Rockwell Collins' $1.39 billion buy of Arinc from the Carlyle Group gives the avionics maker its own end-to-end ground-to-cockpit communications link, a connection that is fundamental to the FAA's NextGen air traffic management system. The deal, announced in August, was expected close quickly. While well known for its VHF aircraft communications addressing and reporting system (ACARS) for business jets and airliners, ARINC also is involved in many other transportation services including ...

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