Business aviation stands to be one of the beneficiaries of Cobham Satcom’s new Aviator S family of satellite communications systems, which should be FAA-approved some time in 2015. The UK-based group, which last year acquired satcom specialist Thrane & Thrane, unveiled the Aviator S technology at June’s Paris Air Show. The key breakthrough is the company’s success in reducing the number of boxes required for the system from three to two, by incorporating the amplifier and diplexer into the antenna unit.
Some 9,250 new business jets worth nearly $260 billion will be delivered between 2013 and 2022, according to Honeywell’s 22nd annual Business Aviation Outlook released today. This latest forecast calls for about 750 fewer aircraft shipments than in the 10-year outlook released by the company last October, though the overall value is up by nearly $10 billion because of a more favorable mix as the trend toward larger business jet models continues.
Global aviation services provider Spirit Avionics (Booth No. C11248) recently reached a sales milestone when its global parts support division surpassed $10 million in sales in less than a year, a rate that equates to a 60-percent increase over the previous year’s tally. “This growing segment of our business is just another example of how Spirit Avionics is evolving into a world-class aviation services provider,” said Tony Bailey, the former CEO of Comlux Aviation Services, who was recently named as Spirit’s president.
Elliott Aviation is pursuing STCs for Aircell’s new ATG 2000 broadband system in the Hawker 800/850/900, Phenom 300, King Air 350 and King Air B200/B200GT. It hopes to have the approval in hand by next year’s first quarter. The Aircell ATG 2000 is a cabin broadband wireless system aimed at midsize and light jets and turboprops. It allows passengers to connect to the Internet on their laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Elliott Aviation is working with Chippewa Aerospace on an STC to upgrade Hawker 800-series jets with the latest Phase V software for Honeywell Primus Epic CDS/R avionics. Elliott will seek its own STC for the NZ-2010 FMS 6.1 version 03040 software upgrade to the Hawker’s NZ-2000 FMS. These STCs will allow operators to fly Waas LPV approaches, although the CDS/R system isn’t required, as Waas LPV is available with the Hawker’s original SPZ-8000 avionics and the NZ-2000 software upgrade.
Aircell is now offering the ATG 2000, a new equipment package that provides Gogo Biz in-flight Internet and voice services at an “affordable” price aboard aircraft with fewer users or lighter passenger loads, such as light jets and turboprops. The $57,000 (without installation) system allows for web browsing and e-mail for up to three devices at a time, as well as optional voice service with up to two simultaneous calls. It is also compatible with Gogo’s new Text & Talk service, in addition to the Gogo OnePhone cabin handset.
StandardAero has appointed Marc McGowan senior vice president of its business aviation sector. He succeeds Scott Taylor, who is retiring from the company. McGowan joined StandardAero in June 2011 and previously served as vice president of business development and strategy for business aviation. Before joining the company, he served in senior leadership positions for Honeywell Aerospace. In addition to his civilian career, McGowan served 28 years in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned naval flight officer and naval reserve officer.
Looking to tap the growing Russian market for in-flight connectivity, Satcom Direct has announced plans to open an office in Moscow. The U.S. company is here at the JetExpo show this week demonstrating its latest capability, including the new Satcom Direct Router (SDR), its first certified hardware product.
Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed William Gibson as director of product support global distribution. In this newly created position, Gibson will manage all processes, procedures and operations related to the movement and warehousing of parts throughout the Gulfstream Product Support global distribution network. For the past 10 years Gibson worked for Honeywell, most recently as senior manager of customer operations for its space and defense segment.
Chromalloy has entered into a repair license and supplier agreement with Honeywell. The 10-year agreement covers aircraft engine components and engineering services for parts, and special coating processes.
Chromalloy will repair and manufacture gas path components and provide thermal barrier coatings and other materials for aircraft engines.Under the repair license agreement the company will perform repairs and provide material support for Honeywell and the engines and mechanical systems currently operated by its customers around the world.