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.
In a move aimed at winning back market share from Iridium, EMS Satcom (Booth No. 709) Tuesday introduced two new SwiftBroadband satcom systems intended for midsize and larger jets that offer per-minute voice calling pricing that can’t be beat. That’s because phone calls placed through the system are free.
Rockwell Collins announced that Denny Helgeson, its long-time vice president and general manager for business and regional systems, is retiring this fall. Greg Irmen, an 11-year company veteran, has been appointed as Helgeson’s successor, effective immediately.
Honeywell (Booth No. 322) is offering special promotions at EBACE for Flight Support Services.
Honeywell expects to complete field evaluation testing of its Zing remote diagnostic service for TFE731 engines by the end of next month. So far, the Zing system has accumulated more than 1,500 flight hours on a Hawker 800 and performed more than 275 downloads of engine data at U.S. and international airports. According to Honeywell, Zing will be available for TFE731-powered Hawkers through dealers and service centers starting in July.
Luxembourg-based fractional ownership operator JetFly has ordered two TBM 850s. The single-turboprop aircraft will be equipped with the Garmin 1000 avionics suite and will feature a paint scheme and cabin interior designed by architect and town-planner Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Deliveries are pegged for this year.
At press time EMS Technologies’ satcom division in Ottawa, Ontario, was set to become the second approved hardware retailer for the Swift64 service. EMS’ ADT-1000 (aeronautical data terminal) is a dual-channel high-speed data unit capable of up to 128 kbps bidirectional throughput over the Swift64 network.
Sandel Avionics (Booth No. 1343) said it has started shipping a new version of its SA4550 primary attitude display, designed as a slide-in replacement for older Rockwell Collins flight directors. The LED-backlit display is compatible with the Collins ADI-84, ADI-84A and 329B-7R flight directors. It mates to the existing wiring harness and connector to minimize installation time, Sandel said. List price is $20,950.
Manufacturers will deliver almost 13,000 new business aircraft worth $233 billion in the 2008 to 2017 period, according to pundits at Honeywell Aerospace. The U.S. group’s 16th ten-year forecast since 1987 logged 2007 as the fourth straight year of industry expansion.
The FAA has awarded contracts to Rockwell Collins, Honeywell and Avidyne for development of technology that will integrate digital voice and data into air-to-ground communications as part of the next-generation air/ground communications (Nexcom) program.