Arinc Adds SkyLink/eXchange Connection to BBJ
Arinc last month completed the first integration and testing of an eXchange/SkyLink broadband Internet system aboard a Boeing Business Jet. The installation combined Rockwell Collins’s eXchange satellite broadband avionics with Arinc’s SkyLink Ku-band satellite service. The setup supports UMA (unlicensed mobile access) voice calling, access to e-mail and corporate intranet (VPN), the Internet, voice over IP (VoIP) global calling and videoconferencing. The system also includes a terminal wireless Lan unit that can act as a bridge from the cabin Lan to ground-based public and private networks, enabling 802.11a/b/g data transfers when a ground-based 802.11a/b/g network is within range. In flight, the system features seamless handoffs between SkyLink’s Ku-band satellite service and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service. The SkyLink service offers connection speeds as high as 3.5 megabits per second. Arinc recently expanded the SkyLink network footprint, which now includes substantial coverage of Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Central America, parts of South America and the North Atlantic and Pacific flight tracks.