Iridium OpenPort-Aero Now Available for Bizav
JetBlue’s LiveTV has selected Greenwich AeroGroup to distribute its OpenPort-Aero broadband satcom system, which runs on the Iridium network. Greenwich AeroGroup and its Atlantic Aero, Western Aircraft and Summit Aviation facilities will sell, install and support the systems, as will other Greenwich-approved service providers. The first installation should begin in the third quarter, leading to STCs for a variety of aircraft, including helicopters, turboprops and jets. OpenPort-Aero works everywhere in the world, thanks to Iridium’s coverage capability, and it also offers high-speed data and voice communications, facilitated by LiveTV’s lightweight aircraft antenna. Iridium voice/data rates are much lower than those for other satcom systems. OpenPort-Aero will also operate on the upcoming Iridium Next satellite network, which begins launching in 2015 and will support GATM/Fans datalink communications.