The FAA last week published guidelines detailing the prohibition of personal electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablet computers, on the flight decks of Part 121 aircraft when the aircraft is in operation, unless those devices have been specifically approved for flight.
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Ingenio Aerospace of Montreal and Texas-based DAC International are introducing at EBACE 2014 a number of Ingenio’s “Smart Solutions” products. The Ingenio devices are designed to help aircraft manufacturers and interior refurbishment and completion centers deal with the rapid pace of smart-device technological change.
The suite of products–Smart Cabin Arm, Smart Cockpit Arm and Smartphone Holder–accommodates different formats and supports tablets, electronic flight bags, smartphones and MP3 players.
Three more companies have joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s dealer network for the installation and certification of LiveAero Broadband satcom systems. They are West Star Aviation, with facilities in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill. and Columbia, S.C.; Pro Star Aviation, with a facility in Londonderry, N.H., and Aviation Partners Group, with shops in Punta Gorda, Fla., Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine.
Ingenio Aerospace introduced a series of products designed to help aircraft manufacturers and interior refurb and completion centers deal with the rapid pace of smart-device technological change. Ingenio’s solution replaces in-cabin connectors with a USB-based receptacle into which various smartphone or tablet arms can be attached. The arms, which can handle as much as 250 pounds, include internal wiring for device charging. Devices fit into an Ingenio SmartPlate, which holds the smartphone or tablet securely and also contains the connector that fits the device.
Although in-flight fires originating in personal electronic devices are relatively rare, they often attract a good deal of attention and motivate operators to be prepared for the possibility. With that in mind, Industrial Energy Products (IEP) has been offering a growing array of fire-containment bags to the business aviation industry since 2009.
Elliott Aviation is pursuing STCs for Aircell’s new ATG 2000 broadband system in the Hawker 800/850/900, Phenom 300, King Air 350 and King Air B200/B200GT. It hopes to have the approval in hand by next year’s first quarter. The Aircell ATG 2000 is a cabin broadband wireless system aimed at midsize and light jets and turboprops. It allows passengers to connect to the Internet on their laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service for business aircraft will be expanded to include coverage over Canada starting in the first quarter of next year, the company announced today. At present, Gogo Biz allows passengers and flight crews to have high-speed Internet access above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices. No roaming fees will be assessed when using Gogo Biz in Canada, Aircell noted.
Greenwich AeroGroup is offering demonstrations of LiveTV’s satellite communications LiveAero Wi-Fi broadband data and voice system this week at Heli-Expo. The LiveAero system uses Iridium’s OpenPort Aero broadband service. It allows users to stay connected via Wi-Fi to their smartphone, tablet or laptop from takeoff to landing anywhere in the world at data speeds up to 300 kbps. According to Greenwich, this unique satellite configuration and antenna design allows the signal to be received under the helicopter main rotor, permitting signal connectivity throughout the flight.
Virtually none of the growth in the general aviation field in the next decade will happen in the U.S. A certain business jet company is bound to go under or be acquired. A forthcoming aircraft model will be a flop.
The $12,500 price tag on ASiQ’s mobile phone app might seem pricey, but by comparison with the $500,000 private jet mobile phone systems currently in service, it seems reasonable.
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