West Star Aviation has completed the first installation of Rockwell Collins’ Skybox in a Gulfstream G550. The installation was completed at the company’s East Alton location and was delivered on time at the beginning of March. The new Skybox allows users to share movies, TV shows and music wirelessly and on demand through an onboard Apple iTunes library. West Star installed the Skybox AMSU-5100, which has the larger capacity of the two units offered.
Apple’s iPad tablet computer is only about a year-and-a-half old, and in a short period of time it has exploded into aviation, unleashing a furious expenditure of creative energy by developers of applications for the compact and powerful portable device. Apps range from preflight performance calculators to flight planners and in-flight moving maps.
Version 9 of Continuum Applied Technology’s Corridor aviation service software includes a new multi-currency module for companies that serve international customers, automated weight-and-balance feature and easier integration with third-party applications using new application programming interfaces (APIs). The multi-currency module not only helps with currency conversions but allows customers and vendors to use their preferred currency.
Choosing one person as AIN’s Newsmaker of The Year for 2008 swiftly proved to be an exercise in fiddling while Rome burned. The economy made news in 2008 like nothing and nobody else, whether the headline was in $, £, £ or bbls.
An Internet aircraft-registration system is now online for operators based in Minnesota. According to the state’s transportation department, registering online reduces turnaround time from two weeks (by mail) to approximately two days. Once operators have registered, they can download a temporary receipt to show they have paid until the official aircraft decal arrives in the mail.
Cabin electronics specialist NAT Seattle (Booth No. 1846) announced the availability of software that it claims can allow the company’s JetLAN airborne computer server to host live TV sent through an airplane’s satellite Internet connection. No information was available on what the service costs, but the IPTV offering is available through service provider Satcom1 using existing satcom hardware and antennas.
The FAA last month made good on a longstanding promise to provide Airworthiness Directives (AD) and Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIB) only via e-mail. According to the agency, operators can sign up at the designated Web site (http://rgl.faa.gov) and receive the service by aircraft, as was the case with paper copies.
Universal Weather and Aviation is demonstrating its new electronic flight bag CD-ROM and online editions of its UVTripPlanner airport information database at Booth No. 1420. The online and EFB versions offer more information than the company’s traditional printed UVTripPlanner, which lists only airports with runways longer than 3,900 feet due to space limitations.
The FAA will transition to e-mail distribution of ADs and special airworthiness information bulletins (SAIBs) and eliminate mailed paper versions. Starting next month, interested parties will be able to sign up on the FAA’s RGL Web site (http://rgl.faa.gov/) to receive ADs and SAIBs via e-mail. The agency plans to phase out paper copies by July.
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