Business jet passengers want to experience a seamless transition between their high-tech home entertainment systems and the inflight entertainment (IFE) systems installed on the jets that they fly, but there is an impediment that needs fixing; how to bring the content on their home systems to the aircraft. Rockwell Collins has developed a solution, Skybox, which brings sophisticated airliner audio-video on-demand (AVOD) to business jets.
Inmarsat and OnAir have signed a contract finalizing the appointment of OnAir as the first aviation distribution partner for Global Xpress, a cabin communication system described as “the first global Ka-band network to provide in-flight broadband connectivity for the aeronautical market.”
Inflight connectivity and services provider Aircell (Booth No. 510) announced that charter and management provider Avjet has passed the mid-point in a program to equip its charter fleet with Aircell’s Gogo Biz inflight Internet service.
Gogo Biz offers coverage over the continental U.S. and most of southeast Alaska above 10,000 feet. Data transfer rates of up to 3.1 mbps allow passengers and crew to access the Internet through personal Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices.
UK-based provider of engine condition monitoring services Jet-Care has introduced three new engine trend programs as part of its gas path analysis (GPA) engine portfolio.
In regards to revenue and growth in the business aviation industry, “Flat is the new up,” Honeywell Business and General Aviation president Rob Wilson said during a roundtable discussion here on Sunday evening. He explained that, while Honeywell expects annual business jet deliveries to rise from about 700 this year to more than 1,000 in 2022, much of this growth won’t materialize until after 2015, meaning market growth in 2013 and 2014 is likely to be “flattish.”
Sensor Systems (Booth No. 1994) is taking the wraps off three new antennas at NBAA’12. The first is the S72-1735-24/-26 TAS/Tcas directional antenna designed to pair with the Garmin GTS 800 traffic system. The antenna has better bearing accuracy than its predecessors, which means users see the traffic depicted just where it is. The antenna style is low-drag, making it a good fit on regional jets and business jets.
National Flight Services has begun expansion of its San Antonio, Texas facilities at New Braunfels Regional Airport. Groundbreaking for an added 20,000 sq ft took place October 5, and construction is expected to be completed by May 2013.
Nearly 10,000 new business jets worth about $250 billion are predicted to be delivered between 2012 and 2022, according to Honeywell’s 21st annual business aviation outlook, released yesterday. The forecast reflects an approximate 9-percent increase in projected delivery value over last year’s 10-year prognostication, driven by pricing increases and a continued trend toward more demand for higher-priced larger business jets.
Dallas Airmotive is anticipating that 2012 will be its busiest year ever in terms of field service support events in North America. The engine service provider, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, had 2,600 service calls last year ranging from engine borescope inspections to full engine changes and is on track to exceed 3,000 such events this year.
The UK’s Gama Engineering, a Gama Group company formed a year ago with the amalgamation of Lees Avionics and Mann Aviation Group Engineering, recently completed its 50th EASA STC. The project was the design and certification of a Garmin G600 installation in a BN Islander used by the Belgian Coast Guard. Gama Engineering is based at Fairoaks Airport.