Russell Ford became CEO of StandardAero just before NBAA 2013 and he already has a firm grasp of the direction the independent provider of engine and airframe maintenance and other services needs to go. The Dubai Aerospace Enterprise-owned global company, with more than 3,800 employees and $1.6 billion in annual revenue, needs to continue to find new products and new solutions.
Rockwell Collins introduced Airshow 500, which it calls the first 3-D moving map system for light business jets. The new solution comes with worldwide maps and many other standard features, including passenger-selectable languages and settings. It is a modernized, lighter-weight drop-in replacement for the Airshow 410. It is compatible with legacy monitors as well as newer widescreen monitors with digital inputs. Airshow 500 is also available in a flange-mount option to meet any aircraft installation requirement.
Satellite communication specialist Satcom1 appointed Henrik Zinck its new CFO. In that position he will develop the company’s finance and IT departments. Zinck has held management positions at several satellite and telecommunications companies, including VSAT, Emperion and CBB Mobil. He is based at the company’s Copenhagen headquarters.
At this year’s NBAA convention, ITT Cannon (Booth No. N314) is featuring its range of interconnect technologies, which are designed to reduce total cost of ownership and to increase bandwidth capacity for aviation applications.
ICG (Booth No. N2329) is developing a new mobile application for Apple and Android smartphones, managed by its eRouter data management system, that will allow customers to use personal electronic devices to place calls and send text messages from an aircraft in flight.
Flight support group Palm Aviation (Booth No. C10816) is laying plans to open an office in the U.S., perhaps in partnership with a local company. The move will be the latest expansion for Dubai-based Palm, which is already represented across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Satellite communications solution provider Satcom Direct (Booth No. N4107) announced Monday that its avionics-grade Satcom Direct Router (SDR) will have 3G cellular data connectivity built in, enabling pilots to update onboard systems on the ground as well as allowing other new functions.
Some 9,250 new business jets worth nearly $260 billion will be delivered between 2013 and 2022, according to Honeywell’s 22nd annual Business Aviation Outlook, released yesterday. This latest forecast calls for about 750 fewer aircraft shipments than in the 10-year outlook released by the company last October, though the overall value is up by about $10 billion as the trend toward larger business jet models continues.
Rockwell Collins is enhancing and expanding its cockpit and cabin systems and introducing a new enhanced-vision system (EVS) at this year’s NBAA show.
Business aviation stands to be one of the beneficiaries of Cobham Satcom’s new Aviator S family of satellite communications systems, which should be FAA-approved some time in 2015. The UK-based group, which last year acquired satcom specialist Thrane & Thrane, unveiled the Aviator S technology at June’s Paris Air Show. The key breakthrough is the company’s success in reducing the number of boxes required for the system from three to two, by incorporating the amplifier and diplexer into the antenna unit.