NBAA, Las Vegas | November 16, 2015– Lufthansa Technik AG announces a High Definition (HD) video system upgrade for the Challenger 300* aircraft. The update is designed specifically to integrate with the current nice® system and existing Ethernet backbone. The HD upgrade requires limited wiring and hardware changes and provides support of the latest consumer interfaces and HD digital video streaming on the nice® network.

The enhanced HD package will increase the current video source selection from one standard definition DVD to three High Definition sources (Blu-ray, USB, and HDMI) with an Audio and Video on Demand (AVoD) fourth source coming free-of-charge in Q1 2016 (field loadable software will enable the AVoD function).

The upgrade is certified by a Bombardier Business Aircraft Service Bulletin and can be installed at any one of Bombardier’s wholly owned seven Service Centre facilities: Singapore, Amsterdam, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Tucson and Wichita. To have the upgrade installed at one of Bombardier’s diamond-award winning facilities, contact a Bombardier Regional Manager from the Customer Service Centre network.

The update was designed for easy installation and minimal downtime. Wiring changes are kept to a minimum and consists of the addition of the HDMI, USB and Ethernet ports. All wiring is contained within the LH Wardrobe Closet and removal of the Wardrobe is not required to facilitate the installation.

Technical features of the Challenger 300* aircraft nice® HD upgrade includes:

-Two 20″ HD Smart Displays with internal decoding for noise-free high resolution picture;
-Media Center Unit includes Blu-ray Player and AVoD server hardware;
-USB media port for media playback on the forward and aft displays;
-HDMI interface for consumer device connection to the forward
-Upgrade software compatible with industry standard audio and video formats (including, but not limited to, .mp4, .mov, .wmv);
-Software Update and advanced Color Graphical User Interface;
-AVoD server software (available Q1 2016) – allowing stored
content to be individually streamed and controlled on the network to the forward and aft displays.

June 16, 2009 – Annapolis, Maryland, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa—ARINC DirectSM and Rockwell Collins today announced the successful integration of their broadband solution for business jets—eXchangeTM with Service by SKYLinkSM—on a customer’s Bombardier Challenger 604 business jet.

eXchange with Service by SKYLink includes Rockwell Collins eXchange avionics, coupled with SKYLink Ku-band satellite service from ARINC Direct.

The Challenger 604 installation was performed at the ARINC Direct aircraft maintenance and integration facility in Colorado Springs (COS), using an STC developed under ARINC’s ODA (Organization Designation Authorization). This first-of-type STC was completed April 11, 2009, for ARINC customer Servicios Aéreos Denim, S.A. de C.V., based in Mexico.

This installation adds the Challenger 604 to the list of airframes with STCs available for eXchange/SKYLink service. ARINC Direct plans to make the Challenger STC available to qualified aircraft maintenance and integration facilities, along with the recently developed STC for the Cessna Citation X and the upcoming STC (in-progress) for the Boeing BBJ. Interested operators should contact their ARINC Direct Regional Sales Manager for more information by calling 1-866-321-6060.

eXchange with Service by SKYLink is a real-time, two-way satellite connectivity system providing true broadband speeds of up to 3.5Mbps to the aircraft. Operating on a Ku-band satellite constellation, SKYLink coverage begins when the system is turned on and continuously operates during taxi, takeoff, flight, and landing. It enables customers to access e-mail, corporate intranets (VPN) and the Internet, with options for global Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone service and videoconferencing. In addition, eXchange supports data connectivity for select Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, such as the RIM Blackberry models 8320 and 8820, allowing users to access e-mail and other data services.

The SKYLink Ku-band service is used on more than 95 corporate, personal, and government aircraft based in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The coverage area includes the continental United States, most of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, northern South America, Canada, the North Atlantic Ocean, and Europe. The addition of Caribbean coverage in 2008 and Pacific coverage in 2009 means today’s users of the SKYLink network can fly from Europe to North America, across the Caribbean, and on to Asia or Central and South America without losing access to important e-mail or Internet applications. Future expansion of the system into other regions in the world—including Asia, the Middle East, where business aircraft travel is rapidly expanding—is being explored by the SKYLink team.

Rockwell Collins operates one of the world’s largest avionics service networks, and sells and supports the eXchange hardware worldwide. ARINC is the world’s leading provider of aeronautical satellite services and supports eXchange customers through its established SKYLink satellite network.

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications and information management, and simulation and training is strengthened by 20,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit

ARINC Incorporated, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial, defense and government customers worldwide. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with regional headquarters in London and Singapore, ARINC is ISO 9001 certified.