Iridium has agreed to combine with an affiliate of New York investment bank Greenhill & Co. as part of a strategy to raise $500 million in seed capital for deployment of it next-generation satellite communications network.
International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., said it has started deliveries of the NxtLink 120A and 220A Iridium communications systems. Both support Fans (future air navigation system), CPDLC (controller-pilot datalink communications) and Acars messaging anywhere in the world. Intended for use in the cockpit, the NxtLink 120A product includes two Iridium transceivers
Complex materials, made of carbon fiber composites and a metal, are tricky to characterize. “We already know that titanium is a better match than aluminum with carbon fiber,” research coordinator Benoît Sagot-Duvauroux said. But now researchers are endeavoring to put numbers on corrosion and dilatation issues, for example. Simulation of real-world operating conditions is the key to success in this work.
Allegheny Technologies (ATI) is exhibiting at a Farnborough Air Show for the first time as ATI Aerospace–a new “market sector team” charged with answering record demand for titanium and super alloys from the aerospace and defense industry.
AirCell is introducing two new airborne telecommunications products, the AST 3500, which combines cellular technology with the Iridium satcom system, and the ST 3100, which relies exclusively on Iridium. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November.
Icarus Instruments of Tokoma Park, Md., has introduced SatTalk II, a low-cost satcom system that uses the Iridium network of satellites to route calls around the globe. The $6,000 system consists of a Motorola Series 9505 portable telephone, aircraft-mounted docking station and external antenna. The satphone can be removed from its docking station and used on battery power on the ground away from the airplane.
The Falcon 50, 900 and 900EX are among the first of several business jets to be the subject of a final AD as a result of the FAA’s special certification review (SCR) of all pressurized airplanes after the October 1999 Payne Stewart Learjet 35 crash and several other incidents and accidents attributed to suspected oxygen deprivation.
Mercury Air Center dedicated a new hangar and tenant office on August 24 at its Hanscom Field FBO (BED) in Bedford, Mass. The 38,000-sq-ft facility, built adjacent to the existing Mercury terminal, includes a 30,000-sq-ft hangar bay that can accommodate GVs or Global Expresses. In addition to the bay, there are 8,000 sq ft of office and shop space available for tenants.
Aircraft maintenance does not exactly move forward technologically at the speed of light. Instead, it appears the industry is in a constant state of making things incrementally better. A small innovation here, some modification to an existing procedure there, a reemphasis on the importance of service, and the result is that operators get better, faster, more cost-effective maintenance.
International Communications Group (ICG) has integrated its Iridium-based satcom systems with the Universal Avionics UniLink UL-70x communications management unit. Operators can use Iridium short-burst data or the standard dial-up data service to receive text and graphical weather anywhere in the world, along with text messaging, position reporting and Acars messaging.