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communications technologies." Later in
2017, when it rolls out its air-to-ground
network, SmartSky 4G LTE, it just may
realize that objective. The company's planned
network is designed to take advantage of its FCCcertified spectrum reuse and advanced beamforming
technologies to deliver airborne download speeds
comparable to next-generation satellites with
"unmatched" data upload rates. According to SmartSky,
its new network will eliminate the inherent latency
of satellite-based airborne internet solutions while
lowering current costs for users.
Ryan Stone, SmartSky Networks' president and
director, introduced the company's new Skytelligence,
"an integrated body of tools and resources for use by
aerospace apps developers, suppliers and operators"
in developing network-enabled applications for
aviation users. The company said Skytelligence "helps
transform data into actionable knowledge to enhance
situational awareness for the crew, resulting in
improved efficiencies, increased mission effectiveness,
and enhanced safety."
SmartSky added that Skytelligence's benefits
for programmers and app developers include an
architecture using application programming interfaces
to facilitate development while consolidating multiple
data sources and advanced algorithms for collaboration
and interoperability. The service will allow developers
to access patented methods and systems for flight-path
trajectory, airspace modeling and more via an open
framework. According to the company, electronic flight
bag applications can use that framework "to enable
five-dimensional (latitude, longitude, altitude, current
time and future time on the aircraft's route) trajectorybased operations applications and services to optimize
fuel burns, save flight time, and account in real-time for
air traffic, airspace and weather dynamics."
For more information, visit smartskynetworks.com.
Trans-Cal Industries should be a common name
throughout the avionics industry. The company has
long been in the business of manufacturing and selling
altitude encoders and
serializers, plus avionics
test equipment, as well
as other products. John
Ferrero, company president and
CEO, introduced Trans-Cal's newest
offering, the SSD120-(XX)C series
of altitude digitizers/encoders, which
offer rugged and reliable pressure altitude reporting.
According to Ferrero, the new model comes with the
same quality of Trans-Cal's other avionics products but
in a smaller package and at a lower price.
The Trans-Cal SSD120-(XX)C, or "Charlie," as Ferrero
referred to it, comes in two versions: the SSD120-30C,
with an altitude range of minus 1,000 to above 30,000
feet, and the SSD120-35C, which extends the altitude
range to more than 35,000 feet. Both models are all solidstate altitude encoders. They feature FAA TSO-C88a and
EASA ETSO-C88a approvals, and conform to MIL-STD704E and RTCA DO-160E. Both are suitable for ADS-B
Out installations and provide 10-foot-resolution serial
data; ICAO graycode only is an option.
Both versions of the Trans-Cal SSD120-(XX)C are
under 1-inch high, and weigh only 4.3 ounces. Adapter
plates also are available so either of the two new units
can be fitted into existing mounting trays from other
manufacturers. The new products are pin-compatible with
the company's existing and legacy products. Trans-Cal
offers a 42-month warranty - the longest in the industry,
according to the company - on the two new encoders,
and the company offers direct replacement for covered
failures: a brand-new unit, with a brand-new warranty.
Operating voltage requirements range from +10 to
+33v DC. Standard operating temperature range is
from minus 20 to 70 degrees Celsius (minus 4 to 158
degrees Fahrenheit). Connector choices include standard
D-subminiature style or cylindrical connectors for military
applications. The device's all-aluminum cases are treated
for corrosion resistance per MIL-C-5541E, anodized per
MIL-A-8625 or finished in black power coating.
For more information, visit trans-cal.com.
Founded in 2006, TrueNorth Avionics designs,
develops and manufactures satellite communications
solutions for business jets and avionics OEMs. The
company's Optelity family of cabin communications
systems delivers high-fidelity voice, fax, and Wi-Fi
solutions, enabling connectivity for mobile devices
and flight deck data. TrueNorth's Simphonē Pro
Systems support all satellite-based (L-band, Ka-
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