Inmarsat announced that its long-awaited high-speed airborne data services will be available by the end of the year. The service, called Swift64, will allow passengers flying aboard satcom-equipped corporate aircraft to access the Internet and e-mail at 64 kbps, faster than most computer telephone modem connections. Swift64 is based on Inmarsat’s global-area network platform, said a spokesman.
Rosen Products of Eugene, Ore., is making a splash in the new product pool with the announcement of the integration of Honeywell’s OneView satellite-direct television into its cabin-entertainment system and introduction of a new wide-aspect-ratio flat-panel cabin monitor.
Passengers flying on the company jet may soon be allowed to use their personal cellphones to make and receive calls.
Bombardier has contracted with Aerosim-Mechtronix to provide flight management system (FMS) training software for its CRJ200, -700 and -900 family of regional jets. The deal will allow the airframer to use the software throughout its training organization, including at customer sites and eventually over the Internet for distance learning.
The FAA is planning to issue an AD to address what it says are potential safety hazards with the popular Garmin GNS 430 combination GPS/navcom. The agency said external electrical noise from autopilots and other cockpit systems could cause the electronic CDI/HSI in the unit to display inaccurate course deviations.
Honeywell announced that its Bendix/King IHAS 8000 integrated hazard avoidance system will be included as standard equipment in Raytheon Beech King Air C90Bs beginning next year. The system will be optional in Beech Barons next year, and Honeywell’s KMH 880 multi-hazard awareness system with traffic and terrain protection will be optional in 2002 Bonanzas.
The maiden flight of Bombardier’s super-midsize Continental on August 14 marked the debut of a reconfigured version of Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 integrated avionics system with large-format active-matrix displays. The Continental’s flight-deck layout includes four 12- by 10-in. liquid crystal flight displays, consolidated control panels, TCAS II and terrain awareness warning system as standard equipment.
Honeywell has delivered an LCD-based Primus Epic avionics system to Gulfstream in Savannah, Ga., for flight trials of the GV-SP, a follow-on to the GV that replaces the jet’s current CRT-based Primus 2000 avionics system. The Primus Epic system for the GV-SP, called PlaneVeiw, includes four 14.1-in.-diagonal flat-panel displays and the I-NAV enhanced moving map that provides a 360-deg view of nearby terrain.
Honeywell Aerospace president and CEO Robert Johnson, speaking to the Society of Automotive Engineers World Aviation Congress early last month in Phoenix, said inefficiencies in the National Airspace System are costing billions of dollars annually. He cited an FAA report that puts the cost to the U.S.
Families of the crew of a Challenger 604 that crashed on takeoff from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Oct. 10, 2000, have filed a claim against four makers of equipment installed in the aircraft. The lawsuit alleges defective equipment contributed to the crash, and names Honeywell, Lucas Aerospace, Parker Hannifin and Rockwell Collins. The NTSB final report has not yet been issued.