It is just over a year since Rockwell Collins acquired flight planning group Air Routing International and rebranded the business Ascend Flight Information Solutions. The Houston-based operation has had a lower global profile than rival Universal Weather & Aviation for many years but that could be set to change as its new owner supports efforts to get closer to key emerging markets for business aviation.
Universal Weather & Aviation has unveiled an online portal aimed at making it easier for aircraft operators to prepare carbon emission reports for Europe’s emissions trading system.
Universal Weather & Aviation has unveiled an online portal aimed at making it easier for aircraft operators to prepare carbon emission reports for Europeπs emissions trading system.
The monthly chore of pulling and replacing Jepp chart pages in a loose-leaf binder may soon go the way of propping an airplane to start its engine as eChart Viewer, Jeppesen’s newest digital charting service, takes hold. In a brief ceremony yesterday at the Jeppesen booth (No. 3004), Avanti fractional operator Avantair became the eChart Viewer launch customer.
Denver-based AvConnect (Booth No. 6857) plans to begin offering its Aircraft Manager for the iPad in November. The new app will allow pilots and operators to track maintenance and flight planning, while offering in-flight data such as moving maps, approach plates and squawks. Aircraft Manager will also give pilots the ability to share maintenance information with service centers, FBOs or OEMs as needed.
The success of data services, such as the General Motors automotive OnStar system, suggests that some hardware manufacturers will eventually make most of their revenue not from the painstaking process of designing and manufacturing physical products but from selling data to owners of their hardware. In aviation, this trend is firmly evident in Rockwell Collins’s purchase of flight handling company Air Routing in January.
Cessna's GreenTrak flight planning software will allow operators to use cost indexing to minimize trip costs and the cost of the European Emissions Trading Scheme or any likely U.S. "cap and trade" emissions charge by balancing DOCs, fuel burn and carbon emissions.
Several elements of the Next Generation Air Transportation System depend on GPS-based area navigation (RNAV) and required navigation performance (RNP). RNP is essentially RNAV with onboard performance and alerting capability. The ability of the aircraft's own navigation system to monitor its navigation performance and to inform the crew if the required performance is not being met is a defining capability of RNP operations.
Avfuel, known best for its global fuel distribution services, is here at NBAA (Booth No. 7346) promoting its new Avplan worldwide flight-planning business.
World Fuel Services has agreed to acquire Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Western Petroleum, including its branded aviation fuel distribution business, for $95 million. The $95 million purchase price could be increased by up to $20 million if Western’s net assets exceed an agreed target at completion of the deal, which is expected this month.