Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service for business aircraft will be expanded to include coverage over Canada starting in the first quarter of next year, the company announced today. At present, Gogo Biz allows passengers and flight crews to have high-speed Internet access above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices. No roaming fees will be assessed when using Gogo Biz in Canada, Aircell noted.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
While NTSB investigators at South Bend (Ind.) Airport are probing the cause of the crash of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier during an approach on Sunday, they are also trying to determine whether there are any links between this accident and two other Premier crashes within a three-week period. Nine people have died in the three recent accidents involving Premiers.
As Inmarsat prepares to launch the first Global Xpress Ka-band satellite later this year, Honeywell engineers have successfully completed the preliminary design review of satcom hardware that will be installed in aircraft. The review covered the satcom terminals and antenna subsystems that Honeywell will manufacture for commercial and business aircraft. This included “external interface control documents and fuselage- and tail-mount antenna specifications,” according to the company.
Dassault Falcon’s new FalconBroadcast airborne health monitoring service is available on all EASy-equipped Falcon 900s and 2000s, the company announced today. FalconBroadcast enables operators to address unscheduled maintenance events in flight, with the help of automated real-time troubleshooting tools and satellite links, allowing the issue to be resolved as soon as the aircraft lands. In-service EASy aircraft can have their service activated at any Dassault Falcon-authorized service center.
The sophistication of external iPad ADS-B receivers has taken a new leap with the release of Levil Technology’s iLevil SW. The device combines attitude information, Waas GPS, ADS-B in and the ability to display information from external systems, such as engine monitors, all in a package topped with a solar panel for inflight recharging.
Kitchener, Ontario-based Kitchener Aero Avionics received Canadian STC approval for an Aspen and Garmin avionics upgrade package for the Cessna 208 Caravan. The upgrade features an Aspen EFD-1000C3 PFD, which replaces the “problematic and expensive gyros in the King KFC 150/225 flight control systems,” and Garmin GNS 530W Class B Taws. The Taws system is compliant with the “enhanced altitude accuracy” provisions of Transport Canada’s Taws mandate.
TrueNorth Avionics’ Simphonē Chorus cabin communications system received STC approval for installation on the Cessna Citation 560. The STC, developed and completed by Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Mich., includes TrueNorth’s Simphonē Chorus and SwiftBroadband 200 systems, as well as both wired and wireless handsets. TrueNorth said the STC applies to the Chorus and Duo editions of the system, which add both voice and data/Wi-Fi capabilities to the cabin.
Becker Avionics (Both No. N5801) will supply its DVCS6100 digital audio and intercommunication system for the Brazilian Army Aviation AS550 A2 Fennec and AS350 Squirrel helicopter modernization program.
The selection means Becker Avionics of Miramar, Fla., and Becker do Brazil are the new partners of Helibras, Eurocopter’s Brazilian subsidiary and the Brazilian Army.
Flightcell International (Booth No. C4014) is exhibiting its new Flightcell DZMx–“the world’s smallest, lightest, and smartest satellite communication and tracking system”–here at Heli-Expo. Weighing just 1.4 pounds and significantly shallower than the company’s previous DZM3 satcom (at 4.95 by 2.18 by 4.72 inches) the DZMx includes both Iridium and 3G broadband connectivity and Ethernet, USB and Arinc-429 capabilities. New Zealand’s Garden City Helicopters will be the first company to use the DZMx when it goes into production later this year.
FreeFlight System of Waco, Texas (Booth No. C2203), announced at Heli-Expo ’13 that it has received STC approval for tailboom mounting of antennas for its RA-4000 and RA-5000 radar altimeters on Bell 206L, 206L-1, 206-L-3 and 206 L-4 helicopters. “The tailboom antenna mount STC gives Bell 206L owners who rely on radar altimeters significantly greater flexibility when installing other belly-mounted equipment to fulfill a variety of missions,” said Tim Taylor, president and CEO of FreeFlight Systems.