A FANS 1/A STC for Bombardier’s Challenger 604 involved a collaboration of Rockwell Collins and Jet Aviation St Louis, combining experience from both companies on the airframe.
The aftermarket FANS 1/A solution package offers CPDLC compliance and ADC-C to reduce the workload for the crew on the flight deck while navigating remote global airspace and vast oceanic expanses.
As we know, CPDLC gives access to equipped aircraft to preferred tracks, further enhancing flight efficiency with the benefit of time and fuel savings. Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion avionics is a necessary suite for FANS and is already widely used.
The UK Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron has announced that the UK aviation security budget will be doubled to £18 million, in a bid to combat the threats to the country, and following the devastating attacks in Paris that have rendered France in a state of emergency.
Mr Cameron also claimed that seven terrorist plots in the UK had been headed off during this year, one of which was in the last month.
He also added that government funding plans include the recruitment of 1900 additional officers for the intelligence agencies GCHQ, MI5 and MI6.
The news is welcomed as a general feeling of concern spreads through the UK and other European countries. Mr Cameron will be in meetings with heads of state from around the world in the coming weeks and months to discuss the possibility of attacks on Daesh, the Islamic group that claims it was behind the recent attacks.
Canada-based Latitude Technologies has joined the aircraft messaging sector for next generation solutions with their satellite data unit, DL150, which will support ACARS and CPDLC, and complete their FANS 1/A+ offering.
As the commercial and business aviation industry moves towards a holistic approach to flight communications, and with the CPDLC compliance initiative just around the corner, operators are searching for the most competitive aircraft messaging solutions.
Other providers, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC, with their CPDLC and Type B messaging suites, are delivering packages to ensure their customers find the right fit for their business and requirements.
Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) has been acquired this week by ParkerGale Capital LP, Chicago-based investment company for an as yet undisclosed sum.
ATP has offered information management services to the aviation industry since 1973, with an aim to provide safety and compliance. Family-owned, ATP will continue with a new CEO, Charles Picasso, former CEO of IHS Inc. with a proven track record in the information management sector.
Caroline Daniels, former CEO of ATP felt that she had made the right choice to take her business forward with Mr Picasso and ParkerGale, who look forward to taking over.
The Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau has pledged to make its airports more attractive to the business aviation sector after admitting that they were ‘not so user-friendly’.
In the last five years, Japan has been taking steps to make business aviation a larger part of the country’s growth strategy, particularly in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The improvements include a number of measures to make the major airports more accessible to corporate jets with additional parking, additional taxiways and dedicated customs and terminal space for business passengers.
A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Bureau said that although the results of the initial efforts have been slow, the first six months of this year has shown an increase of 14%.
Many passengers dread the security screening process in airports. Although most of us are not carrying prohibited items, that feeling of being screened give us a sense of guilt anyway.
Baggage handling systems in airports have inevitably improved in the past five years and screening using the latest technology has undoubtedly speeded up the entire check-in process. Systems such as ExpressDrop have given passengers greater control of their journey times using self-service kiosks and bag drop desks to have baggage weighed, measured and tagged before leaving the terminal to continue through the screening process.
Some of the world’s top security experts have said that the greatest threats to airport security can come from inside the terminal, with personnel having greater access to vulnerable areas. It is thought that the Metrojet incident was likely caused by the placement of a bomb by a baggage handler, which begs the question are these self-service, automated systems going to improve security by effectively reducing the amount of handling baggage goes through by ‘real’ hands?
Undoubtedly, airport security screening must step up to look as closely at the airport staff as it does at the passengers, particularly now, as the entire world feels vulnerable to attack.
With issues of airport security rising significantly every day, operators, agencies and governments are turning to the latest technology to ensure critical security measures are maximised at airports all over the world.
With solutions for electronic identity and automated border control, travellers can feel as though they are protected, without adding time and hassle to their journey.
Recently, Keensight Capital invested in Vision-Box, a Lisbon-based automated border control provider, who produced a biometric solution to keep passengers moving through border security, including automated gates and identity management.
Rockwell Collins offers a range of automated border control solutions using eBorders technology with biometric benefits for both passengers and airports, maintaining high levels of security and integrating self-service applications.
As the world looks to the largest providers of automated border security solutions to keep security measures in place, passengers can also look forward to a streamlined and efficient passage through airports.
Cabin management systems on business jets have become as important to travellers as the stylish interiors, with demand rising for comparable comforts and connectivity as those of the best hotels.
Honeywell is offering upgrades for its analogue C-series systems, which will deliver digital capabilities over a three-phase upgrade that will include updated HD monitors and surround sound systems.
In-flight entertainment and integrated cabin management systems, such as Honeywell’s latest offering and others like Rockwell Collins’ Cabin Connect, which combines options for concierge services, cabin crew applications and opportunities for enhanced revenue, are giving corporate and commercial aircraft operators far greater choice than ever before.
Norwich International Airport pledged to update its security systems after an embarrassing incident this month when their website was hacked ‘within minutes’.
Airport operations director will look into replacing the system to include secure protocols as soon as possible. The hacker, who called himself ‘His Royal Gingerness’, claims he hacked into the site to ‘see if [he] could,’ in an alarming short space of two to three minutes. His Royal Gingerness will not reveal his true identity in case of prosecution, but says that he enjoys trying to find vulnerabilities in modern systems.
Providers of airport security systems software realise that vulnerabilities exist, and encourage airports to ensure robust networks to protect passenger and airline data.
Royal Jordanian Airlines have selected a suite of ARINC GLOBALink services for aircraft communications for its entire fleet this week. GLOBALink, from Rockwell Collins, delivers VHF, HFDL and SATCOM communications to fulfil the requirements of the diverse fleet, which often travels over desert and oceanic routes that need a wider range of global communications solutions.
Royal Jordanian expanded earlier this year, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa and is the first ME carrier to select Rockwell Collins as its primary provider.