Alto Aviation, whose high-end audio systems are standard equipment in many business jets, is highlighting at the NBAA Convention in Orlando its recently TSO’d Acapella series amplifiers, showcased in dramatic fashion along with Alto’s complete line of audio products in three full-scale cabin configurations at its exhibit (Booth 725). The small-, midsize- and large-cabin mockups give attendees a chance to experience the nVelop surround-sound technology of Alto’s amplifiers, loudspeakers, subwoofers and page/chime speakers in their individually tuned installations.
Satcom Direct (Booth 980) is seeking to boost knowledge of satellite communications and connectivity technology with a series of training programs aimed at aircraft operators. The Satellite Beach, Fla.-based company is arranging classes and seminars in Farnborough, UK; Geneva; Hong Kong; and Dubai with a view to boosting technological awareness in growing international markets. In 2015, it intends to introduce classes aimed more specifically at customers in the Americas.
For pilots who are transitioning into a turboprop or jet equipped with a Universal Avionics flight management system (FMS), the company has for many years offered FMS training at its headquarters in Tucson, Ariz., or at customer facilities. One of the problems with training, however, is replicating the FMS in the classroom, in a way that is realistic but doesn’t rely on taking an expensive real FMS off the shelf and wearing it out in frequent button-pushing sessions during training.
Duncan Aviation has named Andrew Arcuri assistant manager of its engine Rapid Response Team (RRT) network, concentrating on the eastern regions of the U.S.
Arcuri comes to the Duncan Aviation team with more than 20 years of experience in turbine engine maintenance. He served as an engine and propeller technician in the U.S. Navy, worked on TFE731 engines at Garrett Aviation and then moved to Dassault Falcon Jet, where he proved instrumental in developing and expanding additional lines of engine business.
Garmin announced “strategic partnerships” with some of its authorized dealers today to provide a standalone ADS-B solution for several business jet models. According to Garmin, the “minimally intrusive solution” satisfies global ADS-B Out requirements by using existing equipment to alleviate the need for flight management system and cockpit display upgrades.
Rockwell Collins is now offering Fans 1/A capability for Bombardier Challenger 604s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. The upgrade builds on the twinjet’s current flight management system and control display units, while incorporating a new communications management unit. Fans 1/A capability adds to a growing list of Challenger 604 avionics updates that prepare operators for airspace modernization worldwide. The Fans 1/A upgrade for Challenger 604s will be available from Rockwell Collins in the second half of next year, the company said.
Honeywell Aerospace released two new mobile applications–Pilot Gateway and My-Maintainer–that it says enhance efficiency for pilots, maintainers and operators. The new Pilot Gateway website and mobile app provide access to Honeywell pilot training materials, manuals, videos and other resources. The new My-Maintainer app allows maintenance personnel to access information wirelessly at the gate and perform fault analysis from data stored on the aircraft through Honeywell’s Data LAN Management Unit Wireless (DLMU-w) system.
JetSupport has been granted Garmin’s dealership approval for its products and services. While JetSupport is known mainly for its MRO activities in the business aviation sector, its avionics division provides services for multiple markets, including general aviation, business aviation and regional airlines. As an official Garmin dealer JetSupport can offer modification, installation of new equipment, parts support and cockpit and software upgrades. JetSupport Avionics, which is FAA and EASA approved, is located at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands.
Garmin and Jeppesen today introduced the RNP AR NavData Service, a new tool for pilots who fly Required Navigation Performance–Authorization Required (RNP AR) procedures. Their RNP AR NavData Service automates the more than 350 data accuracy checks per procedure required by FAA Advisory Circular 90-101A.
Jeppesen and Honeywell Aerospace introduced a new cloud-based database update delivery service today for aircraft equipped with Honeywell Primus Epic Integrated Navigation or Primus Apex avionics. The new integrated navigation data service data manager (IDM) for Windows, available at no extra costs for subscribers, eliminates physical delivery of critical flight data updates, allowing users to download the updates from anywhere. The service is designed to support future enhancements, such as a potential wireless data-loading interface.