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ARINC Incorporated this month celebrates the tenth anniversary of its highly successful AviNet®Mail messaging service for the air transportation industry.

A high-performance business network, AviNet Mail enables easy cross-platform messaging for today’s users of Type B, e-mail, and SMS (short messaging service) communications. The ARINC service now delivers more than 30 million messages per day, a volume that includes 50% of the world’s operational Type B traffic.

“AviNet Mail has won numerous converts from other suppliers,” said Laura Petrozziello, ARINC EMEA Sales Director, Aviation Solutions. “Our 20,000-plus users appreciate not only our superior service but also our straightforward pricing structure and outstanding technical support.”

AviNet Mail offers low-cost Type B, email and SMS messaging over a secure private network, with the highest level of assured delivery available. ARINC’s core network has an availability of 99.999%. AviNet Mail is used by airlines, airport authorities and related organizations from flight dispatch operators to ground handlers and caterers.

More than 93% of AviNet Mail customers in a recent survey said they would be happy to recommend the service to others. More than 60% said their Type B messaging costs were significantly reduced after switching to the ARINC service.

Alexis Hickox, ARINC AviNet Services Director, said the company’s unrivalled experience in aviation communications has resulted in many ‘firsts’, including the use of Internet technology to provide low-cost access to IATA Type B messaging anywhere in the world, from any computer.

ARINC have developed a consultancy service to help you understand your Type B Messaging cots, allowing users to request a free messaging audit.

ARINC’s messaging calculator tool offers an immediate online idea of the size of your potential savings. For a free Type B Messaging audit please visit: www.typebcheck.com/arinc-type-b-message-calculator

French aviation company Dassault  is targeting the emerging Indian markets for its long range business jets, in particular the Falcon 7X. The aircraft, described as a “stunning advancement in business aviation” has become the company best selling business jet. It is also the first fully “fly-by-wire” business jet.

Falcon 7x Business Jet

Falcon 7x Business Jet

“Fly-by-wire” technology was developed in the ’70s, offering additional safety measures. Computers give out automatic signals that allow the plane to perform functions such as aircraft stabilization with no input from the pilot.The system is lighter than other mechanical systems, giving more freedom to designers in reducing the aircraft’s weight and size for more manoeuvrability and lower operating costs.

Last year two near miss accidents temporarily grounded the entire fly-by-wire fleet (about 112 of them) for several weeks. The Falcon 7X encountered a problem with the “horizontal stabilizer trim circuitry” (with the incident described by Dassault officials as a runaway pitch problem) that required software and hardware modifications. All the corrections have been made on the aircraft and the Falcon 7X is now fully certified with several orders lined up. Eurocopter Phils., together with Dassault of France, is planning to bring to Manila the shorter range Falcon 2000X around mid-April this year for showing and will conduct test flights for potential buyers in the Philippines.

In London, ARINC Direct as part of the company’s overall briefing gave a rundown on 2011 operations. The business aviation part of the business has started to realise some benefits from their previous investments in 2011, especially in advances with flight planning solutions and even exceeding them in terms of integration and customer support.

ARINC Direct has seen the number of aircraft it supports grow by 30% in the EMEA region, with most growth coming from the Middle East, Russia and Europe. In Europe ARINC has made significant gains in Italy, where it has recently signed two larger business aircraft operators.

The company is expanding its customer support structure with support now in India, which covers the Middle East and they are looking at setting up support in China.

“By listening to our customers we are able to manage a community of experience to deliver progressive and innovative solutions as well as core communication services,” says James Hardie, senior business manager, ARINC Direct EMEA.

ARINC have continued to develop apps for the iPAD, which was launched just before last year’s NBAA. The main new feature was the integration of FlightRisk, which enables clients to report on safety matters at airports to the worldwide ARINC Direct community. More apps are being added over the next few months.

“We are seeing a plethora of flight-deck applications enter the market on the back of the iPad and other tablets and we are duly delivering more up to date information, automatically to our own App, whenever it is connected. This has enabled information that was previously only available via aircraft avionics to be available on board from a live feed over Swift Broadband. Things like live weather radar and other data, coupled with mapping functionality easily enable pilots to re-route their aircraft or make other operational decisions. The easy availability of bandwidth and point to point connectivity is already starting to have an impact in areas like engine health monitoring, and Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) data delivery,” adds Hardie.

Currently ARINC Direct has around 2,500 business jets and business turboprop aircraft as clients worldwide. ARINC Direct will be attending EBACE in Switzerland.

For more information on business jet flight support services please visit www.business-flight-support.com.

Aircraft company Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has carried out research on the European jet industry, with findings showing that the aging business jets in circulation will soon need replacing.

Despite the harsh economic conditions this will likely lead to an uplift in sales. In Europe the average age of business jets are 13.2 years old, and a staggering 17% of the fleet are over 30 years old. Figures for the UK specifically show an even older (although the second largest) fleet.

HBC’s Europe, Middle East and Africa president Sean McGeough said: “This analysis highlights just how old many business aircraft in Europe are, with one in six at least 30 years old. Many of these aircraft will be less economically and environmentally viable than new aircraft so we anticipate seeing a significant number of aircraft retirements over the next few years.

“The industry has made a huge investment into delivering greater fuel efficiency for business aircraft. Newer aircraft not only have more efficient engines but are more aerodynamic and lighter.”

Ultra Electronics, Airport Systems this month announced it has completed implementation of Canada’s first Common-Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) at St. John’s International Airport, Canada.

Common-Use Passenger Processing System

Common-Use Passenger Processing System

The deployment of a fully virtualized client/server solution will provide a variety of efficiencies and advantages including lower energy costs, improved maintenance and less dependency on traditional PC’s.St. John’s International Airport is experiencing rapid growth as passenger traffic has doubled since the airport was privatized in 1998; a rate that is double the national average in Canada.

Common-Use Passenger Processing Systems are offered by a range of suppliers. ARINC, one such supplier, says “the cost savings of running multiple workstation operating systems on servers in the cloud versus traditional, on-site servers range between 50% and 70%”.

The ARINC product, vMUSE, is said to allow users to realize space savings, power savings, and reduced up-front capital costs as well as lower operation and maintenance costs due to the near elimination of on-site infrastructure. Despite the savings in cost, vMUSE Enterprise delivers the same common-use capabilities as full-size, server-based terminal installations of CUTE systems.

For more information please visit: www.vmuse-enterprise.com

It was reported this month that preliminary designs for a quiet supersonic business jet have been launched by a Russian aeronautical research agency.

The jet, which could fly over populated areas, should generate the same noise level as future subsonic aircraft for the civil market.

A conceptual image of the aircraft shows it with a long, pointed nose and up to four engines on the aft fuselage.

The goal of the project by TsAGI (The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute ) is to establish Russia as a technology leader in business aviation.

© The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI)

 

Because they have few limits on bandwidth airlines are giving satellites a second look for delivering onboard Internet services to passengers.

Satellites are an attractive option for airlines that are still figuring out the best and most affordable ways to deliver Internet on flights.

Currently most U.S. carriers offering in-flight Internet, including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, AirTran and Virgin America, use so-called air-to-ground technology provided by Illinois-based Gogo. This system only offers limited availability the aircraft must be flying over land.

Consultant Michael Planey says “Satellites offer broadband capability that gives airlines flexibility to offer more services to passengers”.

The commercial incentive for airlines are potential additional revenue sources that will require more broadband bandwidth, including streaming videos, online shopping, booking hotels and local destination coupons.

ARINC Cabin Connect - In-flight Broadband

ARINC Cabin Connect - In-flight Broadband

Onboard internet is offered by ARINC’s Cabin Connect Service. Passengers can now browse, email, IM, tweet, shop and more direct from their own device.

For more information on how ARINC’s passenger WiFi product can revolutionise the inflight experience please visit: www.cabinconnect.aero