Manchester Boston Regional Airport-based Pro Star Aviation has received FAA approval for an STC to install the Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 SwiftBroadband system with Wi-Fi in the Pilatus PC-12/45/47/47E. According to the company, it is the lightest, most compact airborne broadband solution on the market and simultaneously provides ramp-to-altitude worldwide data and voice. The Aviator 200 allows in-flight e-mail, Internet browsing, smartphone connectivity and one high-quality, low-cost AMBE2 voice channel. Multiple users can access the broadband system at speeds up to 200 kilobytes per second.
At the AEA show yesterday, Aircell unveiled upcoming voice capability for its Gogo Biz airborne broadband Internet system.
Innotech Aviation in Montreal is closing in on an FAA STC permitting installations of ViaSat Ku-band satellite data hardware aboard the Bombardier Global Express. ViaSat’s Yonder Ku-band service provides data connections in flight of up to 10 megabits per second, making it the fastest commercial Internet service available.
ViaSat, a Carlsbad, Calif. provider of satellite broadband services for business jets, has appointed Midcoast Aviation and Savannah Air Center “value added resellers” of its airborne mobile broadband terminals.
Panasonic Avionics has introduced what it calls a “global communications suite” that is designed to provide head-of-state aircraft with the ultimate in airborne connectivity. Branded as eXConnect and eXPhone, the Ku-band satellite services made their debut in a Boeing Business Jet last month. Additional customer discussions are ongoing to outfit the hardware in the Airbus Corporate Jetliner and executive versions of the Boeing 747 and 777.
Trans-Exec Private Jets, a charter operator based in Van Nuys, Calif., claims to be “the first private jet company to have installed advanced, global in-flight, high-speed wireless Internet service.” The system is the eNfusion System 6 package from EMS Satcom and, according to Trans-Exec, it provides service worldwide “over land or water.” It allows Trans-Exec passengers to access e-mail and the Internet through their own Wi-Fi-capable BlackBe
Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite Internet service is available so far on only a handful of business jets, and one of them was parked at TAG Aviation throughout last month’s Farnborough International Airshow.
Teledyne Controls, exclusive distributor of Raytheon’s MagnaStar airborne telephone system, introduced its SmartCabin Office concept at a Monday morning press conference here at NBAA.
Duncan Aviation said it has completed installation of an EMS Satcom eNfusion HSD-400 satellite communications system in a Bombardier Challenger 601-3R. The satcom hardware allows passengers to use their personal Wi-Fi devices, BlackBerrys, iPhones and other data communication gear in flight in two of three worldwide satellite regions that are available now.
Aircell said it will charge a flat monthly fee of $1,495 for unlimited access to its air-to-ground broadband data service by business aviation users.
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