Banyan Delivers First Aviator 200 to South America
Earlier this month a BeechJet 400A left Fort Lauderdale’s Banyan Air Service for Argentina outfitted with the Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 Swift Broadband system. “About half our customer base is in South America, and that market is about to explode,” Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics, told AIN. The Aviator 200 allows pilots and passengers to use personal PDA devices such as the BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad to access email, Internet browsing, smartphone connectivity and voice communications, said Wilson. He also detailed three other major benefits. “For most airframes the cost of installation will be less than $100,000; other systems start at $250,000. Another major benefit is that the installation can be done in as little as seven working days compared to the three weeks required for other systems,” he said. Finally, the equipment’s weight of only 17 pounds and the exceptionally small size of the low-gain antenna allow it to be used on all business aircraft. “We’ve installed the system on a Piaggio Avanti. You no longer need a large airframe to support the antenna,” he said.