It's a landmark event for Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated (GHPA). The services once provided by the well known and respected names of engine and airframe maintenance firm Garrett Aviation, FBO chain of Piedmont Hawthorne and large aircraft completions center Associated Air Center are reemerging under the new identity of Landmark Aviation.
TSO approval for a new all-digital communications package marks the completion of a three-year program by Rockwell Collins to develop radios to support the FAA’s digital VHF communications system, called Nexcom (next-generation communications).
Choosing the right data satcom system has never been easier thanks to an array of choices from manufacturers. Several suppliers are now offering high-speed data satcom equipment that uses the Inmarsat Swift64 satellite link, a digital network operating over the same satellites that carry voice and low-speed data signals.
Matsushita Avionics Systems might not be a company with which many people are intimately familiar, but chances are most of the business aviation industry will know quite a lot about MAS soon enough. A top supplier of in-flight entertainment systems to the airlines for more than 25 years, the Bothell, Wash.-based cabin avionics supplier this year is making its first serious foray into the business aviation IFE market.
Honeywell last month introduced the CabinLAN II, a file server it claims is designed to improve the efficiency of onboard networks based around high-speed data satcom systems.
Customer knowledge today about office-in-the-sky communications technology seems to be similar to the level of understanding of personal computers 10 to 15 years ago. Buyers then knew they needed a PC of some sort but many remained unclear about exactly what kind of computer they needed.
In a shift from its traditional role serving the airlines, Thales is preparing to expand its presence in North America this year with a line of avionics products for business jets. But before the manufacturer fully commits to the endeavor, it is putting extra emphasis on product support, an area that has caused headaches for the manufacturer–and its customers–in the past.
Mike Redenbaugh, who joined Bell Helicopter in May 2003 as president after being a v-p at Honeywell engines, resigned from the company last month. Textron, Bell’s parent, named Textron executive Richard Millman to replace Redenbaugh.
Cessna Aircraft has selected the AirCell Axxess satcom system as a factory option on the Citation X, Sovereign and XLS. Axxess, introduced at the NBAA Convention last month, is a multi-channel, wireless broadband-ready satcom system designed for midsize to large business jets. The standard Axxess system includes two Iridium satellite communications channels for voice and narrowband data services. Two more channels are available as an option.