Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics formed a 50-50 joint venture in executive/VIP cabin electronics, and the new company–IDair–made its trade-show debut last month at Ebace. The backbone of the IDair system is a combination of the Panasonic eX2 with components from Lufthansa Technik’s networked, integrated cabin equipment (Nice) system.
ForeFlight has added geo-referenced approach plates and airport diagrams to its Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch application. The new ForeFlight HD Pro costs $149.99 per year and includes geo-referenced charts and airport diagrams provided by Seattle Avionics. ForeFlight HD subscribers can upgrade and receive credit for remaining HD subscriptions.
Aviation insurer Global Aerospace of London announced the launch of its FlightDeck iPhone/iPad app at Heli-Expo 2011, enabling users to access the company’s insurance services via these mobile devices. Global Aerospace is demonstrating the app throughout the convention at its booth (No. 823).
Banyan Air Service received the first STC for the SwiftBroadBand 200 class of service in the U.S.
As demand to surf the Internet in flight grows, Duncan Aviation continues to develop supplemental type certificates (STC) to do just that. The MRO’s latest STC is for the installation of Aircell’s cabin telecommunication router, which provides Wi-Fi access in the cabin for Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service. The new STCs apply to the Hawker 800XP/850XP/900XP and Falcon 2000/2000EX EASy.
Banyan Air Service received the first STC for the SwiftBroadBand 200 class of service in the U.S. The Aviator 200 is a lightweight Inmarsat-based system that provides a Wi-Fi hotspot in an aircraft. According to Brian Wilson, Banyan Air Service director of avionics, it supports Wi-Fi-enabled PDA devices such as the BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad.
Universal Weather & Aviation has introduced the second release of its Universal Mobile application. This allows UVAir cardholders to access their online fuel management accounts through any Web-enabled mobile device, including iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android.
West Star Aviation has added a mobile support team (MST) to its Dallas facility. “All of the techs at the Dallas facility are available and ready to support the MST,” Sam Haycraft, executive v-p of operations, told AIN.
Jeppesen wasn't the first to offer an iPad app to the aviation market, but its Mobile TC app was worth the wait. Released at the end of last July, heavy downloading of the app caused overload of Jeppesen servers, which the company quickly corrected.
TrueNorth Avionics, LiveTV Airfone and Satcom Direct are teaming to develop and market a next-generation Magnastar air-to-ground communications system that will provide voice, Wi-Fi Internet and e-mail, text messaging and multichannel VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) services to business jet operators.