Arinc has become a distribution partner (DP) for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite communication services, allowing it to buy and resell airtime directly. According to the company, its new position as a SwiftBroadband wholesaler, which took effect April 1, will better enable it to offer tailored communications solutions to aircraft operators.
Private-equity firm Carlyle is reportedly seeking a buyer for aviation communications services company Arinc in a sale that could command as much as $1 billion. Carlyle acquired Arinc in July 2007.
IT directors concerned with the rising cost of parts and inventory management have another option available. Arinc Managed Services (AMS) is offering a new tool: mobilized asset management. AMS adds mobile data access and updating capabilities to Arinc’s asset management and inventory control solutions.
Appareo Systems (Booth No. 3128) is developing a variety of new flight data monitoring (FDM) systems for both aftermarket and OEM installations. The company has received STC approval for its Alerts Vision 1000 system on the Eurocopter AS350B1-3.
Arinc last month completed the first integration and testing of an eXchange/SkyLink broadband Internet system aboard a Boeing Business Jet. The installation combined Rockwell Collins’s eXchange satellite broadband avionics with Arinc’s SkyLink Ku-band satellite service.
Astro-Med (Booth No. 2093) is unveiling its new ToughWriter 5 flight-deck printer for business and regional jets. The new printer is the world’s smallest Arinc 744A flight-deck printer, measuring 7.3 inches deep and weighing less than nine pounds. Print quality is 300 by 600 DPI and speed is up to five seconds per page. The printer features built-in WiFi.
The new U.S. Customs and Border Protection requirement for aircraft operators to provide passenger manifest and aircraft information before departure for all international flights to and from the U.S. should be less of a chore thanks to a new electronic filing service offered jointly by NBAA and Arinc Direct Business Aviation Solutions.
NBAA has partnered with Arinc Direct to offer a new online tool to help members comply with U.S. Customs’ electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eApis) requirements. Customs requires aircraft operators to electronically submit passenger manifest and aircraft information before departure for all international flights to or from the U.S.
Business aviation flight services provider Arinc Direct has started offering electronic APIS (advanced passenger information system) reports for flights arriving or departing the U.S. and its territories. Effective May 18, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will require pilots of general aviation aircraft to electronically transmit passenger manifests at least 60 minutes before departure. APIS compliance until May 18 had been voluntary.
Arinc has adjusted the pricing structure for its datalink services by introducing a flat fee for global communications via VHF Inmarsat and Iridium. According to the company, this will reduce or at least stabilize costs for operators at a time when they can ill-afford to incur unexpected fees.