ARINC Direct brings Xplore - its global connectivity offering to EBACE

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Coinciding with its 10th anniversary, ARINC Direct returns to the European Business Aviation Convention (May 20-23rd) to showcase its pre-production version of ARINC Direct Xplore.  (Stand 1200).  ARINC Direct Xplore is now entering its final stages of testing before certification and full production, on track for customer sales by summer 2013.  It will be taking pre-orders at EBACE.

Newly named Xplore is ARINC Direct's cost-effective and reliable communications service which offers four distinct capabilities in one portable device - complete ACARS messaging, utilizing an iPad application as the user interface, high quality voice service,  a messaging platform for SMS and Instant Messaging and Blackberry email services.

"The system is so flexible and easy to use we are looking at a wider range of applications than just business jets for its use," said ARINC Director James Hardie.   Xplore will suit helicopter operations, especially those operating offshore and also  turboprop aircraft operators (commercial and business aviation) flying in remote locations.   Regions such as Africa and Australia are key target markets.   It will suit military platforms too, he said.

Using the Iridium or Inmarsat Satellite networks, ARINC Direct Xplore enables global connectivity through a simple, seamless user experience for both pilots and passengers.  For existing ARINC Direct customers, the ACARS messaging functionality is completely interoperable with their ARINC Direct account.  The unit will also be completely integrated with the hugely successful ARINC Direct App and the ADConnect VoIP App.

For a decade now ARINC Direct has pioneered a suite of capabilities and solutions which simplify aviation information access for everyone.  Among their expertise is flight planning and flight following; Safety management tools; contract fuel services; international trip support and datalink; aircraft internet connectivity solutions.   With a diverse customer base of over 2,900 business jets and other VIP aircraft operating worldwide, ARINC Direct is well placed to support the next decade of business aviation growth.  In the EMEA region alone the number of tails supported by ARINC Direct increased by 20% in the last year.

ARINC Direct is also continuing with its mission toward the paperless cockpit.  Building on its popular inflight pilot iPad App it has further developed synchronization of data between two or more iPads in the cockpit using Bluetooth and have added real time Cloud synchronisation of data.   It is committed to continuous improvement of its iPad application, and enhancing the mobile aviation experience.   Aviation authorities too are supporting efforts to reduce paper in the cockpit, so ARINC operators are seizing the opportunity to demonstrate the value of the initiative.

The iPad App is complemented by advances in SwiftBroadband, which has opened up access to information which previously could only partially be realized from onboard aircraft avionics. "If pilots are equipped with SwiftBroadband and they use the iPad App, then they are benefitting from a dynamic aviation information platform which surpasses traditional methods of getting in flight data," said Hardie.

ARINC Incorporated, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial and government customers worldwide. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with regional headquarters in London and Singapore, ARINC is ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Rev C certified. For more information, visit the website;

 www.arinc.com

ARINC Direct's James Hardie and Senior Director Bob Richard look forward to meeting you on their Stand 1200.

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