Monthly Archives: October 2013

Industry Leading Passenger Processing Solutions from ARINCARINC Inc will continue to provide Hong Kong International (HKIA) with a full suite of passenger processing and bag drop solutions for the next five years, it has recently been announced.  In addition, support and maintenance services will also be provided.

HKIA, voted the world’s best airport, have been using ARINC technology and solutions since 2008.  Their MUSE, common-use systems and bag drop solutions, including BagLink baggage messaging and fallback tag services have been successful in enhancing operational efficiency.  In addition to the contract renewal, a new agreement has been signed to provide maintenance services and round-the-clock technicians with ARINC Managed Services division (AMS).

“With HKIA being one of the largest engineering and architectural developments in the world, the passenger system deployed by ARINC has been one of the most complex, comprising more than 1,300 common-use workstations located in Terminals 1 and 2, and Skypier of the Airport. The deployment also includes two off-site Airport Express train stations in Hong Kong, and multiple Upstream Check-in facilities at ferry terminals and bus stations in China and Macau,” said Glen Oliveiro, Director of Aviation and Ground Systems Solutions, ARINC.

“Since our founding 84 years ago, ARINC has been a trusted partner to the world’s leading airports and airlines. The fact that HKIA, one of the world’s largest airports and a major gateway into Asia, trusts ARINC to undertake this project is a testament to our commitment to providing the best technology and solutions to satisfy our customers’ needs,” said Michael DiGeorge, Managing Director of ARINC in Asia Pacific. “Having had a presence in Asia Pacific through our regional HQ in Singapore since 2003, this partnership with HKIA is also strategic as it underlines ARINC’s dedication to this rapidly-growing region.”

“Established on the principles of Safety, Operational Efficiency, Customer Convenience and Environment, it is of utmost importance that HKIA, being one of the world’s busiest passenger airports, uses a stable and reliable common platform. ARINC has consistently delivered reliable performance and quality, leading to improved efficiency in passenger processing and operation productivity over the past five years,” said Andy Bien, Chief Information Officer, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK).

Global Connectivity with ARINC eHub Solution for Airports

ARINC Inc announced today that its airport solution, AviNet Airport, through the enterprise hub (eHub) is in use by over 100 airports across the world.

The solution give a wide-area network connecting airline DCS to airport-based passenger processing systems, giving a single network connection to support common-use and self-service check-in with back-office settings.  The system allows airports to bring reliability to mission-critical services while drastically reducing operational costs.

“AviNet Airport deployment is continually expanding and includes strategic airports in the European, Middle East, Asian Pacific and American regions,” said Alexis Hickox, Senior Director, Aviation Solutions ARINC EMEA.  “We believe that the speedy and seamless implementation process for AviNet Airport has been the key to its extensive industry acceptance.”

ARINC Inc are industry renowned for the provision of innovative communications, integration and engineering solutions worldwide.  Industry leaders for eight decades, ARINC is a trusted name in aviation, synonymous with reliability.

Enterprise eHub is just one example of the drive to deliver significant cost efficiencies to the aviation industry with a focus upon web-based services and the flexibility that this brings.

Beale Air Force Base last week revealed the activation of a new 79-strong reserve intelligence squadron comprised of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance specialists.

Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solutions ProvidersBeale, a base that processes intelligence data will put the specialists to work with global intelligence networks alongside active duty personnel at their Distributed Ground Station.

Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance specialists carefully analyse and process raw human and satellite intelligence data gathered from across the world from unmanned airborne reconnaissance platforms and sends the processed information to combat commanders.

“Active duty may get smaller, so it’s important to capture these skill sets in the reserves,” said Lt. Col. Douglas A. Drakeley.

Lt. Col. Robert Garcia, 38 IS Commander, said to his squadron “many people will never know the day you saved their lives because nothing happened.”

The importance of accurate and timely delivery of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data cannot be stressed enough and ISR communications providers must be reliable.

ISR connectivity providers, such as ARINC, have worked within the military sector for decades, delivering solutions for mission critical transmissions.

Dassault Falcon 5X Business JetDassault Aviation have proudly unveiled their latest Falcon business jet at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas.  The Falcon 5X is their largest and most technologically advanced business jet, with new flight control system and aerodynamics.

Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation said, “The Falcon 5X is the new benchmark for the creative use of advanced technology in business aviation. Using design and manufacturing software and systems pioneered by Dassault, we have been able to build a larger, more comfortable and more capable aircraft that is also more environmentally friendly and much more economical to operate compared to other airplanes in its class.”

Announced as an industry breakthrough, the Falcon 5X is a significant addition to the Dassault product line, with a fuel efficiency of up to 50% better than those in its competing class.  Style and functionality are on show in the 16-passenger capacity cabin, following extensive industry research into cabin technology and passenger requirements for a greatly enhanced flight experience.

“The Falcon 5X represents our biggest investment since the beginning of the Falcon programs,” says Trappier. “It demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the technology leadership that we have displayed in this market since our first business jet flew 50 years ago.”

Innovation and consideration also reach into the flight deck, where the new digital flight control system shows major advancements in precision, ease-of-operation and safety aspects and includes innovative head-up displays with digital radar capable of detecting further reaches than ever before.  Improved fuel efficiency is a breakthrough in today’s world of budgetary requirements and is addressed by the new-generation real-time self diagnostic Silvercrest engines.

“The Silvercrest engine is 15% more fuel efficient than other engines in its power class; emissions are dramatically lower than current standards, and the engine is remarkably quiet,” says Trappier.

The Dassault Falcon 5X is expected to take its maiden flight during early 2015 and will be priced in the region of $45 million.

Advanced Passenger Information System in DubaiA federal project is expected to be implemented in Dubai to deal with Visa eligibility with the Advanced Passenger Information System initiative before passengers arrive in the UAE.

Col. Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, Assistant Director-General for e-Services Sector at the Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai said, “It (the advance passenger information system) shall rather importantly help the residency and immigration authorities concerned decide accurately if a passenger is banned from entering the country or not.”

The advanced passenger information system (APIS) will enable the directorate to collect passenger data and check visa eligibility before the aircraft touches down in the country. “Of course, we shall not prohibit anyone from entering the country. Rather, we shall disallow already banned people as registered in the systems of the country,” he continued.

The system will also identify prohibited passengers and enable advance cancellation of travel from the source of the flight for those passengers.  The APIS initiative will help to streamline ground operations for the airports, who expect to see more than 98 million passengers by 2020 and is welcomed in the UAE, who announced earlier this year that over 351,000 banned expats were denied access into the UAE since 2003, many in possession of fake credentials and associated paperwork.

Advance_Information_ManagementInformation management for aircraft involves the installation of avionics units and it has recently been announced that Boeing have awarded a contract to Teledyne to provide, develop and supply data acquisition systems for the next-generation 737 and 737 MAX.  The company have also been contracted to supply a new information management system for the 777, Next-gen 737, 737 MAX and the 747-8 production aircraft.

Information management systems are designed to improve flight safety and efficiency with a focus upon maintenance issues.

Information management is equally important on the ground and in the airport facility.  Flexible and scalable solutions are integral to enhanced ground security, both for physical security and advanced information management.

ARINC AIM provides comprehensive information management solutions designed and implemented to create an integrated control platform to enhance key infrastructure and mission critical messaging.

With individually tailored solutions for single and multi-use facilities, all aspects of security and information management can be encompassed, from intrusion detection and biometric control to data security and credential management.

aircraft communicationsDesignated airtime resellers, Honeywell have signed an agreement with ARINC Direct to provide the new Inmarsat GX Aviation connectivity to the Business Aviation Industry.

The agreement will provide ARINC Direct with the ability to incorporate the new GX Aviation into their Business Aviation Services and sell subscriptions packages to business jet operators and private owners.

The new Inmarsat GX Aviation is a Ka-band solution that will be available at the beginning of 2015 and will bring faster-than-ever broadband speeds for inflight messaging and entertainment that will rival those of ground-based operations.

Aircraft internet services for passenger communications will be faster and more cost-effective than existing services and will enhance flight deck communications with web-based services that can be accessed and operated in real time.

Inmarsat, a British Satellite Network has commissioned Boeing to build four satellites for the provision of the service and the first of which is expected to be ready to launch as early as December 2013.

ARINC Direct is delighted to be at the forefront of the new connectivity, following in the pioneering footsteps of ‘big brother’ ARINC Inc.

High Frequency Data Link (HFDL) for AviationSyberJet Aircraft acquired the rights to the SJ30 light twinjet aircraft in 2011 and moved production to Utah.  Honeywell agreed to provide the upgraded avionics and production is set to get moving again.

Honeywell’s new avionics system will include SmartView flight display and moving map plus dual FMS with many additional features including graphical flight planning, weather radar charts and maps and electronic checklists.

The system will support FANS/1A, controller pilot (CPDLC) and High Frequency Data Link (HFDL) operations as customer-specifications, in addition to SATCOM, flight data and cockpit voice recorder.

An SJ30 test aircraft will be outfitted with the new avionics and SyberJet expect it to make its first flight in early 2014 with a view to certification being attained by the end of next year.  The jet will feature a new interior, currently being worked upon, to include extra seating, while reducing weight even further.

The Jet, which may be marketed for $7.25 million, will be equipped with passenger cabin services for in-flight entertainment and an information system that will allow access from personal devices, such as Smartphones or iPads.

SyberJet General Manager Mark Fairchild said “Our new management is very conservative,” he said. “We want to under-promise and over-deliver,” when asked about delivery schedules.

The SJ30 was originally the GulfJet and was designed by Ed Swearingen in the late 1980’s.  Since its certification in 2005, the SJ30 has been owned by several companies before being acquired in 2011 by SyberJet.

Controller Pilot Data Link (CPDLC) Airtraffic Controllers Association of Ghana (ACAG) held an open day in Accra last week to showcase Controller Pilot Data Link (CPDLC) capabilities amongst its other activities to the public.

The open day was held in the Control Tower Building at Kokota International Airport (KIA) which opened its doors to the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School, Journalists and St Thomas Aquinas Senior High School as well as members of the public.

It is hoped that the open day will generate interest in air traffic control as a specialist career and encourage students to follow a path in aviation.

Air traffic control is a varied and interesting career, requiring specialist knowledge and ability in order to apply separation rules to maintain safe flying distances between aircraft in their assigned airspace as well as on the ground.

Mr William Amoako, an Airtraffic controller with GCAA, conducted the tour of the facility and stressed the importance of the role that the sector plays in the safety and efficiency of flying time.

Controller Pilot Data Link (CPDLC) is gradually replacing radio communications and is the future of air traffic management.  CPDLC helps to reduce pilot workload in the cockpit by automating many routine tasks and reduces radio congestion.

On Wednesday, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority unanimously approved a $1.1 billion scheme to improve airport operations, passenger processing and capacity for Orlando International Airport.

The expansion plans will hope to increase the capacity from the current 24 million to 45 million passengers per year.

The project will incorporate major improvements to airport operations for passenger processing capabilities including a new terminal ticket lobby and baggage handling facility.

In addition to the passenger processing improvements will be airfield projects and ground transportation plus terminal and airside upgrades and new additions.

The South Terminal APM Complex will be connected to the North Terminal via a people mover, giving direct connection to the South Terminal parking garage.

“Once we hit the trigger of 40 million annual passengers and now 2 million annual arriving international passengers, we’ll start the final design and construction of phase one of the South Terminal project, which will be a new terminal,” said Phil Brown, GOAA Executive Director.

Eight airlines are in support of the project, expected to begin in 2014 and take three years.  Five airlines have lodged objections, however, to the people mover and car requisitions from North to South Terminals.

The board have made it quite clear that they will not move forward with the expenditure of the entire budget without just and clear reasoning for proven, worthy spending.

The funding has been sourced from both state and federal grants, passenger facility charges and general airport revenue.  The improvements will greatly enhance passenger processing and baggage handling for a direct impact upon the passenger experience.