The first Inmarsat-5 Ka-band Global Xpress satellite was launched successfully on December 8. The satellite was expected to reach its final position in a geo-synchronous elliptical orbit by the end of last month. This is the first of three satellites that will create the seamless GX Aviation high-speed satcom network, with performance up to 50 Mbps that can deliver streaming video. GX Aviation mobile broadband service is slated to begin next year, after two other satellites are sent aloft this year. Each satellite weighs more than six metric tons and can provide 89 Ka-band beams.
Philips and Desso have launched a system that integrates LED lighting into carpet, allowing for creation of luminous art as well as a practical and efficient way of guiding people through virtually any environment.
Garmin has released a free software upgrade–version 6.21–which increases the capability of its G500/G600 flight displays. The G600 version is available immediately, while the G500 version will be released in February. Some new capabilities include control of altitude preselect for KFC 200/250 autopilots using the G500/G600 when paired with a GAD 43e autopilot interface adapter; provision of basic GWX 70 weather radar functions; support of Cessna 400B/800B/1000 IFCS autopilots (when paired with a GAD 43e); and flight director display with Century IV/41/2000 autopilots.
Rockwell Collins completed its acquisition of communications and systems integration specialist Arinc late on Monday. The avionics group, which paid The Carlyle Group $1.4 billion for Arinc, said that the integration of its new division should be complete within six to nine months. “With this move we take a major leap forward to realizing our vision of providing a richer set of seamless information management solutions that encompass the aircraft and ground-based systems,” said Rockwell Collins CEO and president Kelly Ortberg.
Bell Helicopter will build its new short light single (SLS) helicopter at Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana, the company announced on Tuesday.
Inmarsat successfully launched the first of three satellites in the Global Xpress constellation network, which–when fully operational–will provide airborne broadband around the globe at speeds of up to 50 Mbps. The just-launched satellite will cover the Indian Ocean region. The remaining satellites are expected to launch in the second and third quarters of next year, providing global coverage by the end of the year. Honeywell is exclusively developing, producing and distributing the onboard hardware that will connect users to the Global Xpress network.
Aircell will shut down the Airfone air-to-ground communications network as scheduled on December 31, and after that date Airfone users will no longer be able to make calls. Business aviation Airfone users have been using MagnaStar systems to make calls, and a variety of options are available to upgrade or replace those systems.
Tired of that blank screen staring at you from the bulkhead when you’re not using the in-flight entertainment system, and that lame continuous loop of logs burning in the fireplace just isn’t cutting it?
Artcast of Newport Beach, Calif., has an answer in the form of high-definition programs streamed directly to your monitor, including curated high-definition paintings, photography and video artwork. Artcast claims to have among its hundreds of programs and thousands of pieces of art choices to satisfy any artistic taste or theme.
Canada’s Flying Colours has been appointed an authorized dealer and installation center for a range of Honeywell business aviation products.
Under the agreement, Flying Colours will be able to offer Honeywell’s product range, including the Ovation Select cabin management system (CMS), to its business aviation clients. The Ovation Select CMS features in-flight connectivity, providing passengers with “enhanced in-flight entertainment and maximum business productivity.”
To improve operational efficiency and production capabilities, Jet Aviation Basel has expanded, restructured and refurbished its engine, wheel and non-destructive-testing (NDT) shops. All three shops are now twice their original size, reorganized and outfitted with new materials and equipment.
The expansion and refurbishment includes new storage rooms, a meeting room, office space and a library. The company also installed an in-house water purification system to recycle water from wheel and NDT activities.