With Magnastar system service set to be discontinued next month, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport-based Banyan Air Service is urging operators to plan their upgrades soon, warning that the number of qualified shops and available equipment is nearing capacity. There are approximately 1,100 Magnastar operators.
I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about the late Steve Jobs. One thing that strikes me is how strange it sounds to precede his name with “the late.” Another is how few people like him are running companies today. I believe the number might be approximately…zero.
Satcom solutions provider SkyTrac Systems (Booth No. 4106) is launching SkyWeb Mobile for iPhone, Blackberry and Android smartphones at Heli-Expo 2011.
Southern California charter operator Clay Lacy Aviation said it will equip its fleet of more than 60 owned and managed business jets with Aircell’s high-speed Internet service. System installations, which began last month and will continue through next year, represent the first fleet-wide selection of the Aircell service by a business aircraft operator.
International Communications Group (ICG) last month announced that its NxtMail Over Iridium global e-mail services will now be available to users of Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry smartphones and Apple’s iPhone. To support the services, ICG has introduced an Iridium satcom server capable of providing the wireless link enabling BlackBerry and iPhone users simply to walk onto the airplane and start sending and receiving e-mail.
Midcoast Aviation in East Cahokia, Ill., is offering customers BlackBerry connectivity. The company, based at St. Louis Downtown Airport, has already installed equipment to allow in-flight BlackBerry use in a Gulfstream IV and two Bombardier Global Expresses.
These are just a few of the prizes being given away in monthly drawings sponsored by aviation services provider Jet Aviation. The West Palm Beach, Fla. company announced the program last month as a means of promoting use of its online pre-arrival system.
IBM Euroflight, the computer giant’s European corporate flight department, is to close down before the end of June due to “insufficient activity.” Its two Dassault Falcon 2000 jets are to be sold and bargaining between management and the unions as to the future of the operation’s 20 permanent employees–including seven pilots and seven maintenance technicians–at its Paris Le Bourget Airport base is at an advanced stage.
An Alerts Manager feature allows the user to send alerts automatically to any Blackberry, mobile phone or e-mail inbox in the world. It is triggered by user-selected specific events such as takeoff, diversion and landing.