The FAA’s decision last month to award ITT Corp. a $1.8 billion contract (including options) to develop and deploy automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology sets in motion a major NextGen ATC project. But it will take years for the full benefits to be realized.
Iridium has named suppliers to help it build and deploy the Iridium Next satellite constellation over the next several years. Partners will include Boeing, General Dynamics, Avaliant, KinetX, MicroSat Systems and Trident Sensors. The Next network is predicted to cost around $2.2 billion and will consist of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites plus a dozen or so spares.
Deliveries of the new WSI InFlight AV-300 series datalink weather systems began earlier this month, following their introduction and demonstrations at EAA AirVenture 2007 in July.
Aero Specialties (Booth No. 1639) introduced a self-contained, remote-control towing device designed to allow a single operator to position an aircraft safely. Called the iTowbot, the tug can handle aircraft up to 15,000 pounds gross weight.
Need to monitor the health of your engine? Jet-Care (Booth No. 6641) provides on-condition performance trend monitoring programs with worldwide exclusivity for Honeywell TFE731, ALF502, LF507 and HTF7000 turbofan engines. The company also offers monitoring programs for the GE CF34, Williams FJ44 and Pratt & Whitney series engines.
Tdata, Inc., (Booth No. 4523) is offering demonstrations of its maintenance reference library and software tools for aviation maintenance technicians. The company’s annual regulation library on CD contains one of the world’s largest databases of Airworthiness Directives.
France’s Kannad (Booth No. 4541) is unveiling its new 406AF automatic fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT) here at NBAA’07. The compact device has been developed as a cost-effective option for operators of smaller business aircraft, and the whole package is priced at less than $1,000.
Conklin & de Decker (Booth No. 1241) announced the release of its Life Cycle Cost Version 7.2 aircraft budget analysis software, including a new “maintenance cost matrix” that lets users view maintenance costs in five-year increments. The feature provides a better picture of predicted budget adjustments as an aircraft gets older, according to the company.
German firm QEST (Booth No. 4672) is here at NBAA presenting its line of compact satellite communications antennas with new superconducting sensor and micro-cooling technology. The company said the antennas offer about twice the performance of existing models at half the size.
Aeronautical communications systems provider International Communications Group (Booth No. 3705) is here at NBAA’07 showing its upgraded its Sigma 7 retractor reel handset. For improved functionality in low-light conditions, the telephones will now feature a backlit keypad and LCD display. The new handset operates with all models of ICG’s cabin CTUs and Iridium systems.