As onboard Wi-Fi proliferates in the business jet fleet, the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) issued guidelines yesterday for charter brokers in an effort to stem billing surprises to clients after flights are completed. The association said it is “vital that brokers keep on top of technological and other service developments and that any potential hidden costs of a charter are considered and dealt with in advance.”
Constant Aviation has received STC approval from Brazil’s ANAC to install Swiftbroadband Aviator 200 and Aircell GoGo Wi-Fi systems in the Phenom 300. “The approval allows the installation of a solution for worldwide in-flight Wi-Fi connections on Brazilian-registered aircraft. Our experience on the Phenom not only provides operators a reliable solution but also allows this STC to be installed at any of our three nationwide locations.
328 Design is offering what it claims is the world’s first certification of a four-channel SwiftBroadband upgrade aboard an Embraer Legacy 600. ABS Jets completed the installation following the recent award of EASA certification with FAA and TCCA validation. The modification enables a range of advanced communication features provided by SwiftBroadband.
Swiss business aviation providers Vertis Aviation and ExecuJet have teamed to offer the first Gulfstream G650 offered for charter in Europe. The Swiss-registered aircraft is based at Zurich, and its operators expect the jet’s long range and high speed to be in high demand this summer. Delivered to Vertis Aviation, the G650 is outfitted with eight seats in double-club configuration and six divan-style seats that offer lie-flat rest facilities. The communications suite includes high-speed Wi-Fi, satellite TV, two Apple TVs and two Blu-ray players.
Associated Air Center (AAC) has received STC approval for Boeing 737 (-300 through -900ER) Wi-Fi solutions for the Satcom Direct Router (SDR). The dual-band unit can manage multiple systems such as Swift64, SwiftBroadband, Ku band, Ka band and X band both airborne and on the ground. The SDR also has a 3G cellular service feature for use on the ground. The system can be integrated with existing platforms and systems manufactured by Cobham, Thrane & Thrane, Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.
Ottawa, Ontario-based TrueNorth said its promotional offer for the company’s MagnaStar replacement aircraft telephone system, Simphone, is ending on December 20. MagnaStar is being shut down on December 31, and reportedly “hundreds” of users have not upgraded yet.
David Gray, CEO and founder of Flight Display Systems (Booth N3124), said here at NBAA 2013 that his company has delivered some 30 to 40 Jet Jukebox HD multimedia players with a wireless router to operators. “Our vision is all about wireless,” he said. “People don’t need Internet access all the time, but they do want to use their personal electronic devices.”
Aircell’s new nationwide wireless content delivery network, Gogo Cloud, allows customers of Aircell’s Gogo Vision to automatically receive the latest updates whenever they visit a Gogo Cloud location. When an aircraft arrives at a Gogo Cloud location, Aircell’s UCS 5000 system automatically connects to the Gogo Cloud Wi-Fi signal and performs a complete content update. The transfer takes place in typically less than 60 seconds for a 30-minute TV episode, and about three minutes for a feature-length movie.
Aviation Modification Leaders (AML) has completed the first installation of its high-speed AML 200 aircraft cabin router in a Piaggio P-180 turboprop. With the new router, up to 10 passengers can have broadband Internet access and Wi-Fi connectivity on any personal electronic device, according to AML.
ICG (Booth No. N2329) is developing a new mobile application for Apple and Android smartphones, managed by its eRouter data management system, that will allow customers to use personal electronic devices to place calls and send text messages from an aircraft in flight.
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