Yesterday, EBACE Convention News incorrectly reported that Universal Weather and Aviation has 12,000 employees. In fact, the flight-planning group has a global staff of 1,200.
Avionics and ATC » Avionics
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
In preparation for the commercial availability of SwiftBroadband high-speed-data services next year, Rockwell Collins has introduced two new data-ready satcom terminals, the HST-2110 and HST-2120. The HST-2110 will support one channel of SwiftBroadband and the HST-2120 will support two channels. SwiftBroadband will offer passengers Internet access at a 432-kilobyte-per-second data rate per satcom channel.
Visitors to Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 1020) can learn of the company’s recently launched In-flight Alerts system designed to keep flight crews apprised of weather hazards or other changing conditions that could affect planned and active flight routes. By means of significant system enhancements, Universal now provides automated alerts of new weather or flight-impacting notifications to one of its 60 staff meteorologists.
Japan Airlines will equip two government-owned Boeing 747-400s used to carry the country’s emperor and high-ranking officials with the Connexion by Boeing mobile information service, the vendor announced here yesterday. Installation is due to start next February.
A compact satellite communications high-gain antenna system developed by CMC Electronics (Booth No. 1014) will be brought to market in the middle of the year. Dubbed SatLite, the latest generation antenna supports Inmarsat Aero-H/H+, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband satellite communications services and has been optimized for use in business jets and regional airliners.
Satellite communications service provider Satcom Direct (Booth No. 225) has introduced a new service called International Global One Number, or iGON, that allows customers to use “home country” telephone number prefixes when traveling. The service eliminates the need for customers who are based in Europe to dial a U.S.-prefix routing number when placing voice, fax or data calls.
The Grob SPn light business jet will feature an enhanced Apex cockpit, provided by Honeywell. Grob Aerospace had planned on using an earlier version of Apex but will offer the enhanced one right from the first customer delivery. This has affected the program schedule, however.
Owners of Piaggio Avanti twin-pusher turboprops were presented with some good news yesterday in the form of an announcement by avionics maker Rockwell Collins that it will offer buyers the chance to upgrade to Pro Line 21 avionics, the same baseline cockpit that is sold in new Avanti IIs rolling out of the factory.
Here at EBACE 2006, CMC Electronics (Booth No. 1014) yesterday announced it has signed a multiyear agreement with Universal Avionics in Tucson, Arizona, for the supply of M-Series EVS sensors. Universal plans to offer EVS as an option to buyers of its EFI-890R retrofit cockpit systems, multifunction displays and EFBs.
As business aircraft operators continue the trend toward fully paperless cockpits, the PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computer from Canadian avionics manufacturer CMC Electronics is emerging as a favorite choice among buyers.