International Communications Group (ICG) has created an interface between its NxtLink Iridium satellite communication systems and the Tempus remote medical monitoring system from global medical security specialist RDT of the UK. Recent testing showed NxtLink provides Tempus with reliable access to an RS232 port for data transmissions, as well as with additional ports for fax or voice communication.
Wireless communications company Qualcomm last month put on an impressive demonstration of its medium data rate satcom system (MDSS) on the show floor at NBAA in New Orleans. The system used a 128-kbps satellite connection to the Internet to uplink live video and audio from Qualcomm’s exhibit-floor display to a company Challenger 604 flying over San Diego.
With apologies to Mark Twain, recent rumors of the impending demise of the Be-A-Pilot program have been greatly exaggerated.
Neither company has a product that it intends to put on the market anytime soon, but both Qualcomm and Globalstar are demonstrating a satellite-based airborne Internet link for business jets aboard Qualcomm’s Challenger 601. Both companies one day hope to market such a system, which would provide airborne Internet data connections to aircraft cabins and cockpits at speeds of 128 kbps or higher.
The first commercially available airborne Internet link for business jets has arrived in the form of Swift64, a global satcom data service from Inmarsat designed to rival the data transfer rates of ground-based ISDN connections.
A Gulfstream V erroneously squawked that a hijacking was under way as it crossed through Canadian airspace one late October afternoon, leading airspace defense officials to instruct it to land at Brandon, Manitoba. According to Canadian police, Nav Canada was dissatisfied with the response it received from the cockpit crew and directed the diversion.
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.