Boeing has selected Broadbeam, a New Jersey-based mobile communication specialist, to develop wireless electronic flight bag (EFB) technology for airlines.
The scene at a recent aviation trade show illustrates perfectly what has become an industry-wide dilemma. An avionics sales representative had just finished giving a seasoned flight department manager a nearly hour-long sneak preview of his employer’s newest retrofit cockpit system.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., said it passed the first engineering milestone for its program to upgrade the original Falcon 50 engine (the Honeywell TFE731-3) to a TFE731-4, to provide the “Falcon 50-4” with longer range, increased hot and high performance, better climb and higher cruise thrust than the basic aircraft, according to the company.
Three years ago satellite direct television was “gee whiz” equipment. Today it is almost standard on anything larger than a Falcon 50. Honeywell, with its AIS-2000 multi-region system, provides in-flight coverage in Europe, the Middle East and North America. But best of all, the modular cabinet design now allows the user to download software modules to shift from one coverage area to another in flight.
Frasca’s newest flight training device, the Mentor, is being billed by the Urbana, Ill. company as one of the few devices capable of replicating the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.
David Calvert-Jones was promoted to chief executive of Los Angeles-based Helinet Aviation Services. He was previously senior v-p of corporate strategy and most recently served as interim CEO.
Alexandria, Va.-based Flight Explorer named James Kelly president and CEO. Kelly, who was founder, president and CEO of SynXis, replaces Walt Kross.
Rockwell Collins announced that its eXchange broadband data and live television service will make its debut aboard a pair of Bombardier Global XRSes operated by Samsung Techwin, as well as in a Global 5000 demonstrator. A third undisclosed customer has also selected eXchange for its Global XRS, Rockwell Collins announced.
Satellite communications service provider Satcom Direct gave live demonstrations of Inmarsat’s broadband global area network (BGAN) land mobile technology at last month’s NBAA Convention. The precursor to the aviation-specific SwiftBroadband data service, BGAN provides a satellite link to users at speeds equivalent to a DSL connection.
With Palm- and Windows-based personal digital assistants (PDA) rivaling the capabilities of larger PCs and laptops, it’s no wonder that hundreds of aviation software applications are now available for the handheld units. Web-enabled cellphones, cellphone/PDA hybrids and, to a lesser extent, Blackberry devices also have their share of aviation software.
Nashville-based Averitt Aviation has been awarded Honeywell’s service target authorization and approval rating (Staar). Averitt Aviation is an authorized Honeywell dealer that sells and installs Honeywell avionics systems and was named a Staar dealer based on its performance during the first quarter.