Just three months after issuing its annual 10-year business jet delivery forecast, Honeywell published a revised and less optimistic forecast. The engine and avionics manufacturer now projects that airframers will deliver 8,400 business jets between 2002 and 2011, 500 units (or 5.6 percent) fewer airplanes than the company forecast in September.
With apologies to Mark Twain, recent rumors of the impending demise of the Be-A-Pilot program have been greatly exaggerated.
Neither company has a product that it intends to put on the market anytime soon, but both Qualcomm and Globalstar are demonstrating a satellite-based airborne Internet link for business jets aboard Qualcomm’s Challenger 601. Both companies one day hope to market such a system, which would provide airborne Internet data connections to aircraft cabins and cockpits at speeds of 128 kbps or higher.
Socata plans to equip all new TBM 700 turboprops and Trinidad piston singles with Honeywell Bendix/King flight information service (FIS) hardware, bringing real-time graphic and text weather information to the cockpits of equipped airplanes for any destination in the U.S. According to Dan Barks, director of general aviation marketing for Honeywell, FIS will be a significant factor in improving general aviation safety.
A Gulfstream V erroneously squawked that a hijacking was under way as it crossed through Canadian airspace one late October afternoon, leading airspace defense officials to instruct it to land at Brandon, Manitoba. According to Canadian police, Nav Canada was dissatisfied with the response it received from the cockpit crew and directed the diversion.
Cabin electronics specialist NAT Seattle (Booth No. 1846) announced the availability of software that it claims can allow the company’s JetLAN airborne computer server to host live TV sent through an airplane’s satellite Internet connection. No information was available on what the service costs, but the IPTV offering is available through service provider Satcom1 using existing satcom hardware and antennas.
Honeywell said here at EBACE that an in-flight messaging service for Wi-Fi-compatible BlackBerrys it launched recently is now available as part of its OneLink cabin service. The offering can configure Inmarsat Swift64 and SwiftBroadband satcom and router equipment to enable e-mail messaging in flight. The system can be configured for general access by all passengers or for secure access by designated passengers.
Rockwell Collins last month began operating as a stand-alone company following its successful spin-off on June 29 from former parent Rockwell International, now renamed Rockwell Automation.
Honeywell officially launched its MyFlite.com e-commerce Internet site, a Web portal that is designed to serve business aircraft, regional airline and general aviation customers seeking to purchase avionics. Plans for the near future call for the site to be expanded to include flight planning, weather information for pilots, messaging and avionics database downloads.
Honeywell is developing a flat-panel retrofittable display system called the Multifunction Radar Display (MFRD), which will show moving-map navigation, weather, terrain, traffic, checklists, video and other information. “To help operators minimize the cost of upgrading a cockpit to meet new safety mandates, the MFRD will interface with a wide variety of avionics,” said Charles Sheets, director of marketing and sales, displays and electronics.