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09 Sep 14. Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has entered into a conditional letter of agreement with Bombardier to develop a Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ avionics upgrade for Bombardier*’s Challenger 604* aircraft. The upgrade will be designed to enhance pilot to air traffic control communications and allow easy access to dedicated and shorter route FANS 1/A+ to North Atlantic Tracks. Marshall will be responsible for designing the FANS 1/A+ upgrade for Bombardier and completing a trial installation for early 2015. The solution, which will then be available as a Bombardier Service Bulletin, is the first FANS 1/A+ avionics upgrade offered by Bombardier for the Challenger 604 on the market and will consist of entirely commercially available equipment. FANS 1/A+ was developed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as one of a number of technologies behind next generation Air Traffic Management (ATM). It allows for the better handling of higher volumes of air traffic, and FANS-equipped aircraft enable operators to gain maximum revenue from their operations. The Bombardier upgrade will be compliant with all current variations of FANS 1/A+ (as defined by ICAO) and could provide customers with savings on time and fuel burn by providing access to the most efficient navigation routes.
Andy Nureddin, Vice President, Customer Services and Support, of Bombardier Business Aircraft, comments: “We are pleased to be working with Marshall on this project. Marshall has completed over 1,500 upgrades, on both military and commercial platforms, and has the knowledge, skills and experience to be able to deliver.” Steve Fitz-Gerald, CEO of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, adds. “To work with Bombardier on this project is exciting for us, as we continue to work closely together to develop innovative engineering solutions.” There are currently 361 Challenger 604 aircraft in service and this solution will be of great benefit to existing operators and owners.
10 Sep 14. Cobham SATCOM is launching the latest innovation in its highly-regarded EXPLORER satellite terminal range at IBC 2014. Featuring a unique new, compact design and focus on wireless connectivity, the new ultra-portable EXPLORER 510 BGAN terminal is set to be a game changer for professionals who demand reliable and easy-to-use satellite communications when operating in the field. At 197mm x 197mm x 40mm, EXPLORER 510 is smaller than a standard laptop and weighs less than 1.4 kg. The compact, contemporary design and low weight makes it an ideal tool for field communication on its own, or as a companion alongside the EXPLORER 710, which delivers on-demand streaming rates at 650 kbps. EXPLORER 510 offers reliable performance globally for simultaneous high quality voice and broadband access at speeds up to 464 kbps, so it provides the flexibility and bandwidth needed for journalists and producers to communicate effectively. Cobham SATCOM’s in-house development team has focused on wireless connectivity, with WLAN as the primary interface on EXPLORER 510. To fully embrace this, Cobham has developed a whole new way of connecting to and operating EXPLORER 510, via the innovative EXPLORER Connect App. With the EXPLORER Connect App users can use their own smart devices (and contacts) to make calls or easily access the internet. The EXPLORER Connect App with a SIP softphone is available for Android and IOS. Inclusion of a USB host in EXPLORER 510 ensures users can choose their preferred wired interface also. EXPLORER 510 draws from the established EXPLORER legacy, offering the same high-quality materials and manufacturing, but featuring a whole new design direction for this leading series of satellite terminals. The durable magnesium casing and a dust and water resistant design make the EXPLORER 510 the perfect choice when workin