The Changing Value of Travel: Why the journey itself may be more important than speed - As the comedian Louis C.K. pointed out one night on ‘The Late Show,’ a trip across the United States used to take the best part of a year and might cost you your life. Now it can be done in a few hours in comfort and great safety. Great advances in aviation transport have lowered…
Worth the Wait — FAA’s New EFVS Rule FAR 91.176 - The FAA has released the long-awaited Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) rule FAR 91.176 that will bring numerous benefits to aviation. More specifically, the rule will expand applicability of EFVS for business aircraft owners and operators and introduce, for the first time, similar benefits to the air transport industry.  Up until now, other than by…
ADS-B Equipage in Australia – Not “If” but “When” - If you currently fly in or plan to fly in Australian airspace, some recent changes to ADS-B Out mandate enforcement dates may impact you. If you don’t have ADS-B Out now, your compliance date may vary, but you’ll eventually need to equip to fly Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in Australian airspace.  On November 22nd, The…
ADS-B Out upgrades: Think beyond the mandate - Like thousands of other operators, you are probably looking at ADS-B Out upgrade options for your aircraft.  With ADS-B Out mandates just three short years away, the clock is ticking to get your aircraft compliant.  While you need to get moving to meet the mandate, don’t rush so fast that you’ll overlook some important details.…
Is it really a business jet if it has no internet connection? - When traveling abroad, understanding a few basic foreign language phrases can go a long way in making it a better experience, versus not having any at all. The same goes for internet in a business jet – even having a little bit of connectivity makes it a better experience, compared to not having it at…
Connectivity: Point of no return - From visual signaling to the globally connected passenger, pilot and plane Flying in the old days was a heroic adventure for the aircraft, pilot and passengers. From visual signaling, megaphone and long days in route, no one would dare then to dream about easy air-to-ground communication, up-linking flight plans, aircraft tracking, cabin entertainment systems or…
Alphabet soup for pilots: FANS 1/A+ CPDLC and ADS-C - There’s a lot of talk lately about FANS 1/A+ CPDLC and ADS-C, but what does it really mean to operators? What is truly the value? FANS 1/A, or Future Air Navigation Systems, is the suite of avionics upgrades that implement Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) and Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC).  When position reporting is…
Flying to the 2016 Summer Games - First and foremost, Landing permits As we inch closer to the long awaited Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, deadlines for necessary arrangements are approaching to ensure fluid travel into the lively city. While all destinations require a certain amount of pre-planning, Brazil’s unique systems require a bit of additional attention. While landing in Brazil…
Experiencing Bombardier’s C Series CS100 firsthand - Bombardier’s C Series CS100 was delivered to its launch customer, SWISS, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.   I had the distinct pleasure of representing Rockwell Collins as one of the passengers on the maiden demonstration flight around the Montreal area.   This delivery celebration included senior executives from Bombardier, SWISS, key suppliers and the Canadian government.…
A big step toward NextGen: DCL in the U.S. - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun the deployment of its Data Link Departure Clearance (DCL). This service will be available at 56 major airports in the U.S. by the end of 2016. This is the first step towards nationwide enroute CPDLC coverage. DCL enables your departure clearance to be delivered and responded to via…
EBACE 2016 Report: Four Questions About High-Speed Connectivity - High speed airborne connectivity is all the buzz within the business aviation industry, and EBACE was no different. In our latest post to our Aviation Week Special Topics Page, Dave Poltorak, vice president and general manager in our information management services business, talks about two questions he heard about Ka-band connectivity, and two more that…
Internet Access—an investment must for your business aircraft - Lots of things are really important when flying an aircraft—aerodynamics, engines, cockpit avionics—but when you consider that those are expected requirements from passengers, you start to differentiate that experience. And today, it’s seamless, reliable internet access that is changing the game and increasing operator satisfaction. The famous psychologist Frederick Herzberg, one of the most influential names in…
Getting buried by complexity? - Today’s pilots have a lot to think about. Mandates, upgrades, maintenance, checks, keeping passengers happy, staying competitive, staying alert—there’s a lot. With today’s modern avionics systems, operators have increased flexibility to display more information than ever before. So, how does one keep track of all this information without getting buried in complexity? This is answered…
4 things you need to know before traveling to Cuba - You’ve no doubt seen the recent headlines of U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. Not surprisingly, the interest in traveling to this beautiful island has drastically increased as well. While the process of traveling there by corporate or private aircraft may have been streamlined, the criteria to go remain unchanged. If you’re a…
What do March Madness and flying have in common? - Without a doubt, March Madness more than lived up to its name during the 2016 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Did you predict Villanova to sweep the NCAA tournament? The craziness reached new heights during the first round of this year’s tournament as upsets were not only abundant, but incredibly major. Looking back to 2012, when…