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.
Like those in the U.S., European airlines are rolling out guidelines to allow passengers to use portable electronic devices (PED) during all phases of flight. The European Aviation Safety Agency is also looking for a long-term solution that will allow passengers to make telephone calls from their mobile devices as well. If approved, the ability to make cellphone calls would be allowed only on European carriers.
Honeywell Aerospace has signed an avionics dealership agreement with Saudi Arabia-based Arabian Aircraft Services (Arabasco). The agreement is intended to boost installation capability and reduce servicing time for Honeywell avionics-equipped business and general aviation operators across the Middle East. Arabasco is also a Honeywell-approved service center for avionics in Saudi Arabia and can provide retrofits, modifications and upgrades, maintenance and services to operators of Honeywell-equipped aircraft.
Honeywell Aerospace has signed two dealership agreements with Middle East-based companies to improve business and general aviation operators’ access to sales and services, the company announced.