Jupiter Avionics introduced its wi-Jac wireless headset/intercom adapter at the AEA show. The $995 wi-Jac system consists of two adapters, one that plugs into the aircraft’s headset jack and another that the headset plugs into. No installation is required, and the wi-Jac system not only eliminates tangled wires in the cockpit but also allows crewmembers to exit the aircraft and remain in communication with each other, instead of unplugging the headset and using a handheld radio.
Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat and Honeywell offered a preview of avionics designed to support Inmarsat’s “game-changing” GX Aviation service at AIX in Hamburg, where the components were on display for the first time .
Aircell recently completed its acquisition of Airfone from LiveTV. The agreement includes LiveTV’s 1-MHz air-to-ground spectrum license, as well as the Airfone in-flight communications service, network infrastructure and back-office operational assets. To expand capabilities, Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Internet service will branch into Airfone’s frequencies, which are adjacent to those currently used by Gogo and Gogo Biz. To accommodate this expansion, the Airfone service will be permanently decommissioned on December 31.
Duncan Aviation, in partnership with Rockwell Collins, completed the first installation of a Rockwell Collins Ascend IMS-3500 information management server on the Citation XLS+ under Rockwell Collins’s approved model list STC. Duncan Aviation avionics team members installed the aircraft information manager system, which allows for secure, remote and wireless data transfer capabilities to Pro Line 4- and Pro Line 21-equipped aircraft, in a Citation XLS+ at the company’s facility in Battle Creek, Mich.
With its 25-year heritage of supplying major Chinese airlines, including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, with avionics and cabin system products, Rockwell Collins (Booth P417) is no newcomer to the Asia Pacific region. But ABACE is a business aviation show, and the company is ready for it, with innovations from the cockpit through the cabin for both business jets and helicopters.
One of Satcom1’s fastest-growing markets is China, and the Danish company is exhibiting here to highlight its capabilities as a satellite communications service provider. “The potential in China is growing by the day,” said Satcom1 international sales manager Jimmy Larsen.
The FAA’s new final rule allowing pilots to update navigation and avionics databases took effect on January 28. The rule covers “updating of databases used in self-contained, front-panel or pedestal-mounted navigation equipment.”
Universal Avionics announced a new extended warranty program for owners of Universal products this week at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Las Vegas. The new FlightAssure program is available after expiration of the original two-year warranty and for most older Universal avionics units.
Customers have been asking for extended warranties, according to director of product support Andy Seaton. “They want stability in operating costs. Costly repairs might not be budgeted, and this way they don’t have to worry about a surprise.”
The Aircraft Electronics Association used the occasion of the 56th annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show to introduce its first Avionics Market Report, an accounting of what participating OEMs sold in the previous year. Nineteen OEMs participated in this year’s report, including Bendix/King, Garmin, Rockwell Collins and Honeywell Business & General Aviation. The gross sales for last year, including forward fit and retrofit units sold, totaled $6.3 billion, according to the report.
As Inmarsat prepares to launch the first Global Xpress Ka-band satellite later this year, Honeywell engineers have successfully completed the preliminary design review of satcom hardware that will be installed in aircraft. The review covered the satcom terminals and antenna subsystems that Honeywell will manufacture for commercial and business aircraft. This included “external interface control documents and fuselage- and tail-mount antenna specifications,” according to the company.