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Trying to get a phone number to send a message to a pilot flying on the Gulfstream. The company we use for flight planning is Universal.
Anyone have a number?

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It may be a little late, but I'd start with 866-733 8326 - that's the number for Universal's Red Team. If they can't do it for you they can at lease point you in the right direction.

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Wow, now I can send all my G friends text messages in flight!
 

PMVULB AvMgr

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English said:
Wow, now I can send all my G friends text messages in flight!

Actually, many companies are switching over to ArincDirect, so you will not be able to send messages to them via GDC. Besides, you need a username and password to get in with GDC.
 

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PMVULB AvMgr said:
Actually, many companies are switching over to ArincDirect, so you will not be able to send messages to them via GDC. Besides, you need a username and password to get in with GDC.

...and then they are switching back again to Honeywell because with Arinc Honeywell still wants their cut. makes arinc pointless.:)
 

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semperfido said:
...and then they are switching back again to Honeywell because with Arinc Honeywell still wants their cut. makes arinc pointless.:)

Can you explain this issue a liitle better?
 

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If you have a G550/450/350 or any Falcon EZ cockpit series you CAN NOT switch to Arinc Direct.

"As many of you are aware, Honeywell's Global Data Center business is
shrinking because of the ongoing migration of Customers to ARINC Direct.
In an attempt to reverse this trend, Honeywell has chosen to deliver its
new Primus Epic system with two modifications that are not included in the
commercial aviation version. Specifically:


- if the aircraft personality module is utilized to change the
Agency Code to anything other than "GS", the code utilized by
Honeywell's GDC, it disables the VHF and Satellite
communication systems.


- the ability to tune your aircraft to ARINC frequencies has
been disabled, forcing all communications over SITA.


Both of these tactics are contrary to the accepted AEEC industry standards
(specifications 618 and 758) for such avionics, and you the Customer will
no longer have a choice of datalink Service Provider, you will be forced to
use Honeywell GDC or forego the services altogether.


This issue affects all new Epic cockpits including the Gulfstream Planeview
avionics in the G450 and G550 aircraft and the new Dassault Falcon Jet EASy
cockpit in the 2000EX, 7X and the 900EX.


Honeywell can make changes to its personality module that will allow use of
the ARINC "XA" agency and provide you with a choice of service provider.
It has offered to license these changes to ARINC for an up front payment of
$500,000 per airframe platform PLUS an annual cost of $6,750.00 per
aircraft. These terms are not commercially reasonable nor a viable option
for ARINC.


ARINC has no leverage to change Honeywell's tactics, but you, the Customer,
do. If you tell your Honeywell hardware representative and your airframe
manufacturer that the lack of choice this will impact your future buying
decisions, it may be enough pressure on Honeywell to make it abandon the
strong-arm tactics.


Please write and call often. The greater the pressure, the greater the
probability of achieving the desired outcome - your preservation of choice."

Courtsey of TC
 

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that's the doc i was looking for...i suppose i deleted it after reading it. forgot the finer points. thanks.
 

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Yeah, we "voluntarily" switched back to GDC. Kind of like POW's "voluntarily" returning to the prision camp after escaping... :D ;) TC

G4G5--Hope everything's going ok. Fido's keeping me out of trouble here. :p
 

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Thanks to all of you for the info. Kinda sorry state of affairs to say the least.
 
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