Satellite TV for less than $100,000? That’s the deal being offered by in-flight entertainment specialist Flight Display Systems (FDS), an Alpharetta, Ga.-based cabin electronics manufacturer, which last month unveiled an all-new satellite TV system for business airplanes called Ellipse Direct.
Nobody knows for sure who first coined the term “office in the sky,” but whoever it was, he or she must feel a certain level of vindication that this over-promise of a marketing slogan has at last blossomed into something approaching reality.
Honeywell introduced an enhanced digital audio equalizer for the business jet cabin. As part of Honeywell’s Ovation integrated cabin system, the equalizer balances music and movie audio to provide better sound in high ambient noise environments. The equalizer offers 10 factory-programmable presets, including jazz, rock, movie and concert.
Rockwell Collins has received FAA supplemental type certification and parts manufacturing authority (PMA) for its Airshow 4000 moving-map and flight-information system. The certification was completed on a Gulfstream 400. Airshow 4000 is capable of supporting various multimedia applications, video, audio, text and graphics, which are displayed in the aircraft cabin and flight deck.
Owners of Garmin GTX 330 and 330D transponders, which the FAA said are installed in about 1,300 airplanes, must upgrade the equiptment with new software (version 3.03 or later). The upgrade is to correct a problem with the transponder, which can in certain instances issue inaccurate replies to aircraft equipped with traffic-alerting devices. Garmin said it will reimburse GTX 330/330D owners the cost of one hour of labor to perform the update.
Bombardier plans to offer a Rockwell Collins LCD-based head-up guidance system along with its BEVS (Bombardier enhanced-vision system) as an option for the Challenger 605. The package will include the Rockwell Collins HGS-6605 HUD, touted by its manufacturer as offering the “brightest image over the widest field-of-view” of any system on the market.
Bombardier is bringing Rockwell Collins’ new Pro Line Fusion cockpit to the Global Express XRS and 5000 as long-overdue replacements for the airplanes’ Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics.
Rockwell Collins and Duncan Aviation are collaborating on another Duncan glass box avionics modification program, upgrading the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 system in the Falcon 2000 and 50EX to the Pro Line 21 system. The upgrade replaces the original Pro Line 4 7.25-inch CRT screens with 8- by 10-inch Pro Line 21 LCDs that can display features like JeppView maps and charts, XM weather and enhanced vision.
AirCell is at NBAA 2007 heralding next year’s launch of new broadband services as modular options to its Axxess cabin system. The company is at Booth No. 1630 offering details about its own broadband system, which will operate domestically over the exclusive, dedicated frequencies the FCC awarded to AirCell last year, as well as the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service offering global in-flight voice and data at up to 432 kbps per channel.
Two weeks ago Honeywell opened a $35 million advanced aerospace systems integration laboratory designed to make next-generation aircraft, including medium and large business jets, more efficient. The unique 100,000-sq-ft facility is located in Mexicali, Mexico, and initially will employ 300 people, said Bob Smith, Honeywell vice president for advanced technology.