The maiden flight of Bombardier’s super-midsize Continental on August 14 marked the debut of a reconfigured version of Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 integrated avionics system with large-format active-matrix displays. The Continental’s flight-deck layout includes four 12- by 10-in. liquid crystal flight displays, consolidated control panels, TCAS II and terrain awareness warning system as standard equipment.
Some three months after an enthusiastic announcement, cabin-entertainment specialist Airshow of Tustin, Calif., and low-cost satellite data provider GlobalStar have halted development of high-speed airborne Internet services in light of GlobalStar’s increasingly desperate financial situation.
Honeywell Aerospace president and CEO Robert Johnson, speaking to the Society of Automotive Engineers World Aviation Congress early last month in Phoenix, said inefficiencies in the National Airspace System are costing billions of dollars annually. He cited an FAA report that puts the cost to the U.S.
Families of the crew of a Challenger 604 that crashed on takeoff from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Oct. 10, 2000, have filed a claim against four makers of equipment installed in the aircraft. The lawsuit alleges defective equipment contributed to the crash, and names Honeywell, Lucas Aerospace, Parker Hannifin and Rockwell Collins. The NTSB final report has not yet been issued.
There have been a lot of winners in the historic cycle of mergers and acquisitions in the aviation industry. Unfortunately, customers haven’t always been among them.
Broomfield, Colo.-based AirCell has introduced two new airborne telecommunications products based on Iridium satcom technology. The first, the AST 3500, combines an air-to-ground cellphone with an Iridium satellite receiver and antenna, while the second, the ST 3100, relies exclusively on the Iridium link. Deliveries of the new products, said AirCell, are scheduled to begin next month.
At last month’s NBAA Convention Honeywell unveiled a new service called ePaxx, which it said has been developed to provide business jet passengers with quick access to e-mail, news, stock quotes and moving maps, even in aircraft that do not have high-speed data connections to the Internet. The new service, said the company, is available for any aircraft that has an airborne telephone and 115-volt, 60-Hz power.
Group RVSM approval for Falcon 10/100s equipped with the original Collins autopilot is expected to be completed early next year. Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., recently received certification for the installation of RVSM altimetry equipment, IS&S air data display units and a Rockwell Collins ADC-87 air data computer. The RVSM package, not including height-monitoring flights, is expected to cost about $125,000.
AirCell and Iridium Satellite have reached an agreement that will allow AirCell to offer Iridium-based satellite communications products and services. As part of the agreement, AirCell is expanding its airborne telecommunications product line by developing new Iridium-based products to be offered through AirCell’s existing network of U.S. dealers, as well as through a newly formed network of international dealers.
With the finalization of the deal to acquire Tustin, Calif. IFE specialist Airshow, Rockwell Collins has effectively expanded its cabin electronics line to include a full complement of products, including a popular line of cabin moving maps and a family of satellite TV products.