and the near-flush mount was installed in the aft bulkhead “with a few inches to spare on each side.”
Interiors specialist Fokker Services has selected AlsterAero of Hamburg, Germany, to provide an A319 (ACJ) entertainment and passenger communication system it describes as one of “the most sophisticated and flexible seen” on an executive jet to date. The core of the system is a wireless local area network, on-demand audio/video server, communication server connected to the satcom system and Ethernet switching network.
Airport information resource Globalair.com’s Version 2.0 release includes new features, such as weather information, new search capabilities and fresher, more accurate fuel pricing. The fuel pricing system requires that FBOs or their verified representatives update prices. To participate, FBOs must provide updates at least every 30 days.
Universal Avionics has obtained supplemental type certification (STC) for its EFI-890R display retrofit in a Gulfstream III. IFR Avionics of Van Nuys, Calif., finished fitting the airplane in late June with four 8- by 9-inch flight displays, Vision 1 synthetic-vision system and an application server hosting Jeppesen electronic charts.
Arinc’s new slimmer Ku-band antenna for its Skylink satellite in-flight broadband service is now available. The antenna, originally created for Gulfstream, now comes in a size that fits a wider range of tail-mounted radomes on other aircraft, including Falcons, Globals and Challengers. The structure of the antenna is the only change from the original Skylink package.
Hoping to avoid a repeat of the congestion delays that have plagued users of its Swift64 aero satcom data network, Inmarsat plans to limit use of its forthcoming SwiftBroadband service by business jet passengers. Users will be allowed access to just two channels of SwiftBroadband at a time, the company said, providing passengers with maximum download connection speeds of 864 kilobits per second.