In 1999, Motorola’s ill-starred Iridium satcom venture declared bankruptcy and was on the verge of maneuvering the service’s 66 satellites to burn up in the atmosphere. Today, officials at the re-established satcom operation are promoting the company’s rapidly growing customer base and line of service offerings.
AirCell has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its Axxess EZ satcom system on Bombardier’s Challenger 600, 601 and 604. Introduced late last year, the system was designed to reuse the MagnaStar system’s existing aircraft wiring and component locations, reducing installation downtime.
Elliott Aviation recently completed its first transformation of a Hawker 700A cabin
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified AirCell’s Iridium-based Axxess EZ cabin communications system in the Bombardier Challenger 600, 601 and 604, adding to the list of business airplanes approved to fly with the gear.
European information technology giant SITA predicts that by 2005 airline passengers will be able to make calls in flight using their personal cellphones.
For any pilot who’s ever sat glued to the Weather Channel or logged onto a weather Web site to keep a watchful eye on a powerful cold front or line of thunderstorms sweeping across the country, the term airborne datalink could soon take on special significance.
AT&T Wireless has sent letters to customers of Claircom air-to-ground telephony services, telling owners of the Claircom telephones it will no longer offer services to the business aviation market after September 1.
Rockwell Collins has upgraded the operating software for the Airshow Network news and information service. The new network protocol, Version P4, improves Airshow Network’s overall connectivity and works over the AirCell onboard telephone network.
Gulfstream has selected AirCell’s Axxess cabin communications system as standard equipment aboard its line of large-cabin business jets spanning the G300 through G550.
Hawker Beechcraft (Booth No. 6159) has announced AirCell’s Axxess II satcom system is now a factory option on new 900XP midsize and 750 light-midsize jets. The option was developed through an STC awarded to the Hawker Beechcraft Little Rock, Ark. alteration station. The system will be provisioned for equipment operating on AirCell’s exclusive broadband frequency, available next year, or the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service.