The U.S. Marine Corps has extended Lockheed Martin’s contract to operate two K-Max unmanned helicopters in Afghanistan into next year. Operating there since December 2011, the converted Kaman cargo-lifting machines have demonstrated a 97-percent operational availability, according to Lockheed Martin. The company hopes that either the Marines or the U.S. Army will create a formal program of record for the K-Max, for at least one unit operating six helicopters.
Aircell will shut down the Airfone air-to-ground communications network as scheduled on December 31, and after that date Airfone users will no longer be able to make calls. Business aviation Airfone users have been using MagnaStar systems to make calls, and a variety of options are available to upgrade or replace those systems.
Under a new partnership announced yesterday, Argus’s charter aircraft operator ratings and search filtering are now part of CharterPad’s online charter marketplace. CharterPad is also increasing the number of Argus-rated operators in its system, with nearly half of all such operators having joined CharterPad. Besides the Argus ratings, CharterPad’s main dashboard also includes a link directly to the aviation services company’s TripCheq system, which provides charter customers with a comprehensive analysis of a company’s credentials specific to a trip.
Beechcraft recently certified a range of wireless in-flight connectivity equipment to fit low- and high-occupancy aircraft and has begun installations.
ATG 2000, a new Aircell equipment package that provides Gogo Biz Internet and voice service, is available with certified Wi-Fi as an upgrade through Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) for most Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft.
Tired of that blank screen staring at you from the bulkhead when you’re not using the in-flight entertainment system, and that lame continuous loop of logs burning in the fireplace just isn’t cutting it?
Artcast of Newport Beach, Calif., has an answer in the form of high-definition programs streamed directly to your monitor, including curated high-definition paintings, photography and video artwork. Artcast claims to have among its hundreds of programs and thousands of pieces of art choices to satisfy any artistic taste or theme.
Canadian interiors completion provider Innotech Aviation of Montreal and Design Q of London have developed a new concept in cabin lighting: applying Swarovski crystals to variable-color LED cabin lighting panels to create “a unique, industry-first lighting environment.”
The first applications, according to Innotech director of avionics engineering Gesse Sciacca, are being incorporated in a Global, with delivery anticipated before year-end.
Custom Aircraft Cabinets, manufacturer of cabinetry and upholstered components for high-end aircraft interiors, recently doubled its fabrication capacities to 146,000 sq ft.
The Sherwood, Ark. company is equipped to provide precision routing, edge-fill operations and insert production. It also recently added a Thermwood multi-purpose three-axis M43-510 CNC router to its existing Thermwood three-axis M45-510 CNC router. “The addition of the second router provides us much-improved downstream capacity and it immediately gives us superior flexibility in both quality and flow time.”
Heads Up Technologies announced an agreement with digital media content management provider Red Touch Media that allows Heads Up customers to access its media library through the new Heads Up Lumin fiber-optic cabin management (CMS) system and wireless media server.
Canada’s Flying Colours has been appointed an authorized dealer and installation center for a range of Honeywell business aviation products.
Under the agreement, Flying Colours will be able to offer Honeywell’s product range, including the Ovation Select cabin management system (CMS), to its business aviation clients. The Ovation Select CMS features in-flight connectivity, providing passengers with “enhanced in-flight entertainment and maximum business productivity.”
To improve operational efficiency and production capabilities, Jet Aviation Basel has expanded, restructured and refurbished its engine, wheel and non-destructive-testing (NDT) shops. All three shops are now twice their original size, reorganized and outfitted with new materials and equipment.
The expansion and refurbishment includes new storage rooms, a meeting room, office space and a library. The company also installed an in-house water purification system to recycle water from wheel and NDT activities.
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