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.
Los Angeles-based Teledyne Reynolds Lighting & Display (Booth No. C12443) received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) approval on July 11 for its Alphabeam II LED aviation lights for business jets, which the company is showing here at NBAA 2013 for the first time. The lights are drop-in replacements for incandescent and halogen lamps and require no modification to the aircraft for installation.
According to Teledyne Controls, its new enhanced Airborne Data Loader technology is “dramatically reducing” operating costs of Boeing 737NGs flown by low cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle. Savings of up to $11,700 per month for the fleet of 42 aircraft are being realized, simply because of the time saved by engineers loading navigational data into avionics databases.
Norwegian Air Shuttle officials say that the airline’s adoption of the Teledyne Controls enhanced airborne data loader (eADL) for updating the navigation databases of its 42 Boeing 737s is saving it approximately $11,700 per month.
UK-based Satair has opened an FAA-approved battery repair shop in Atlanta. The facility is designed to service nickel-cadmium and sealed lead-acid aircraft batteries of various models and sizes manufactured by Saft, Marathon, Concorde, Gill Teledyne and Hawker as well as smaller aircraft battery packs. The new shop will also hold inventory of battery parts for service and be supported by Satair’s regional and global battery support organization.
When someone says Gill, most aviators and mechanics think “battery.”
“That’s definitely the way we want to be associated,” said Thomas Jones, sales manager in Redlands, Calif. for Teledyne Battery Products, manufacturer of the Gill line. That said, the line of products at the Gill booth (No. C2407) in the Heli-Expo exhibit hall sports a new device that, despite its diminutive size, is designed to keep aircraft in the field “start-ready” at all times.
Gama Group has acquired Oxford, England-based Ronaldson Airmotive. The engine and components overhaul facility strengthens the range of aerospace engineering capabilities available through the Gama engineering group of businesses. Ronaldson joins both Gama Engineering and Gama Support Services in offering a range of engineering products and services for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operators. The company offers comprehensive design, certification, maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services at its Fairoaks and Farnborough facilities.
Teledyne Technologies, the parent company of Teledyne Controls and Teledyne Continental Motors, last month closed a deal to buy Spirent’s Aviation Information Solutions businesses for $6.85 million. Included in the transaction were Spirent Systems in Wichita, Spirent Systems/Aerospace Solutions of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and the Flight Data Company, based in the UK.
Teledyne Controls, exclusive distributor of Raytheon’s MagnaStar airborne telephone system, introduced its SmartCabin Office concept at a Monday morning press conference here at NBAA.
Los Angeles-based Teledyne Controls announced an agreement with satcom antenna maker EMS Technologies to design and integrate a high-speed data terminal for use with Teledyne’s MagnaStar telephone system. Under terms of the deal, EMS Technologies will supply MagnaStar customers with an aeronautical data pipeline designed to interface with Inmarsat Swift64 service.
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