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.
Personal digital assistants
Visitors to this year’s NBAA show can wave goodbye to sore shoulders with a brand new app from SmartBag. The company’s new Digital Tradeshow Bag uses Quick Response (QR) code technology, which enables iPhone users to scan icons displayed on participating booths. Attendees can then download exhibitors’ marketing materials directly to their own devices.
Banyan Air Service received the first STC for the SwiftBroadBand 200 class of service in the U.S. The Aviator 200 is a lightweight Inmarsat-based system that provides a Wi-Fi hotspot in an aircraft. According to Brian Wilson, Banyan Air Service director of avionics, it supports Wi-Fi-enabled PDA devices such as the BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad.
Universal Weather & Aviation has introduced the second release of its Universal Mobile application. This allows UVAir cardholders to access their online fuel management accounts through any Web-enabled mobile device, including iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android.
Bizav data provider JetNet is unveiling and demonstrating a new smartphone app for accessing its Evolution database.
TrueNorth Avionics has introduced a plug-in hardware module that lets owners of several brands of airborne telephone use their personal smartphones to send and receive e-mails worldwide over the Iridium satcom network.
Owners of smartphones such as the BlackBerry and iPhone have been frustrated by the high cost of equipment that allows them to send and receive e-mail in-flight. TrueNorth Avionics is now offering an economical, compact, stand-alone product that plugs into any existing airborne telephone system and creates a Wi-Fi hot spot inside the aircraft that is compatible with most smartphones.
With the increasing use of BlackBerrys, iPhones and other personal electronic devices, business aircraft operators now have several options for full-time air-to-ground communication using smartphones in the cabin. But geting the FAA to sign off on a Wi-Fi installation can be a major undertaking, equipment makers complain.
Satcom equipment maker International Communications Group said it has developed an interface allowing its NxtMail e-mail server to connect through Cobham’s SDU-7300 Swift64 and SDU-7320 SwiftBroadband satcom systems. The setup makes it possible to connect up to eight Wi-Fi devices simultaneously for sending and receiving e-mail in flight.