AirCell displayed at the NBAA Convention the newly certified wireless function of its Axxess satcom system for business jets. With the wireless function enabled, Axxess provides an 802.11bg wireless hotspot aboard the airplane.
Boeing has selected Broadbeam, a New Jersey-based mobile communication specialist, to develop wireless electronic flight bag (EFB) technology for airlines.
NASA’s announcement last month that–effective from the start of FY06 on October 1 this year–it will cancel all further support of U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development has sent a shock wave through the industry.
A special military facility dedicated to testing the vulnerability of GPS installations to deliberate jamming is now open to corporate pilots whose operations take them into, over or even near troubled parts of the world where jamming is becoming increasingly common.
Fractional provider NetJets has ordered 50 AirCell ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication systems for its fleet of Hawker 400XP light business jets. The satellite phones will be installed in the 400XPs before retail delivery at Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio, in the coming months, according to AirCell, which began marketing Iridium services in 2002.
PrivateSky Aviation Services of Fort Myers, Fla., and Spectralux of Redmond, Wash., have STC’d a mode-S enhanced surveillance upgrade for Gulfstreams. Cost is less than $20,000, depending on the aircraft’s current transponder configuration. Starting next March 30, mode-S elementary and enhanced surveillance systems are scheduled for mandatory phasing in in European airspace.
At least a dozen unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are to be flown at the Unmanned Systems show to be staged at the UK’s ParcAberporth aviation business park on September 7. The event will be Europe’s largest UAV flying demonstration in controlled civil airspace and should be an important benchmark for how pilotless aircraft can coexist safely with manned flights.
The new mobile camera radio (MCR) from Microwave Radio Communications of North Billerica, Mass., is making its debut at Heli-Expo Booth No. 2901.
ADT has developed and is testing a private aircraft security system known as Aviation Pass. The system sends out an alarm if an equipped airplane is moved by anyone not authorized to do so.
A radio frequency-based identification (RFID) tag is installed in the aircraft and an associated RFID card (perhaps in the form of a key fob) is issued to everyone authorized to have access to the aircraft, including an FBO if the owner chooses.
The number of tools needed for a modern business jet maintenance shop and the hassles of keeping track of their whereabouts and calibration status seem to climb every year. FAA inspectors are increasingly concerned about calibration of even the simplest tools, and unless an operation has its own tool crib specialist, there’s a good chance that tools could easily go missing or out of calibration.