AIN readers rate Garmin as the top provider of avionics product support in the 2012 AIN Avionics Product Support Survey cockpit avionics rankings, with an overall average rating of 8.3. Rockwell Collins climbed to second place with a rating of 7.8, followed by Universal Avionics in third, with an overall average of 7.7. Honeywell’s cockpit avionics rating climbed 1 percent this year, to fourth place and 7.5, tying for the same place with Avidyne, which also scored a 7.5 rating. Honeywell’s Bendix/King division retained the same 7.1 rating as last year, moving to fifth place.
NetJets is adding in-flight Internet service from Aircell to another 100 or so aircraft in its fleet, Aircell announced yesterday. In 2010 the fractional operator initially opted for Aircell Internet service aboard more than 250 of its jets, and the additional 100 systems will expand NetJets’ connected fleet by about 40 percent. The installation process is already under way at Duncan Aviation, and the entire retrofit program is expected to be completed by mid-2014.
Industry Canada issued Gogo a “subordinate license” today for an air-to-ground radio frequency spectrum that will allow Gogo to provide its airborne high-speed Internet service on commercial and business aircraft flying over Canada. The Canadian network will operate on the same frequency as Gogo’s existing ATG network in the continental U.S., allowing Gogo to provide service within Canada and on cross-border flights between the U.S. and Canada.
Pilatus Business Aircraft has named Landmark Aviation an authorized service facility for the PC-12. Landmark’s 100,000-sq-ft facility at Scottsdale Municipal Airport (Ariz.) will serve as a satellite service center in the southwestern U.S. under Tempus Aircraft Sales and Service of Englewood, Colo.
Bombardier Flexjet has confirmed the first firm orders for three of the airframer’s new Learjet 70s. In May, the fractional provider announced plans to become the launch customer for the new light jet and the Learjet 75, both of which are derivatives of the 40-series Learjets.
Flexjet, Bombardier’s U.S.-based fractional ownership operation, has confirmed the first firm orders for three of the airframer’s new Learjet 70 business aircraft. In May, the operator announced plans to become the launch customer for the new light jet and the Learjet 75, both of which are derivatives of the 40-series Learjets.
Jet Aviation has received a European supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Aircell’s Aviator 200 system on the Dassault Falcon 2000LX jet. The Aviator 200 enables near-global email and voice capabilities via Inmarsat’s satellite-based SwiftBroadband service powered by Thrane & Thrane. A complete package costs $60,000, including installation.
Nextant Aerospace has been awarded several new supplemental type certificates for the 400XT, including STCs for the Rockwell Collins Venue in-flight entertainment system and the Aircell Axxess cabin communication system featuring high-speed wireless Internet connectivity and dual-channel satellite phone service. Nextant also received STCs for additional avionics options, many of which help to pave the way for final certification by the EASA.
Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair announced on Tuesday that its entire fleet of fractional Piaggio Avantis will soon feature airborne high-speed Internet. The company is now installing Aircell ATG 5000 communications systems in its twin-turboprop fleet and expects to complete the work this summer. The ATG 5000 covers the continental U.S. above 10,000 feet and portions of Alaska, providing broadband connection via a nationwide network of ground stations.
Aircell, a provider of in-flight connectivity for business aviation, has established an aviation scholarship program in conjunction with the AEA Educational Foundation. The $2,500 Aircell Scholarship will be available each year to high-school seniors and/or college students who plan to attend, or are already attending, an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program. The intent of the scholarship is to identify and reward those individuals who best exemplify the qualities that lead to success in the aviation industry.