Satellite communications services reseller Satcom Direct last month announced it has sent and received AFIS/Acars datalink messages over the Inmarsat I-4 satellite constellation, marking a first for a satcom service provider. The messages were broadcast from a Global Express using Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom service in collaboration with the SITA datalink network.
ITT Interconnect Solutions has enhanced its chip-on-flex (CoF) filter connectors with TVS surge suppression capabilities using chip capacitors surface-mounted on a small pad adjacent to the feed-through contact.
Rockwell Collins said it has completed its $130 million purchase of satellite communication network designer DataPath in Duluth, Georgia. DataPath and its Swe-Dish Satellite Solutions subsidiary in Sweden will operate under the Rockwell Collins brand as part of the company’s government systems business.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Hall 3 Stand D50) and Boeing have signed a contract to offer CMC’s multi-channel SwiftBroadBand compliant CMA-2102SB satcom high-gain antenna system for new Boeing 777s. The 2102SB recently received Inmarsat multi-channel SwiftBroadBand approval and Transport Canada appliance type approval. The device is the only top-mount Arinc 741 antenna to gain such approval.
Rockwell Collins is to provide its Athena 411 flight control and navigation system for the Mist Mobility Integrated Systems Technology CQ-10A Snow Goose unmanned aerial vehicle. Athena 411 is a system that integrates solid-state gyros and accelerometers, magnetometer, GPS receiver and air data sensors into a single, small, strap-down unit.
China’s Xi’an Aviation Science and Technology Company (XASC) has awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to develop a simulation and training program for the Xi’an Aircraft (XAC) MA-60 and MA-600 regional turboprops. Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will use its CORE simulation architecture to supply key components of the MA-60 full-flight simulator and the MA-600 training device.
“Everything we do at Collins we do for a strategic reason,” said Kent Statler, executive vice president, Rockwell Collins Services, speaking of the avionics major’s strengthening foray into the simulation and training market.
Fort Lauderdale FBO Banyan Aviation held the third customer appreciation event at its Hangar63 aviation store in late April. The store held a raffle of prizes donated by Bose, Garmin, David Clark, Telex, Lightspeed, Flightcom, Revere Supply, ACR Electronics, Icom, Avfuel, Oakley, Ray-Ban and Serengeti Eyewear.
Rockwell Collins is planning updates for its line of automatic dependent
Bombardier’s new Global Vision flight deck successfully completed its power-on test and is on target for its first flight on a Global Express XRS this summer. The flight deck, which uses the new Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system for its platform, will be available for both the Global Express XRS and Global 5000. It will also include synthetic- and enhanced-vision systems.