The annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show is a showcase for avionics dealers, the people who sell, install and repair the products that fill the cockpits and cabins of all types of aircraft. And as such, the avionics manufacturers at the AEA event are laser-focused on showing how their products will benefit the end user.
The first production-conforming Nextant Aerospace 400XT will make its public debut next month at EBACE in Geneva. The 400XT–a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a zero-timed airframe complete with new paint and interior–has better fuel specifics and a greater 2,005-nm range than a base airplane. Winglets will be offered as an option in the near future.
Among the new products introduced at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention & Trade Show on March 23 were Honeywell’s new KSN 770 touchscreen navigator, the new GTN 650/750 touchscreen panel-mount navigators from Garmin and something that many have been waiting for, voice capability for Aircell’s Gogo Biz airborne telecom system, along with a new Aircell Android-based cabin smartpho
At the AEA show yesterday, Aircell unveiled upcoming voice capability for its Gogo Biz airborne broadband Internet system.
Duncan Aviation has received a supplemental type certificate for installation of Aircell's cabin telecommunications router, which supports Wi-Fi access in the cabin for Aircell's Gogo Biz inflight Internet service. The STCs are applicable for the Hawker 800XP and 850XP, and the Falcon 900, 2000 and 2000EX EASy.
As demand to surf the Internet in flight grows, Duncan Aviation continues to develop supplemental type certificates (STC) to do just that. The MRO’s latest STC is for the installation of Aircell’s cabin telecommunication router, which provides Wi-Fi access in the cabin for Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service. The new STCs apply to the Hawker 800XP/850XP/900XP and Falcon 2000/2000EX EASy.
Duncan Aviation recently integrated an iPad application for wireless control of the cabin management system in a Falcon 900.
To promote its airborne Internet access system, Aircell offered NBAA showgoers a free trial of the Gogo inflight Internet service to try on the way home. Available on many airlines, Gogo offers connection speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps, likely as fast as many DSL services for home use.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 6763), appears to be weathering the recession and is launching new initiatives on a variety of fronts.
As the company’s rapid response team celebrates its 10th anniversary, Duncan is opening a new location in Seattle, the company's eighth. The team is located at Boeing Field but performs all engine maintenance and repair work at customer locations, “whether in their hangar or home base.”
Van Nuys, Calif.-based Clay Lacy Aviation (Booth No. 2027) added eight business jets to its managed fleet in the first three quarters of this year, including a Falcon 2000, Hawker 800, Gulfstream V and Gulfstream 450, two Gulfstream IVs and two Gulfstream 550s. In addition, the company has reported a 22-percent increase in charter hours and a 13-percent jump in total flight hours from the same period last year.