One option for an aircraft technician faced with a thorny mechanical at home base or stranded far from the home hangar would be to take photos with a smartphone and send them to a source of help such as the manufacturer’s tech support team.
An unintended consequence of the Department of Transportation’s proposed rule banning cellphone use on aircraft could prevent business aviation passengers from using their mobile devices for in-flight voice calling. The DOT’s advanced notice of proposed rulemaking is aimed at calming airline passengers who are concerned that allowing voice calling would make travel even more uncomfortable if they are forced to listen to seatmates’ calls.
Philips and Desso have launched a system that integrates LED lighting into carpet, allowing for creation of luminous art as well as a practical and efficient way of guiding people through virtually any environment.
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.
International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., has developed a new “eRouter” series that it describes as “a new, intelligent data management system and communications access point that will be available in three different versions.
The baseline variant–ERT-100 and ERT-120–will perform data routing functions, while the ERT-140 also provides such enhanced features as VoIP, analog and digital telephony and data transfer improvements such as acceleration and compression.
Operators immobilized by an AOG can now tap into experts anywhere in the world with the Onsight system by Librestream. The Canadian company’s specialized mobile video device communicates on a standard PC, and iPhone and iPad connections are in the works.
Following supplemental type certification of its Simphone OpenCabin airborne telecommunications system for Bombardier’s Global business jet line, TrueNorth Avionics says it is experiencing a run of orders and installations for its software-centric packages.