ASECNA Selects Frequentis

ASECNA, the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar, has selected Frequentis’ AMHS to improve message handling in eight African countries. Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau will benefit from an advanced upgrade of their existing legacy AFTN (aeronautical fixed telecom network) messaging service with a fully integrated messaging technology, which allows the harmonized operation of all messaging services in one application.

In this project, ASECNA takes over the central procurement of the AMHS infrastructure for its member countries, including the delivery of eight complete and independent systems. “We are pleased to be adding ASECNA to our list of AMHS references, bringing state-of-the-art airspace communications to the African region. This important infrastructure contract confirms the market leadership of the Frequentis Group in this field,” says Frequentis CEO Norbert Haslacher.

AMHS systems from Frequentis are already in operation in about 90 countries worldwide. The relevant know-how is bundled in the Frequentis Comsoft subsidiary based in Karlsruhe, Germany. Frequentis Comsoft says they have the most integrated and mature AFTN/AMHS solution currently available on the market. With theAMHS system, air messages are transmitted and processed based on the standard for air-ground-ground communication of the International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO (part of the United Nations). These “Notices-to-Airmen” (NOTAMs) contain, for example, flight plans or meteorological data.

Kontron’s ACE FLIGHT 2780 Auxiliary Modem Unit Brings Improved Satellite Connectivity to the Airlines

In December, Kontron announced the addition of the ACE Flight 2780 Auxiliary Modem Unit to Kontron’s best-in-class and highly reliable ACE Flight product line.
 
The Auxiliary Modem Unit (AMU) is based on a new evolution of the ARINC 791 and 792 Ku/Ka Band Satellite Communication System standard, which is planned for approval in early 2021. The AMU provides commercial and business aviation customers with the ability to experience global connectivity coverage and cost optimized network service in a very small 2MCU form factor. The AMU standard allows scaling from a single modem connectivity solution up to a multi-modem system, which enables roaming between multiple global networks.
 
The ACE Flight 2780 AMU extends the portfolio of In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFE&C) solutions and is available now with an integrated SATCOM modem card which supports high throughput aircraft connectivity to many networks around the world. Additional modem card types are planned in upcoming variants of the Kontron AMU product. The ACE Flight 2780 AMU initial release supports AC aircraft input power and FAA PMA approval for this version is expected in February 2021. Other configurations are planned, including a 28V DC aircraft input power version to support business and regional jet requirements.
 
“We are excited to be first-to-market with our 2MCU ACE Flight 2780 AMU which provides the aviation industry with the smallest form factor auxiliary modem solution.”, says RJ McLaren, Avionics System product manager for Kontron. “We have extensive experience in packaging SATCOM modems from different suppliers into compact ruggedized systems for all types of mobile airborne platforms – from commercial airliners to business jets to helicopters to UAVs.”
 
Kontron has been involved with the ARINC subcommittee working group in the development of the AMU standard. The company believes using an open architecture, standards-based approach means that AMU system configurations will have a long lifetime and can be adapted as new modem technologies become available.

Turkish Technic Offers Connectivity Upgrade with its New Server and WAP Products

Turkish Technic has completed the design, production and certification process of its new server and wireless access point (WAP) products, the backbone of in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems. The company says this also marks a new milestone of in-house production in aviation sector for Turkish Technic following the production of its aviation seats and galley. Turkish Technic’s new server and WAP surpass the competition with the features such as easy integration with various software applications and providing flexibility in determining equipment configuration according to current system requirements.

Providing the option of storing media (movies, videos, newspapers, magazines etc.), internet access and sharing the content with the passengers abroad the aircraft, servers act as a media source to transform air travel into a fun experience. Developed and produced by Turkish Technic, the products are customized according to the market needs and equipped with new features. Both the server and WAP are a step up from the IFE & Connectivity market competition. The new server provides 6 TB of data storage, which is 3 times more than its counterparts. The WAP has 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz dual band radio.

“During these challenging times that affect aviation and the whole world, our commitment to improve our software and hardware capabilities continues,” stated Ahmet Karaman, general manager of Turkish Technic. “Being a leading MRO company in the world, we work to improve our service quality as well as the product range. With an aim to provide best connectivity products in the market, our team continues to bring their best efforts forward to achieve that goal. After developing and producing our aircraft galley and seats, we now add our servers and WAP products to the list. We would not be able to do all this without the passion and commitment of our people. I thank them for their tireless efforts and cooperation.”

Developed by the engineers at Turkish Technic, the server and WAP are designed to meet all advanced communication needs of its customers. With their full function tests and trials in extreme conditions complete, the server and WAP are approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Turkish Technic Offers Connectivity Upgrade with its New Server and WAP Products

Turkish Technic has completed the design, production and certification process of its new server and wireless access point (WAP) products, the backbone of in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems. This also marks a new milestone of in-house production in aviation sector for Turkish Technic following the production of its aviation seats and galley. Turkish Technic’s new server and WAP surpass the competition with the features such as easy integration with various software applications and providing flexibility in determining equipment configuration according to current system requirements.

Providing the option of storing media (movies, videos, newspapers, magazines etc.), internet access and sharing the content with the passengers abroad the aircraft, servers act as a media source to transform air travel into a fun experience. Developed and produced by Turkish Technic, the products are customized according to the market needs and equipped with new features. Both the server and WAP are a step up from the IFE & Connectivity market competition. The new server provides 6 TB of data storage, which is 3 times bigger than its counterparts. The WAP has 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz dual band radio.

“During these challenging times that affect aviation and the whole world, our commitment to improve our software and hardware capabilities continues. Being a leading MRO company in the world, we work to improve our service quality as well as the product range,” said Ahmet Karaman, general manager of Turkish Technic. “With an aim to provide best connectivity products in the market, our team continues to bring their best efforts forward to achieve that goal. After developing and producing our aircraft galley and seats, we now add our servers and WAP products to the list. We would not be able to do all this without the passion and commitment of our people. I thank them for their tireless efforts and cooperation.”

Developed by the skilled and dedicated experts and engineers at Turkish Technic, the server and WAP are designed to meet all advanced communication needs of its customers. With their full function tests and trials in extreme conditions complete, the server and WAP are approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Aerospace Tech Week Helps fill the gap

Aerospace Tech Week 2021 helps fill the gap

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: AEROSPACE TECH WEEK 2021 dates MOVE to 23rd-24th June 2021 to fill the gap after the 2021 PARIS AIR SHOW is cancelled.  

Unfortunately, there will be no Paris Air Show to look forward to in 2021, due to the pandemic, but the niche Toulouse based event, AEROSPACE TECH WEEK, is still planning to go ahead but NOW moving dates from 26th-27th May to 23rd-24th June 2021 in order to plug the gap.

Moving AEROSPACE TECH WEEK forward a month gives valuable extra time for the vaccines to be rolled out across the world, and the organisers also believe that by 23rd-24th June 2021 there should be a greater chance for increased air travel to resume, although the organisers still have alternative back up dates in November 2021, just in case.

The move to the cancelled 2021 Paris Air Show dates will enable the aerospace industry to continue with some of its scheduled JUNE event activity and announcements. The industry also desperately needs an in person (face to face) event to help start the recovery and therefore AEROSPACE TECH WEEK is likely to be one of the first major aerospace events to take place in over 18 months.

Whilst AEROSPACE TECH WEEK might not have the flying displays that the Paris Air Show has it does deliver on vital B2B networking opportunities for the civil aviation, aerospace and defence sectors, via its six main events under one roof covering; Avionics, Connectivity, Flight Ops IT, MRO IT, Testing and FACE.  

AEROSPACE TECH WEEK is fast becoming established as the “go to” event for airlines, OEMs, MROs and aerospace and defence suppliers as it alternates between the large aerospace regional clusters of Munich and Toulouse, with AIRBUS being its platinum sponsor.

AEROSPACE TECH REVIEW magazine and AEROSPACE TECH WEEK are in an ideal position to help aid with the industry recovery and to move it forward.

For more details on the Exhibition Halls, 6x ConferencesCertified Training, Workshops and the networking receptions please visit: www.AerospaceTechWeek.com

The show registration opens in January 2021 but if you are intersted in seeing how they can FILL THE GAP in your 2021 trade show plans please contact Adrian Broadbent

Boeing Digital Services to Optimize Planning and Operations for Frontier Airlines Through New 10-year Agreement

Boeing announced a new 10-year agreement with North American carrier Frontier Airlines to implement a range of crew, flight-planning and operations tools to enhance efficiency for the airline.

These digital solutions from Boeing’s Jeppesen product range provide fleet-wide cost savings across regional and international routes, enhance airline crew-planning processes and increase operational reliability.

“We are fully confident that these robust Jeppesen flight-planning and operational tools will bring tremendous benefit to Frontier’s operations from day one following implementation,” said Brad Lambert, vice president of Flight Operations for Frontier Airlines. “From maintenance and operational planning to day-of and irregular operations, the Jeppesen automation and crew-management tools will complement our low-cost business model while contributing to our system reliability and efficiency.”

In addition to its digital navigation and charting services from Boeing, Frontier Airlines will use a new Jeppesen digital solutions suite that provides day-of-operations decision-support tools, including:

  • Flight-planning and scheduling services to enhance flight operations and enable on-time departures and efficient routing
  • Crew management, tail assignment and operations-control tools that optimize schedules and aircraft utilization in the short- and long-term planning horizon, including day-of-operation issue detection and schedule recovery to minimize issues due to unexpected events

“As commercial aviation emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, Frontier Airlines is poised to continue its exceptional growth, utilizing Boeing’s analytics-powered tools to maximize performance and reduce costs during this critical moment for our industry,” said Ted Colbert, president and CEO of Boeing Global Services. “This is a great example of our partnership with customers like Frontier to turn Boeing’s unparalleled digital expertise into operational bottom-line advantages.”

Satcom Direct Invests in Advanced SD Hardware Manufacturing Facility

Satcom Direct (SD) has added a new Canadian state-of-the-art production campus to its global footprint in Ottawa, Ontario. The decision to develop the purpose-built engineering and production facility was driven by the industry shift towards the digitization of aviation and the need to innovate hardware that provides robust connectivity to support communications and the practical applications of multi-faceted data generated by aircraft. 

The world-class engineering laboratories, thermal and electromagnetic chambers, and production workshops are also equipped to produce and repair in-service hardware, including the high-tech SDR Series of cabin routers. The expanded footprint supports SD’s continued strategy of originating products and services specifically designed and evolved for the business and government aviation sectors.“Our investment reflects SD’s commitment to supporting pioneering product development, technical expertise, and quality manufacturing processes,” says SD Ottawa General Manager Joanne Walker. To this end the new facility has already achieved AS9100 certification confirming the high-quality standards of its design, process and manufacturing capabilities.

SD currently provides business and government aircraft with more cabin routers, along with datalink units and handsets, than any other supplier around the globe. The new facility has been designed to meet and exceed growing demands and expectations of existing and future customers by setting new industry-wide hardware and manufacturing standards. The Ottawa-based SD team is also responsible for the ongoing development, and subsequent manufacturing of the SD Plane Simple antenna terminal systems, in partnership with Germany-based QEST, Quantenelektronische Systeme. 

The companies say the collaboration is bringing to market a revolutionary antenna series including a Ku-band and Ka-band dual variant tail-mounted antenna, an electronically steered, fuselage mounted phased-array antenna and a Certus hardware solution to support the global Iridium NEXT network. The advanced range of antennas will provide a wider choice of flexible connectivity solutions for all sizes of aircraft from light to heavy jets around the globe.

The campus is located on Canada’s largest technology park, Kanata North, which has a long history of developing products for the communications industry. “Moving to this outstanding technology hub locates us amongst like-minded companies and will have the added benefit of attracting the right type of qualified professionals to work with us which is essential for continued success. The investment in the infrastructure and people ensures we continue delivering powerful solutions to enhance aviation operations globally,” adds Jim Jensen, SD CEO & Founder.

The announcement follows hard-on-the-heels of news about the upgrade of SD’s NOC at its global headquarters in Melbourne, FL., and further confirms SD’s ambition to transform business aviation connectivity by delivering an ecosystem integrating avionics, software, ground infrastructure and powerful cybersecurity services with award winning customer support. 

Hexagon’s “RTK From the Sky” Brings Instant GNSS Accuracy Worldwide

Research from Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division has resulted in breakthrough innovations in precise point positioning (PPP) that enable nearly instant global centimeter-level accuracy. These developments pave the way to bring “RTK From the Sky” performance to worldwide users through correction service products and GNSS receivers from Hexagon. 

“RTK From the Sky” technology provides the quick accuracy of an RTK solution with the high accessibility and availability of PPP. Users will no longer have geographic or regional infrastructure restrictions – they will be free to operate anywhere around the world with the same premium level of positioning performance. “RTK From the Sky” technology removes the traditional PPP barrier of long convergence times as well as internet and radio communication limitations, delivering instantaneous convergence anywhere in the world. This breakthrough establishes the foundation for assured positioning with no downtime in marine, agriculture, and autonomous applications. 

According to the company, to achieve these results, there must be attention to detail throughout the entire positioning ecosystem: “no errors conveniently cancelled and no errors ignored. All errors are carefully estimated and removed from the final GNSS position faster and more reliably than ever before. This end-to-end fine-tuning of measurement quality and error mitigation establishes the foundation for “RTK From the Sky” performance.” Hexagon says that no matter the location or application, users will be able to rely upon the highest availability and accuracy of corrections anywhere in the world, without the convergence time.

“In 2020, PPP has become RTK – without the mobility limitations,” said Sandy Kennedy, VP of Innovation at Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division. “‘RTK From the Sky’ has been a very satisfying development. To see this kind of positioning performance available anywhere in the world is the realization of the next step of innovation for GNSS.”

Nokia Selected for EU Aviation Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Research

Nokia, alongside Honeywell as consortium lead, has been selected as part of Project FACT (Future All Aviation CNS Technology), a research and development program initiated under the SESAR 2020 program, managed by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking.

Nokia will provide 4G and 5G mission-critical infrastructure, consulting and services to Project FACT, which will research future deployment of a new, consistent technology platform for communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) services across air traffic management (ATM).

“Project FACT is an ambitious endeavor that seeks to increase safety, security, efficiency and resilience of future air traffic communications globally through development of an integrated, next-generation CNS architecture,” Mervyn Harris, head of Air Traffic Management, Nokia said. “As part of the SESAR ATM Master Plan, Project FACT seeks to maximize the benefits of high-bandwidth connectivity that can handle fast-growing data volumes while also preserving utmost safety standards. This consortium assembles outstanding levels of complementary skills and expertise, and Nokia is eager to apply its aviation domain experience and industry-specific technical insight.”

Petr Casek, lead R&D engineer, Honeywell International and Project FACT manager said: “This project brings the best of two worlds together and paves the way for future high availability and improvements in quality data and communication infrastructure.”

The FACT Project will deliver updates to existing CNS technologies, where it is anticipated that applications such as controller-pilot datalink communications, the method by which air traffic controllers communicate with pilots, can also be deployed over new and emerging high-bandwidth mobile broadband technologies. The project will also research potential integration of today’s conventional ATM systems with emerging U-Space services such as drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.

Nokia will be responsible for leading a feasibility study and test specification for the evolution of legacy CNS systems to a new integrated approach. Nokia laboratory trials are projected to take place in the summer of 2021, with field testing by June 2022.

Harris added, “With current mobile communications to the aircraft cockpit using limited bandwidth technology, there is a need to manage an effective transition to a more robust and scalable IP-based technology capable of handling high speeds with low latency. Project FACT has the potential to help transform CNS to meet this goal, with safety and legacy services migration support as high priorities.”

The project will enable digitalized operators to test 4G and 5G for use in aviation, supporting a common performance-based approach, and addressing the future fast-growing spectrum needs of airspace users.

Program FACT participants include Honeywell International as consortium lead, AOPA-Germany, Eskisehir Teknik Üniversitesi, EUROCONTROL, Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Nokia and Sarp Havacilik Lojistik Turizm Sanayi ve Tic A.S. The project is receiving funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

In November 2019, it was announced that Nokia will upgrade the entire ground-to-ground networking infrastructure for ENAV, transitioning its network to the new ENET-2 architecture. Nokia has also announced successful deployment of the Irish Aviation Authority’s next-generation air traffic control network at its new West Ireland disaster recovery center.

The SESAR Joint Undertaking coordinates and concentrates all EU research and development activities in ATM, pooling expertise to develop the new generation of ATM. The SESAR Joint Undertaking currently involves around 1,500 experts in Europe and beyond. This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 894616.

Aireon Expands Global Aviation Data Services

Aireon Expands Global Aviation Data Services

Aireon announced the launch of three new commercial data products: AireonFLOW, AireonINSIGHTS and AireonSTREAM. The company says these products aim to provide solutions to stakeholders in the aviation industry and beyond — significantly expanding the use cases of Aireon’s high-fidelity, Air Traffic Services (ATS) surveillance-grade data to a global audience.

The announcement marks the first time Aireon’s global dataset will be available beyond its traditional ATS surveillance enhancement application from Aireon directly, a move that will offer new solutions to the broader Air Traffic Management (ATM) industry and beyond.

“This is an exciting next step for Aireon in our mission to expand the implementation of single-source, high-fidelity data to a global audience,” says Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon. “Since the Aireon system went live in 2018, our space-based ADS-B air traffic surveillance data has provided the first-ever solution for surveillance of aircraft in real time, anywhere on earth. With our new commercial products, we can leverage that data to help provide innovative solutions to challenges in aviation, across air traffic flow management, aircraft operations and more.”

The company says each product leverages Aireon’s data and has its own use cases for customers, such as Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), aircraft and fleet operators, tracking systems, financial institutions, insurance companies and across the Air Traffic Management (ATM) industry as a whole.

“The development of a robust commercial data services platform represents a natural evolution for Aireon,” said Peter Cabooter, vice president of Customer Services, Aireon. “To this day, Aireon provides the only independently certified, surveillance-quality, aircraft position data with global coverage. With the launch of these new products, customers will gain not only full transparency into this data, but will be able to leverage it for their unique needs from a single platform — eliminating the need to manage multiple, disparate data sources.”

AireonFLOW provides ANSPs and Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) providers with the only single source of gate-to-gate, high-fidelity ATS surveillance data. When combined with flight and airspace contextual information, AireonFLOW is able to offer users enhanced prediction capabilities within and beyond a country’s Flight Information Region (FIR).

AireonSTREAM provides gate-to-gate, surface-to-space, high-fidelity ATS surveillance data, combined with flight and airspace contextual information including infrastructure, weather, avionics, aircraft registry and schedule data to enhance tracking, situational awareness and analytical tools. This combination provides the only ATS surveillance-quality and complete flight position source available. The AireonSTREAM interface enables customers across the ATM industry to access both derived and contextual data, and the flexibility to integrate it into their own platform.

AireonINSIGHTS provides users with a single-source feed of events and alerts for flights, including airport and airspace events, ongoing flight data, safety events, and location alerts to provide key performance indicators related to a flight’s operational safety and efficiency. Rather than having this data come from varied, disparate data sources, AireonINSIGHTS offers the user a single source of high-fidelity flight information that can alert users in real-time.

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