Rockwell Collins president Kelly Ortberg has added the CEO title and was appointed to the company board’s executive committee. Ortberg succeeds Clay Jones, 64, who retired as CEO after nearly 34 years with the company. Jones will continue as non-executive chairman. Ortberg, who joined Rockwell Collins in 1987, became president in September. Previously, he served as executive vice president and COO of government systems. He also led the launch of the company’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system.
Jeppesen signed an agreement with Rockwell Collins to automatically and securely transfer electronic charts via Wi-Fi and cellular networks using Rockwell Collins’s Ascend Aircraft Information Manager (AIM). Operators will be able to use AIM in Pro Line Fusion and Pro Line 21-equipped aircraft to streamline access to Jeppesen flight data, provided through an “enhanced direct connection to the flight deck of the aircraft.” This data includes Jeppesen e-charts, flight management system navigation, performance and V-speed databases and checklist files.
The first of VistaJet’s 50 Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s ordered last November has been enrolled in the JSSI program. The long-term $205 million deal, announced at EBACE, will cover the Global 5000s’ and 6000s’ Rolls-Royce BR710 engines and Honeywell APUs under JSSI’s hourly-cost maintenance program.
Satcom Direct has signed an agreement with Honeywell to be a distributor for the Inmarsat GX Aviation Ka-band service, for which Honeywell itself is a value-added reseller. The Florida-based communications specialist will also be a distributor of GX avionics equipment. The service is scheduled to be commercially available early in 2015 and is designed to offer “consistent, high-capacity broadband coverage around the world.” For example, users should be able to stream Internet content live or hold uninterrupted video calls from 30,000 feet.
Ontic has signed a license agreement with Tempe, Ariz.-based Curtiss-Wright Controls to expand its electronic and electro-mechanical portfolio for the support of pilot controls and transmitter product lines. The products, which include landing-gear levers with integral light plates and electronics, tiller modules, pilot LED checklists, flight control surface indicators, rudder trim switches and push-to-talk switches, will be moved to Ontic’s manufacturing facilities in Chatsworth, Calif., and Cheltenham, UK.
The era of the Airfone air-to-ground radiotelephone system comes to an end on December 31 when Aircell, the new owner of the Airfone network, plans to shut the service down. Aircell purchased the Airfone network from LiveTV earlier this year and will use the Airfone frequencies to expand and meet growing demand for its Gogo and Gogo Biz airborne broadband Internet services. The Airfone frequencies are adjacent to those used by the Gogo service.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) has become the first completion center to install and activate a global communication suite (GCS) on a single-aisle Airbus. According to the company, Panasonic’s Ku-band antenna provides “superior” performance at high latitudes and in the equatorial region, with the Internet support necessary to operate an office or provide robust entertainment. Using only a single antenna, ACJC’s unidentified Middle Eastern client will be able to watch real-time TV from all over the world, enjoying the same type of entertainment at 35,000 feet that he would at home.
Rockwell Collins (Hall 2B D108) is launching a family of products designed to give helicopter pilots better situational awareness when flying in congested and hazard-filled airspace. Called HeliSure, the family’s first two products, Helicopter Synthetic Vision System (H-SVS) and Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (H-Taws), have been selected by AgustaWestland for its AW149, AW189, AW101 and AW169 helicopters.
Honeywell has entered the detailed design phase of the satellite communications (satcom) system hardware it is developing for Inmarsat’s new Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network. The company aims to secure Inmarsat network access approval for the satcom system in 2014.
Barco has introduced a new 12-inch primary flight display designed for business jet cockpits. Weighing only 4.5 pounds (the lightest in its class, the company claims), the DU-1200 was tailor-made for Honeywell’s upgraded Apex cockpit suite and is slated to enter service next year.