Live tv over the ocean? It’s not possible today, and traditional direct broadcast satellite television providers are unlikely to have a business model for such services anytime soon. But Boeing and Rockwell Collins do.
The six-ton I-4 communications satellite Inmarsat launched in late March has taken over satcom transmission routing responsibility from the previous I-3 satellite covering the Indian Ocean Region, according to Inmarsat officials. While this news might not have much immediate impact on the average satcom user, there will be a notable change once Inmarsat switches on the I-4 satellite’s SwiftBroadband high-speed-data services late next year.
Pro Star Aviation of Manchester, N.H., has been appointed a factory-authorized service center for the Raytheon King Air, Beechjet, Premier, Hawker 400XP and some piston-engine models.
At one time or another most pilots have thought about how neat it would be to chop the throttles at FL300 or above and not touch them again until the airplane was on final. At one time that seemed impossible, but not anymore. UPS and Qantas have flown more than 200 such procedures successfully.
Arinc Direct announced that its FAA Part 145 certified repair station at Scottsdale, Ariz., has been named a factory authorized service center for the Piaggio Avanti and Avanti II. It is only the second Part 145 repair center in the U.S. to earn the authorization.
The FAA last month granted Innovative Solutions & Support an STC for installation of the company’s 10-inch displays in the Pilatus PC-12. Like its previous PC-12 approval for installation of two 15-inch display units, IS&S’s latest STC includes TCAS, TAWS and RVSM compatibility.
Responding to customer input, Verizon Airfone said it will continue providing MagnaStar phone users with air-to-ground communications “through at least December 31, 2007.” This action reverses a Verizon decision this summer to exit the air-to-ground phone business on December 4, an action that would have left some 4,100 Teledyne Control MagnaStar users without service.
Honeywell last month gave journalists their first look at the company’s developmental integrated primary flight display (IPFD), including the synthetic-vision portion of the system now in initial design testing with Gulfstream.
We live in a brave new world of constant connection, to our homes, offices, business acquaintances, friends and family. We’re connected by our cellphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), laptops and Blackberries. And that’s the way we want it, in the air as well as on the ground.
At the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in May, Rockwell Collins announced completion of AirCell’s ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication system for the Airshow 4000 in-flight information system.
The ST 3100 satcom gives aircraft operators access to worldwide voice and data services at all altitudes and on the ground through Iridium’s network of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites.