Thales Aerospace hopes a proactive approach to customer services will help it both win repeat business for its avionics and in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and sustain the investment needed to develop new products.
Rockwell Collins is applying years of flight-test research to its new Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system by combining computer-generated synthetic scenes with infrared enhanced-vision views on the primary flight displays and HUD. The goal, the company proclaims, is to give business jet crews the ability to “go anywhere, anytime.”
Weather-data provider Meteorlogix introduced AviationWatch, a so-called “smart weather” briefing and alerting service for pilots that can be accessed on the ground and in the cockpit. Meteorlogix currently powers MxVision AviationSentry for a number of FBOs and corporate flight departments and maintains an online product that gives subscribers access to weather data over the Internet.
Rockwell Collins, known primarily for its avionics products, will enter the simulator market by acquiring NLX Holding from Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C. private-equity firm. NLX, based in Sterling, Va., builds civil and military simulators and has provided business aircraft simulators to SimuFlite and Pan Am International Flight Academy.
Honeywell’s AIS-2000 OneView multi-region satellite television receiver has received FAA certification in four business jets–the Gulfstream IV; Bombardier Global Express and Challenger 604; and Boeing Business Jet. The system provides worldwide television viewing in airspace above the U.S., Canada and Western Europe, where the tail-mounted antenna has provided good reception performance, according to Honeywell.
• Goodrich accepted terms of a licensing agreement with Honeywell to settle a lawsuit in which Honeywell claimed that Goodrich infringed on EGPWS patents. The deal allows Goodrich to continue selling its own TAWS units while paying licensing fees to Honeywell. But Goodrich won’t keep its TAWS units much longer because the company last month agreed to sell its avionics business to L-3 Communications.
Former interim president Michael Redenbaugh did not return to his previous job at Honeywell as reported. Instead, he accepted the post of CEO at Bell Helicopter. Redenbaugh, 44, succeeds John Murphey, who has been named Bell chairman emeritus after spending less than 18 months in the top slot. Murphey will focus on “strategic business development.”
Rockwell Collins is behind Honeywell and EMS Technologies in the race to bring high-speed data to the cockpit, but the company is still vying to make it a three-horse race. Collins announced it has successfully demonstrated its high-speed satcom datalink using the Inmarsat Swift64 service. Scheduled for availability in September, the HST-900 will allow passengers to surf the Web and send and receive e-mail at speeds of close to 64 kbps.
NetJets Services has chosen Rockwell Collins to provide avionics maintenance repair and technical support on its fleets of Gulfstream G200s and Raytheon Hawker 400XPs. Under two separate 10-year agreements, Collins Aviation Services will provide NetJets with forward exchange avionics support.
Rockwell Collins has demonstrated its VHF-920A data transceiver and CMU-900 communication management unit, the key pieces of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa avionics manufacturer’s Nexcom VDL Mode 3 radio package. The demonstration occurred at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J., where pilots broadcast messages using simultaneous VDL Mode 3 digital voice and data, as well as enhanced voice features of Mode 3.