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Sandel Avionics' Avilon
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Rockwell Collins' Stage offers a broad selection of
entertainment and information content that can stream up to
70 passengers at once, all easily loaded from a cloud-based
management service from the back office.
tions, in-flight entertainment and its Corporate Aircraft
Service Program .
Last year, Rockwell Collins acquired ICG, a manufacturer of satellite-based voice and data telecommunications services for both the flight deck and the cabin. According to Wade, the company now has fully integrated
the ICG product line and is implementing Future Air
Navigation System 1/A certifications based on satellitebased communications services . Wade told attendees
his company expects to publish a bulletin later this year
advising its dealers of new pricing and part numbering
consistent with ICG's .
The company also is expanding its recently announced Corporate Aircraft Service Program for maintenance and service of Rockwell Collins equipment .
The CASP now provides three different service levels to
accommodate a variety of aircraft sizes and types, and
operators' preferred features, with an emphasis on budget predictability and consistent aircraft availability . The
three tiers now include CASP Elite, the classic CASP
offering and CASP Essentials .
Rockwell Collins also is offering a new in-flight entertainment content service, Stage, which features the latest movies, television programming, music, magazines
and more, displayed on mobile devices and laptops . The
onboard system features 2 terabytes of media content
storage with a simple, intuitive front-end . With Stage,
content is streamed to onboard mobile devices via WiFi . The subscription-based service's content is refreshed
monthly from a web-based menu and can be configured
with add-on options such as news feeds, stock updates,
sports and weather forecasts .
For more information, visit rockwellcollins .com .
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In the 1990s, Sandel Avionics was one of the first companies to offer an all-electronic horizontal situation indicator for
retrofit applications. Since then, its product line has expanded to include a variety of flight instruments and electronics.
As Steve Fulton, the company's senior test pilot explained,
Sandel is expanding its reach into the retrofit market with the
Avilon avionics suite for various Beechcraft King Air models .
Sandel described the Avilon system as "the first flight
deck designed for performance-based navigation, from the
inside out ." It's a complete panel makeover for the King Air,
which the company said can be installed in as little as five
days . The system's unitary design means it arrives at the
installer as a prewired assembly, and the panel installs in
a single step . It replaces an in-service King Air's avionics -
including the line-replaceable units, flight instruments and
their wiring harnesses - all at once with a modern system of
smaller, integrated components .
The company said Avilon includes all the components of
a NextGen flight deck: radios, flight management computer,
audio control, ADS-B Out and a flight director/autopilot.
Flight deck information is displayed in a clean, uncluttered,
easy-to-consume format, highlighting the most relevant
data . The patent-pending Avilon Path Guidance Panel is designed to integrate tactical aircraft control with the FMC and
display the projected flight path, which the company said
should make single-pilot operations safer and less stressful .
The company expected Avilon for the 200 series King
Air models to begin shipping in June 2016 . An FAA STC is
scheduled for later in 2016 . Avilon will be available through
select certified dealers and will sell for a guaranteed flyaway price of $175,000 .
For more information, visit sandel .com .
Since its inception in 1997, Satcom Direct has worked to
meet aircraft operators' demands for better connectivity in the
cabin and the cockpit . Its services help to synchronize the
aircraft with the flight department and provide an integrated
connectivity platform . Among the company's innovations are
its patented Global One Number service, which simplifies
calling an aircraft in-flight, and ensuring smartphones ring
and computers operate "with the same reliability and speed
in the air as on the ground, anywhere in the world ."
At the 2016 AEA Convention, Bill Darbe, Satcom Direct's director of sales, introduced the company's latest