United Kingdom | December 2018 — STG Aerospace Gains FAA certification for the Airbus liTeMood. STG Aerospace announced this morning that it had received FAA certification for the Airbus liTeMood LED lighting solution for the A320 family. This follows on from the successful EASA certification received in August 2018.  The Airbus lighting solution received its certification from the FAA on 16 October 2018 for Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321 models.

Sean O’Kell, DOA Head of Design, STG Aerospace said: “It has been an incredible achievement for our team to get our liTeMood solution to this point,” The project has been supported by our engineering, supply chain, programme and certification teams, as well as EASA and the FAA, so a huge thank you to everyone involved.”

STG Aerospace Airbus liTeMood  is a dynamic and configurable full colour, plug-and-play, programmable retrofit lighting solution. It’s available for retrofit on single and twin aisle Airbus aircraft. The affordable plug-and-play system works with both classic and enhanced CIDS, installed in under 6 hours (A320) and requires no changes to aircraft wiring or control systems.

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Las Vegas, Nevada | October 11, 2017–Satcom Direct (SD), the business aviation connectivity provider, has signed an agreement with FlightSafety International, to offer its certified cabin crew training course, aeroCNCT, through the global training organization. The agreement confirms the course will be included in the FlightSafety International training program by the end of 2017, with first students expected to qualify in Q1 2018.

aeroCNCT is the industry’s only Crewmember Network and Connectivity Training certification which supports industry professionals working with, or responsible for, connectivity during flight.  Designed and developed with input from crew members the material uses real world experiences to give crew members the confidence to tackle problems relating to applications and connectivity on personal devices during flight. It also covers internet and connectivity familiarization, network basics, flight operation preparation, data management fundamentals, use of applications, and troubleshooting tips.

The two-day course will be delivered by qualified FlightSafety instructors, who are supported by the SD training team. The addition of the course to the curriculum strengthens, and expands, the existing relationship between SD and FlightSafety International, which already offers the certified SD aeroIT course, developed for IT, management and aviation networking professionals. The accredited course, available through FlightSafety International since the start of 2017, has qualified approximately 50 professionals.  Throughout 2018, both the aeroIT and aeroCNCT professional development courses will become available  at more FlightSafety Learning Centers.

In addition, the SD Cabin Communications course, a basic familiarization program that has been delivered at FlightSafety’s Savannah Learning Center for more than five years, will now be available at the organization’s Dallas and Farnborough facilities by the end of the year.

“Connectivity is an essential part of any flight as principals and customers always expect systems to work. aeroCNCT was designed to demystify the network and give cabin crew the skills, vocabulary and confidence to support passengers and principals while flying. The certified course adds value to any crew member’s résumé, and hence the industry, so we are delighted that it will now be available to an expanded audience via FlightSafety International,” says Mark Mata, director of training, SD.

“Further expanding the Satcom Direct Cabin Communications training we offer demonstrates FlightSafety’s commitment to work directly with industry experts to ensure the best possible training for our Customers who use these systems,” said Steve Gross, Senior Vice President, Commercial.

Candidates attending FlightSafety International can use the organization’s event-based credit system to access the course. Those who successfully complete the aeroCNCT exam, developed with CompTIA to maintain industry standards, will achieve a professional credential. The proctored exam can now be completed at select FlightSafety facilities as well as PearsonVUE testing centers worldwide, or at SD headquarters in Melbourne, Florida. The aeroCNCT certification is valid for three years, and can be renewed via online or classroom training, similar to other cabin crew certifications from SD and it’s training partners.

EASA-certified navigation data can also be used for drones and training

Raunheim, Germany | October 5, 2017– Lufthansa Systems today announced that it is expanding its portfolio of navigation solutions with Lido/SkyData. This solution consists of ARINC 424 data and includes navigation information such as airports, heliports, taxiways and runways, waypoints, navaids, airspaces and airways, and flight procedures. The data is updated every 28 days and is available both as a one-time purchase or by subscription. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the data production standards for Lido/SkyData with a Type 1 Letter of Acceptance (LoA).

“Lido/SkyData is a new data service for diverse aviation applications which goes beyond the conventional navigation solutions for airlines,” said Igor Dimnik, Director Strategy and Market Development Lido/Navigation at Lufthansa Systems. “After launching Lido/SurfaceData for avionics manufacturers – the winner of the German Mobility Award – we continue to pursue a strategy of expanding our navigation portfolio with an eye to the future and taking unmanned aircraft into account as well. This enables us to address new customer groups.”

Lido/SkyData contains all ARINC 424 data in an open format so that it can be used for a wide variety of applications, including software solutions for creating simulation environments in-flight simulators or navigation solutions for drones. The data can also be used with flight planning systems from any manufacturer. The open format ensures data compatibility, enabling the data to be tailored individually to the customer’s IT system and applications.

Lido/Navigation solutions are being used by more than 200 airlines and customers of all sizes and business models, including low-cost, network, cargo and charter airlines. Based on regular exchange with customers, Lufthansa Systems continuously optimizes its solutions and works on innovative products that expand its portfolio.

  • Next generation safety solution will be offered to airlines on popular A320 and A330 families
  • Landmark agreement positions SwiftBroadband-Safety as a Light Cockpit Satcom solution on single-aisle aircraft and reinforces Inmarsat’s leadership in cockpit safety communications
  • Opens up provisioning of Inmarsat’s digital aviation safety applications, including continual positional awareness for flight tracking and the ‘Black Box in the Cloud’

United Kingdom | June 30, 2016– Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, announced today that its SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) service has been selected by Airbus as a cockpit communications solution for the A320 and A330 aircraft families.

In a landmark agreement, SB-S will feature in the popular Airbus A320 single-aisle and A330 wide-body families. The advanced IP-based broadband communications platform will be available with equipment from Cobham’s AVIATOR S series, as selected by Airbus, to deliver next generation services for the global aviation industry.

SB-S will mark a paradigm shift in aviation safety and efficiency. Using Inmarsat’s global L-band satellite network, it delivers much faster data and voice communications due to its unprecedented speed and capacity, which are several orders of magnitude greater than cockpit communications systems in the market today.

These advanced capabilities will transform the quality and security of cockpit communication and information shared between pilots, air traffic controllers and airlines, with Inmarsat’s satellite technology also ensuring consistent, high-speed global coverage for SB-S.

Airlines around the world will also benefit from a myriad of new digital applications never before available, including continual positional awareness for flight tracking, flight data streaming (also known as ‘Black Box in the Cloud’), and electronic flight bag applications for pilots, such as graphical weather for improved situational awareness.

The selection of SB-S by Airbus reinforces Inmarsat’s status as the world’s leading provider of satellite safety services, serving around 95% of the world’s long-haul aircraft.

The inclusion of the A320 family will also position SB-S as an advanced Light Cockpit Satcom solution on single-aisle Airbus aircraft, marking an exciting new era for the aviation industry. The selection was possible as SB-S is delivered via advanced airborne equipment that addresses factors which have traditionally impacted demand in the single-aisle market, such as size, weight and cost. Around eight out of ten commercial aircraft in the world are single-aisle.

Captain Mary McMillan, Inmarsat Aviation’s Vice President, Safety and Operational Services, said: “We are delighted that Airbus has selected SwiftBroadband-Safety for its A320 and A330 aircraft families. This is testament to SwiftBroadband-Safety’s ability to deliver an always on, always secure cockpit solution for the digital age, with expanded connectivity and reliability.

“Inmarsat has been delivering critical safety information to the world’s airlines, private jet operators and government agencies for over two-and-a-half decades. In the past, these services were almost exclusively utilised by airlines travelling in areas not served by traditional radar, such as routes over the ocean or remote locations. However, with growing aircraft congestion and the need for increased data security, Inmarsat is engineering a new generation of satellite communication services to provide a wider range of benefits.

“SwiftBroadband-Safety will introduce unprecedented new capabilities, allowing airlines to significantly improve flight safety operations and provide a more efficient service to passengers. Airlines also benefit from continuous monitoring of aircraft performance and fuel usage.”

Inmarsat’s partner Cobham SATCOM has been selected by Airbus to provide the equipment that delivers SB-S service onboard the A320 and A330 aircraft families. The equipment, known as the AVIATOR 200S and 700S, will provide a seamless connection between the aircraft cockpit and Inmarsat’s extensive global satellite network. Under Cobham’s contract with Airbus, the equipment will be fitted onto the aircraft from 2018.

Kim Gram, Vice President of Aero Satcom at Cobham Satcom, said: “Inmarsat has made an immense contribution in the forward progression of our industry, from the development of the original idea of smaller and lighter satcom hardware, continuing its influential work in industry standardization groups, to the ultimate deployment of services on its global satellite network.”

United Kingdom | January 20, 2016– Following certification by the FAA and EASA, operators of Airbus A320 Family aircraft are now able to upgrade the emergency floor path marking to the latest version of STG Aerospace’s market-leading saf-Tglo® photoluminescent system, SuperSeal UltraLite (SSUL).

First launched in 1995 and with continuous evolutions ever since, saf-Tglo® stores and simultaneously emits light and marks the way to the emergency exits after a short charging period. Requiring no power source, saf-Tglo® is a low cost, maintenance free solution for emergency floor path lighting and features a unique fully-sealed design that eliminates fluid ingress and can reduce maintenance costs by up to 80% compared to other systems. Now installed on over 10,000 aircraft operating for over 300 airlines worldwide, saf-Tglo® is the market leading photoluminescent floor path marking system.

The latest generation SSUL incorporates all the fundamental design features of earlier saf-Tglo® designs and is 70% lighter and 17% brighter, helping to reduce airline fuel costs and making it the highest performing system of its kind. Already specified as line fit by numerous aircraft manufacturers and retrofitted on many aircraft in the aftermarket, SSUL is already installed and flying on A320 aircraft.

Featuring a reduced depth profile to suit modern light weight carpets, SSUL is the narrowest, lightest and most discrete floor path marking solution available and is manufactured in one-piece lengths that can be easily cut to fit and sealed during installation. In addition, carpet edges can be concealed with the OverCarpet™ housing option with a hinged-wing design that removes the need for carpet binding, saving further cost.

Marcus Williams, Global Sales and Marketing Director for STG Aerospace, commented: “SSUL builds on the outstanding success of our saf-Tglo® product range. Securing EASA and FAA approval for the successful Airbus A320 Family now allows operators of these aircraft to install the latest next-generation emergency exit lighting solution helping to save significant costs, both operational and maintenance, compared with electrical systems.”

The A320, the first Airbus single-aisle aircraft, was launched in March 1984 with the first deliveries in March 1988. The A320 Family was soon extended to include the A321, the A319 and the A318. Continuing to set industry standards for comfort and operating economy on short to medium-haul routes, the A320 pioneered the use of digital fly-by-wire flight control systems, as well as side-stick controls, in commercial aircraft. There are currently over 6000 Airbus A320 Family aircraft in service with some 5000+ further aircraft on firm order.

Find out more about saf-Tglo® by visiting www.stgaerospace.com/saftglo

United Kingdom | January 11, 2016– STG Aerospace, the pioneering aircraft cabin lighting company, is delighted to announce that Icelandair has selected its next generation saf-Tglo® SuperSeal UltraLite® (SSUL) photoluminescent floorpath lighting for its 767 aircraft, becoming the first 767 operator for this newly certified system.

A long-standing customer of STG Aerospace, Icelandair is already in the process of upgrading its 757 fleet from saf-Tglo® SuperSeal Lite® (SSL) to the new SSUL version. Highly regarded for its outstanding performance on a growing network of transatlantic routes, Icelandair has also signed a commitment to purchase 12 737MAX aircraft which Boeing will deliver factory-fitted with SSUL in 2018. This decision to ensure commonality across its fleet both now and into the future is a clear sign of Icelandair’s confidence in STG Aerospace’s ability to deliver both innovation and reliability in lighting its aircraft’s cabins.

saf-Tglo®, first introduced by STG Aerospace in 1995, is installed on 10,000 aircraft worldwide and is the system of choice for 300+ global airlines. SSUL, is the highest performing photoluminescent floorpath marking system available, is 17% brighter than its SSL predecessor and 70% lighter, helping to reduce airline fuel costs even further. With its one-piece design, it can be quickly cut to length and sealed during installation, a process that can be easily carried out by an airline’s own engineering team.

SSUL’s reduced profile makes it an optimal match for modern light weight carpets and with over 300 colour options and a unique carpet pattern matching service available, enables airlines to achieve not only a pleasing aesthetic but one that co-ordinates with their corporate branding without reducing safety. In addition, carpet edges can be concealed with the OverCarpet™ polycarbonate housing option that features a hinged-wing design and removes the need for carpet binding, reducing costs and enhancing the appearance of the cabin.

Thordur Sigfusson, Icelandair’s CVE Structures and Interior & Program Manager, commented:
“After working with STG Aerospace for some 13 years, we have come to appreciate not only the high reliability and low maintenance cost of their lighting systems but also the innovation they bring to their product development. So, having made the decision to introduce two Boeing 767s to complement our fleet of 757s, it was an obvious choice to equip them with the latest saf-Tglo® version, SSUL”.

Marcus Williams, STG Aerospace’s Global Sales and Marketing Director, added:
“We’re delighted that Icelandair, an airline with which we have an excellent, long-standing relationship, will be our launch customer for SuperSeal UltraLite® on the 767 platform, adding to their current retrofitting of the 757 fleet. Their decision is a validation of their trust in saf-Tglo® and further evidence that our ongoing programme of product development is truly meeting customer needs.”