Viasat has extended its Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) coverage for its business aviation services across Brazil.

Viasat extends Ka-band IFC coverage to Brazil

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Viasat has extended its Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) coverage for its business aviation services across Brazil.

Viasat has extended its Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) coverage for its business aviation services across Brazil.

In Brazil, Viasat’s IFC system will leverage capacity on its Ka-band partner satellite, SGDC-1 (Geostationary Satellite for Defense and Strategic Communications), owned by Brazilian state-owned telecommunications services provider Telebras. Business aircraft operating in the country will be able to access Viasat’s advanced connectivity from takeoff to touchdown—at speeds typically greater than 20 Mbps—enabling passengers to do the same connected activities in the air as they do on the ground, including video, music and TV streaming, video calls, VPN and more.

Additionally, Viasat Business Aviation will soon provide  expanded coverage and capacity across parts of Europe and the Middle East on the Avanti Communication Group’s HYLAS-4 and HYLAS-2 satellites.

“We’re excited to bring additional coverage for our advanced in-flight connectivity solution to the business aviation markets in Brazil and, in the near future, Europe and the Middle East,” said Claudio D’Amico, Business Area Director, Business Aviation. “This coverage expansion will enable us to extend connectivity for existing operators, pursue new business in these important regions, and further establish Viasat’s market presence globally.”

Viasat expects to augment coverage and capacity in these regions in the future with its ViaSat-3 satellite constellation.

Redesigned Falcon 8X cabin

Dassault Aviation unveils enhanced Falcon 8X cabin experience

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Redesigned Falcon 8X cabin

Dassault Aviation has pulled the wraps off a new, enhanced interior design intended to provide added comfort and ergonomics on its flagship aircraft, the ultra-long-range Falcon 8X.

“The upgrade incorporates the latest cabin technology and contemporary stylistic thinking from our interior teams,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “We’ve taken a proven platform, and, with the help of extensive customer input, enhanced it with a range of new features intended to enhance cabin comfort.”

Drawing on innovative features in the award-winning cabin of the Falcon 6X, the restyled interior design for the Falcon 8X presents a fresh look, with flowing lines and curved surfaces intended to provide a perception of uninterrupted spaciousness from one end to the other. New LED lighting, including high-quality white light and a variety of programmable settings, reduces strain on the eyes while new sunrise/sunset functions help adapt to new time zones and stimulate a natural circadian rhythm on long, intercontinental flights.

The 8X cabin remains the most versatile in the industry, with multiple cabin configuration options, including a spacious galley, plus-size stateroom options, and an optional extended aft lavatory with shower. At the same time, it allows a high degree of customisation.

New acoustics reinforce the 8X cabin’s standing as the quietest on the market. Noise levels average below 50 dB— as quiet as a suburban living room —thanks to careful acoustic mapping and application of isolation mounts, noise reduction materials and fine tuning of environment systems designed to modulate potentially distracting frequencies.

Throughout the cabin, the reimagined design includes subtle changes specially introduced to improve the passenger experience. This includes additional iPad storage and charging areas in the mid-cabin bulkhead that keep personal devices easily accessible but out of sight when not required. The entryway/galley area also displays a number of new features — largely based on cabin crew feedback — including a more comfortable crew rest area and an improved, more efficient galley equipped with a larger sink, new faucet, better lighting, larger chiller, and increased storage space.

A new Innovative Cabin System (ICS) combines and simplifies control of cabin management and entertainment functions. The ICS interface is intuitive and can be activated via a personal device or via cabin touch panels flush mounted into the cabin side ledge. The cabin is fully Bluetooth capable, allowing passengers to stream music through the aircraft’s speakers or through a wireless headset. Once connected through Bluetooth, the ICS app identifies a passenger’s seated location and proposes environmental settings for temperature, lighting and window shade adjustment.

Dassault’s FalconConnect communications service provides a full line-up of passenger cabin connectivity applications, including real-time videoconferencing, voice over IP, Internet browsing, and email, virtually anywhere, anytime. Other passenger-pleasing features include FalconSkyView, which streams the view ahead on aircraft outfitted with external cameras, and the 8X’s Digital Flight Control System, whose design ensures an ultra-smooth ride, whatever the weather conditions, making the cabin experience more peaceful and relaxing than ever before.

ATR has opened the doors to its brand new innovative Customer Experience Studio at its headquarters in France.

ATR opens Customer Experience Studio

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ATR has opened the doors to its brand new innovative Customer Experience Studio at its headquarters in France.

ATR has opened the doors to its brand new innovative Customer Experience Studio at its headquarters in France. Equipped with seven cameras, a high-performance sound system, touch screens and virtual reality devices, the ATR Customer Experience Studio is the first of its kind in the aeronautical industry.

Through a series of interactive digital experiences, this fully connected space will enable ATR to bring its customers and stakeholders from all over the world to its headquarters, both remotely and in person, for a fully customisable and comprehensive touch and feel tour of its products and services – with a key focus on the manufacturer’s main competitive advantages, including the low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of its aircraft family.

Stefano Bortoli, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, commented: “ATR never stands still. The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply transformed our lives, however it also acted as a catalyst in the transition towards new innovative ways of connecting to our customers and stakeholders. This Customer Experience Studio will bring the world to ATR, no matter where they are, offering a premium and customisable experience. With this digital-first approach it will show, not tell, how ATR plays a leading role in regional aviation, at the forefront of sustainability, innovation and comfort. It is a significant investment to support our long-term vision, in line with our policy of continuous innovation.”

Gulfstream G400 interior and exterior

Gulfstream unwraps new aircraft

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Gulfstream G400 interior and exterior

Gulfstream Aerospace has officially introduced two all-new aircraft: the Gulfstream G800, the longest-range aircraft in Gulfstream history, and the Gulfstream G400, the first new entrant to the large-cabin class in more than a decade.

“For more than six decades, Gulfstream has led the business aviation industry with our commitment to continuous improvement and by consistently setting new standards for safety, performance, innovation and comfort,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Today marks a major milestone and investment in our company’s future with the introduction of the G800, our fastest longest-range aircraft yet, and the G400, the industry’s first new large-cabin aircraft in more than a decade.”

The G800 offers customers the longest range in the Gulfstream fleet with its 8,000-nautical-mile/14,816 km range.

“We designed the ultralong-range G800 to extend our customers’ reach to more people and places around the world,” said Burns. “The G800 redefines what it means to go farther faster in a Gulfstream and offers even more time savings with its impressive range at high speed.”

The G800 is designed to seat up to 19 passengers and offers up to four living areas or three living areas with crew compartment. It also features the signature Gulfstream Cabin Experience with 100% fresh, never recirculated air, whisper-quiet noise levels, industry-leading low cabin altitude and 16 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows.

The all-new G400 offers a combination of long-range, high-speed performance; cabin comfort; and environmental efficiency unrivalled in its class.

Three floorplans are offered, with options for seating up to nine, 11 or 12 passengers, and the G400 provides the signature Gulfstream Cabin Experience and 10 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows.

“The G400 was conceived and designed with direct customer input. It features revolutionary reliability and safety features we pioneered with our award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck and the largest cabin in its class, making it an outstanding addition to our next-generation fleet,” said Burns. “The aircraft re-envisions this market segment with its maximum operational flexibility and enhanced cabin comfort.”

Additional health and safety enhancements include 100% fresh, never recirculated and never refiltered air; the lowest cabin altitude in their respective classes, and a plasma-ionising clean air system neutralising 99.9% of airborne bacteria, spores and odours.

G800 customer deliveries are anticipated to begin in 2023 and G400 deliveries are anticipated to begin in 2025.

Gogo announces SmartShield membership programme

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Gogo Business Aviation has introduced SmartShield, a new premium membership program that lets current customers with an AVANCE or a classic ATG system take advantage of exclusive protections and benefits for their Gogo in-flight connectivity system.

“The value of SmartShield is significant and demonstrates our commitment to customers,” Dave Glenn SVP, Customer Operations commented. “Our customers told us they wanted to protect their inflight connectivity investment and with SmartShield they receive warranty protection for their equipment for as long as they are in the program. They also wanted protection against overage costs and have the ability to rollover unused megabytes of data to the following month.”

For US$5,000 per year plus a three-year service commitment, SmartShield provides three distinct and comprehensive benefits: control, protection and savings.

Control: Fixed service pricing; Monthly rollover of unused megabytes of data; Annual overage forgiveness.
Protection: Full perpetual warranty; Expedited shipping.
Savings: 50% discount on services from field service engineers; Free annual online training; Gogo Vision 360 discount.

For Gogo customers who are not currently using an AVANCE system, SmartShield offers an upgrade path to AVANCE with a $10,000 installation rebate and a $15,000 service credit toward a Gogo Biz 4G data plan. The $15,000 credit can be combined with existing promotions.

Honeywell has unveiled an all-new aircraft cockpit system with an always-on, cloud-connected experience that improves flight efficiency, operations, safety and comfort.

Honeywell releases cloud-connected cockpit system

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Honeywell has unveiled an all-new aircraft cockpit system with an always-on, cloud-connected experience that improves flight efficiency, operations, safety and comfort.

Honeywell has unveiled an all-new aircraft cockpit system with an always-on, cloud-connected experience that improves flight efficiency, operations, safety and comfort.

The Honeywell Anthem flight deck offers improved levels of connectivity, an intuitive interface modelled after everyday smart devices, and a highly scalable and customisable design. Honeywell Anthem is powered by a flexible software platform that can be customised for virtually every type of aircraft and flying vehicle, including large passenger and cargo planes, business jets, helicopters, general aviation aircraft, and the rapidly emerging class of advanced air-mobility (AAM) vehicles.

“Honeywell is not just launching a new flight deck today — we are changing the way pilots operate aircraft and creating a more intuitive experience than ever,” said Mike Madsen, President and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace. “In the same way we moved from flip phones to smartphones, Honeywell Anthem will transform the pilot experience with customisable controls operated quickly and easily with a few swipes of the finger.”

Honeywell Anthem generates and transfers data from ground-based servers so those involved in a flight’s operations have the information they always need. An aircraft doesn’t need to be powered on for pilots and maintainers to see the information they might need prior to launching a flight.

“Everyone who touches a flight is able to get information that matters to them when they need it,” said Vipul Gupta, Vice President and General Manager, Avionics, Honeywell Aerospace. “The aircraft becomes accessible via the cloud computing infrastructure, and things like maintenance data, flight plans and overall aircraft status are stored automatically by the avionics or via ground-based applications used by support personnel. This means data is accessible by any authorized user from anywhere.”

Honeywell Anthem seamlessly integrates with popular electronic flight bag planning applications to let pilots create, store and retrieve flight plans from anywhere. After pilots load the flight plan remotely, it will be ready and waiting when they arrive at the aircraft. The new Mission Manager function allows fuelling teams, ground transportation and caterers are aware of the mission plan, even if the plan has to change due to unexpected weather.

A smartphone-like, easy-to-use interface provides pilots and operations personnel with several capabilities that dramatically improve access to data, improving operational efficiency and safety. This includes allowing pilots or operators to customise the layout of digital displays within the cockpit to their preference. Honeywell Anthem uses visualisation and modern graphical and gesture-based methods, making the flight deck much easier to use.

Another of Honeywell Anthem’s unique features is a web browser that allows third-party applications and websites to run in the Honeywell Anthem cockpit, which also integrates with Honeywell Forge, a software platform that includes in-air and on-ground solutions for flight operations, flight efficiency, and connected maintenance in a single user interface.

“When you combine unprecedented connectivity and new features with our brand new, intuitive user interface that can be tailored to look and feel exactly how a pilot wants, you’ve got a truly game-changing system,” Gupta said. “Honeywell Anthem is going to bring us closer to our shared industry goals of better pilot experiences and more autonomous flight.”

Satcom Direct (SD) has validated the Plane Simple Antenna System during a series of transatlantic and European test flights.

Transatlantic test flights prove capabilities of Plane Simple Antenna System

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Satcom Direct (SD) has validated the Plane Simple Antenna System during a series of transatlantic and European test flights.

Satcom Direct (SD) has validated the Plane Simple Antenna System during a series of transatlantic and European test flights.

During over sixteen hours of testing across a three-day mission, the Ku-band Plane Simple Antenna System tail-mounted on SD Gulfstream G350, confirmed the reliability of the new hardware, which has been developed specifically for business aviation. Constant data transmission verified the terminal’s functionality across the Intelsat FlexExec network, stressed the system, and proved its capabilities across a range of aerial dynamics. The flight transitioned between three satellites on the Intelsat network as the aircraft flew along the east coast of the US, across the North Atlantic, and on to Ireland, before returning back to base in Melbourne, Florida.

The beam transmission was flawless as more than 29 GB of data was transmitted during the flight trials across Intelsat’s multi-layered, redundant, high-throughput satellite network. The SDR Gateway router supported Wi-Fi distribution to numerous personal electronic devices in the cabin, enabling multiple streaming applications, video conferencing calls, and Live-TV, to be simultaneously active.

“This heralds a new era for business aviation as it confirms SD has successfully developed a powerful hardware system that supports unparalleled connectivity services from a single source supplier. Contacting just one company for all connectivity needs streamlines the ownership experience, enhances customer support, and demystifies the complexity of aviation connectivity,” said President of Satcom Direct Business Aviation, Chris Moore. “The results prove that SD can support high-definition data streams for numerous on-board users concurrently and demonstrates that we remain committed to optimising the possibilities delivered by the digitisation of aviation.”

The Plane Simple Antenna System delivers a number of firsts to the business aviation sector. It consists of only two LRUs, an antenna and a modem, both of which are easy to access, enabling seamless upgrade paths and maintenance. The modem is positioned in the unpressurised part of the aircraft which also returns valuable stowage space to the passenger and crew.

SD is now working on generating commercial Supplemental Type Certificates to support Plane Simple installations. It is anticipated the first will be for Falcon 2000 owners, with others to follow by the end of the year to support business, military, and government aviation customers.

The tail-mounted Plane Simple Ku-band antenna is the first in a series being developed by SD in partnership with Germany-based QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH. Once activated it will support the Intelsat FlexExec Ku-band service, which has been designed as the only airtime service dedicated exclusively for business aviation.

Dassault Falcon 900B flight deck

CJG secures Falcon 900B STC for InSight

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Dassault Falcon 900B flight deck

Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Universal Avionics’ (UA) InSight Flight Deck Upgrade on the Dassault Falcon 900B.

The solutions for the Falcon 900B Flight Deck Upgrade are designed to allow operators to choose from a Phase One or Phase Two Package.

Phase One replaces the NZ-2000 FMS by adding dual UA UNS-1Fw SBAS-FMSs including LP and LPV approach capabilities, a CVR-120A Cockpit Voice Recorder, and UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit. This solution offers capabilities for FANS 1/A+ CPDLC, European ATN B1, and Push-to-Load (required by the FAA for Domestic US CPDLC, departure, and en-route clearances).

In Phase Two, the InSight Integrated Flight Deck Solution replaces the legacy EDZ-800 EFIS System with four UA InSight EFI-1040 Displays, dual Touch EFIS Control Display Units (ECDU), dual Alphanumeric Keyboards (ANK), and the Mid-Continent SAM MD-302 Standby Attitude Module, for a weight savings of more than 250 pounds. CJG’s STC options include upgraded dual integrated audio control panels, Iridium-based Safety Voice SATCOM for the cockpit, and enhanced LED Cockpit lighting.

CJG’s two-phase installation offers Falcon 900B owner/operators flexibility in budget and downtime coordination. The most comprehensive installation offers both Phase One and Phase Two during a single downtime event.

“The InSight Display System continues to gain significant momentum in the market, with nine STCs available or in advanced development, demonstrating the scalability of the system for business aviation,” said Dror Yahav, UA Chief Executive Officer. “Upcoming upgrades for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems and Flight Deck Connectivity will bring the updated airplane into the front line of business jets,” he added.

“The InSight Display System elevates the Falcon 900B to a NextGen world-class aircraft,” said Mike Mitera, Chicago Jet Group President. “Owner/operators will see immediate results in safety of flight, increased aircraft value, and a lower operating cost thanks to the increased reliability of the Universal Avionics equipment over the original OEM cockpit design. Most importantly, this sustainable technology is available today. As we look to 2022, Chicago Jet Group expects to add to this solution a fifth display for engine indication, and RNP-AR approach capability – a solution extensively tested already.”

F/LIST Pure Metal and Fresco Decor finishes

F/LIST launches new decorative finishes

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F/LIST Pure Metal and Fresco Decor finishes

Austria-based F. LIST has introduced three new surface finishes to the business jet market. The first-of-a-kind Pure Metal, Fresco Décor and Glass Wood Veneer finishes provide distinctive decorative results, designed to embellish cabin schemes throughout the aircraft.

The sleek Pure Metal Finish (image left) employs metals and alloys to produce ‘striking’ patterns and textures on virtually any surface type and structural shape. Four surface finishes – smooth veneer, fine stippled, coarse stippled and brushed – are currently available in copper, tin, bronze, and brass. In addition, Pure Metal Finish weighs 20% less than conventional metal finishes.

Fresco Décor (image right) finish delivers ‘luxuriously’ embossed, three-dimensional surfaces to normally one-dimensional areas. Ultraleather, Ultrasuede, or other specified soft materials, are fashioned into different shapes, with embossing depths of up to 4 mm, to create subtle light and shadow effects. In addition to bringing natural forms to the interior, the material also has acoustic properties that can dampen sound, making it a practical surface, for quiet zones, sleeping and rest areas.

For an ultra-deep gloss appearance, the Glass Wood Veneer adds an exquisite sheen to real wood veneers by layering high-tech, hygienic, Aviationglass onto flat surfaces in the galley or wet areas. Segments can also be customised with layers of the mirrors to represent corporate logos or other representative images. Glass Wood Veneer also incorporates interactive technologies to optimise cabin functionality, while retaining cabin elegance.

Each finish has received certification, allowing for their immediate use in the cabin.

“We anticipate that these stunning new options will inspire, aviation designers, OEMs, and completion centres to think even more creatively about interior styling. Cabins now represent offices, leisure areas, conference rooms and homes, often all in one flight, which is why we want to provide our customers with new ways of enhancing them. Interiors are also becoming a significant factor in purchasing decisions and we remain committed to helping our customers make their offerings stand out,” explained Anita Gradwohl, Group Director Customer Relations & Sales of F/LIST.

MedAire has enhanced its aviation security competencies in the Middle East region.

MedAire enhances Middle East aviation security competency

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MedAire has enhanced its aviation security competencies in the Middle East region.

MedAire has responded to the growing number of requests for intelligence relating to travel to and over the Middle East region, by significantly investing in its Dubai operations centre.

The company is adding two dedicated aviation security specialists and a security manager. In addition, to support client-led feedback, MedAire has enriched its aviation security content management system and technological capabilities, enabling their experts to enhance the client experience.

Hany Bakr has been appointed as Senior Vice President Aviation Security and Maritime to support the product development portfolio with new online tools and capabilities. Bakr will support clients in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific regions by helping manage and mitigate risks to their people, aircraft, luxury yachts, operations, and reputations.

“As organisations strive to manage aviation travel security risks to keep employees and customers safe, MedAire continues to invest, expand and enhance our best-in-class suite of services. Technology alone can’t support an operation during a critical event, which is why MedAire continually invests in people like Hany each year in addition to tech investments,” said Bill Dolny, CEO MedAire.

“Global risks are increasing each day. From geopolitical instability to border restrictions due to the impact of COVID-19, the need for a local and regional presence to provide non-biased, timely aviation and maritime-specific advice has never been greater,” Dolny continued. “MedAire’s clients speak directly with local subject matter experts for additional intelligence and advice anytime. Giving our client’s 24/7 access to industry-leading experts makes us unique in the industry.”