The ILA Berlin Air Show saw Rockwell Collins’ latest training systems last week, as the company featured its Common Architecture Avionic System (CAAS) and Cockpit and Joint Secure Air Combat Training System (JSAS).
CAAS reduces crew workload with integrated multiple communications, weapons and mission sensor subsystems and navigation, focussing on increased safety and operational awareness.
JSAS delivers the first certified, four-level Multi Independent Levels of Security (MILS) training equipment for both ground-based and airborne applications.
In addition, Rockwell Collins featured its Flight Mission Computer FMC-4000 radios and TELDIX space wheel.
Since the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 in March 2014, the aviation industry has held global flight tracking standards under close scrutiny, led by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
ICAO want to have global flight tracking standardised, with positioning reporting at 15-minute intervals under normal flight conditions, and reporting every minute for aircraft under ‘distress’ conditions. The body authorised by the UN, overseers of aviation safety in this respect, has asked that these conditions be mandatory by the end of 2018.
ICAO is working with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to ensure, through simulations, that the proposed tracking standard is possible in what they deem to be ‘real-world conditions’.
The technology is already in place to determine safe and reliable flight tracking on a global scale. Providers of flight tracking systems and aircraft communications, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviNet, rely on a robust system architecture, and multiple data sources, to deliver accurate aircraft positioning via Inmarsat satellite communications.
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has announced its frustration with TSA screening processes after a breakdown last week resulted in significant baggage systems delays. The airport joins a queue of other airports in the US, who are growing increasingly concerned with TSA systems.
The delays last week were caused by a technical system breakdown that resulted in delays for 16 airlines, and more than 3,000 checked-in bags being left behind.
Airport staff used their initiative to forward around 1,000 bags to Las Vegas airport for screening, as luggage began piling up.
An increasing number of airports around the world are moving to automated baggage handling systems and employing outside agency help for screening. Common bag drop solutions are growing in popularity with the option for multiple airline bag drop kiosks and off-site passenger check-in.
It has been announced that Pentastar Aviation and Chicago Jet Group have formed a strategic alliance for the provision of CPDLC FANS 1/A STC for Gulfstream business aircraft.
Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) will give access to designated airspace that will reduce flight time and fuel burn, and has been introduced to enhance efficiency for flight deck communications as air traffic continues to increase year-on-year.
FANS technology delivers flight tracking and text messaging capabilities to flight decks to enable clear and concise aircraft communications across the world.
Providers of CPDLC support aircraft operators as they move towards a single directive for air traffic communications.
CityJet flight AF1558 received an RAF fighter jet escort last week following a failed communications system over the UK.
The Air France aircraft reportedly went off-course during its flight bound for Newcastle, losing part of its communications system over an area of Yorkshire.
The Royal Air Force launched a quick scramble of two Typhoon fighter planes to identify the aircraft that was unresponsive.
Once communications were re-established, the Air France flight landed safely. Although Air France confirmed the incident in a later Tweet, the cause of the radio silence has not yet been confirmed.
Last month, the US Senate introduced the Cybersecurity Standards for Aircraft to Improve Resilience Act (Cyber AIR Act). This move requires the FAA to introduce guidelines for the aviation industry in addition to the requirement of airlines to report any and every instance of cyber-attack to the government.
In a technologically-advancing age, cybersecurity in the aviation industry is becoming increasingly necessary, with potentially disastrous consequences on the table for failure to keep information management systems secure. Millions of pieces of mission-critical data, and personal passenger information is exchanged between agencies, government bodies and aviation businesses every day, and access to it is strictly regulated.
Providers of cybersecurity solutions for key infrastructure in airports and secure facilities all over the world deliver a wide range of products and technology to ensure industry standards are met and integration remains fully managed.
EBAA CEO, Fabio Gamba spoke out last week at a media event in Brussels, about the ‘lack of political will’ being at the root of the business aviation sector’s ability to make more use of regional airports in Europe.
With additional use of existing technology, business aviators would gain additional options in adverse weather conditions with restricted visibility – a system that is already deployed in the U.S.
Gamba criticised the policy-making officials in the EU for what he refers to as an ‘over-focus on the role of hub airports’, and urges them to ‘display greater political will’ for the promotion of the use of technology in regional airports, which will, in turn, lead to greater support.
Technavio, leading market research reports providers, announced the top five AIS market providers that they expect will lead the way until the end of the decade.
Airport operators are coming under increasing pressure as systems become more advanced, and requirements and expectations rise. The global aviation industry is growing at a rate of more than 5% year-on-year in terms of passenger traffic, and systems integration is critical to ensure smooth and efficient airport operations.
Four of the top five providers are based in Europe, with just one, Rockwell Collins, based outside the EU.
Rockwell Collins, with its acquisition of ARINC three years ago, has gone from strength to strength in this sector of the industry with superior integration processes for airports across the world.
AviNet Airport is just one of its powerful solutions, giving operational agility to the airport environment and leveraging the proven AviNet network for seamless reliability in the messaging environment.
Metrojet, pioneering Hong Kong-based executive jet operator and maintenance provider, has selected Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect to provide its international trip support and services for its fleet of business aircraft.
ARINCDirect’s international trip support delivers a holistic service including flight planning, contract fuel purchasing and even concierge services for its executive clients.
Metrojet’s CEO, Bjorn Naf said, “Metrojet is dedicated to upholding the highest standards and meeting our customer’s needs in the most professional and personal way possible. ARINCDirect services provides economies of scale and cost savings that benefit both our business and our customers.”
The contract is considered a major milestone for ARINCDirect in Hong Kong, and it looks ahead to growth for international trip support services in Asia.
A joint venture has been agreed between British satellite company, Inmarsat, and Beijing’s Marine Communications and Navigation (MCN) to develop aircraft communications solutions for the cabin and the flight deck for the Chinese commercial aviation market.
Inmarsat’s latest offering, GX Aviation, will feature highly in the joint venture, providing in-flight connectivity solutions to give global coverage, as will SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S).
China’s aircraft passengers will soon be able to enjoy broadband at speeds comparable to the ground-based services, and will be able to use their personal mobile devices.
The agreement is expected to be finalised later this year.