The FAA last week published guidelines detailing the prohibition of personal electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablet computers, on the flight decks of Part 121 aircraft when the aircraft is in operation, unless those devices have been specifically approved for flight.
Three more companies have joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s dealer network for the installation and certification of LiveAero Broadband satcom systems. They are West Star Aviation, with facilities in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill. and Columbia, S.C.; Pro Star Aviation, with a facility in Londonderry, N.H., and Aviation Partners Group, with shops in Punta Gorda, Fla., Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine.
Although in-flight fires originating in personal electronic devices are relatively rare, they often attract a good deal of attention and motivate operators to be prepared for the possibility. With that in mind, Industrial Energy Products (IEP) has been offering a growing array of fire-containment bags to the business aviation industry since 2009.
What started in David Gray’s basement a bit more than 13 years ago as Flight Display Systems will now fill an entire BBJ cabin with just about every high-tech connectivity toy and necessity a passenger could want, and they’re on display here at NBAA 2013 (Booth No. N3124).
Elliott Aviation is pursuing STCs for Aircell’s new ATG 2000 broadband system in the Hawker 800/850/900, Phenom 300, King Air 350 and King Air B200/B200GT. It hopes to have the approval in hand by next year’s first quarter. The Aircell ATG 2000 is a cabin broadband wireless system aimed at midsize and light jets and turboprops. It allows passengers to connect to the Internet on their laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service for business aircraft will be expanded to include coverage over Canada starting in the first quarter of next year, the company announced today. At present, Gogo Biz allows passengers and flight crews to have high-speed Internet access above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices. No roaming fees will be assessed when using Gogo Biz in Canada, Aircell noted.
Greenwich AeroGroup is offering demonstrations of LiveTV’s satellite communications LiveAero Wi-Fi broadband data and voice system this week at Heli-Expo. The LiveAero system uses Iridium’s OpenPort Aero broadband service. It allows users to stay connected via Wi-Fi to their smartphone, tablet or laptop from takeoff to landing anywhere in the world at data speeds up to 300 kbps. According to Greenwich, this unique satellite configuration and antenna design allows the signal to be received under the helicopter main rotor, permitting signal connectivity throughout the flight.
Western Aircraft can install Wi-Fi on Falcon 2000EXs equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics using an Aircell CTR router. The work can be done at its Boise, Idaho facility or at Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C. The upgrade provides wireless Internet access in the cabin, allowing users to surf the Internet, send and receive email with attachments and download files while using a laptop, tablet or other mobile device. Western’s Wi-Fi STC works with both Aircell and Thrane & Thrane broadband solutions.
Roku recently unveiled a new solution to a better smart TV–the Roku Streaming Stick. The wireless device is about the size of a standard USB flash drive that will plug into MHL-enabled HDMI television ports, allowing it to deliver power and other critical elements for the streaming experience.
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., recently received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for in-flight Wi-Fi operations in Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX aircraft equipped with Thrane & Thrane.
The certification allows SwiftBroadband aircraft Wi-Fi service in the cabin by upgrading the Thrane & Thrane Swift 64 Aero HSD+ satellite communication system to the SwiftBroadband Aviator 700. SwiftBroadband provides high-speed, in-flight Internet connectivity, allowing passengers to use personal communication devices, such as iPads, laptops, BlackBerrys and iPhones.
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