In the AIN 2011 Product Support Survey results for cockpit and cabin avionics manufacturers, readers chose Garmin and Aircell as this year’s top providers of aircraft electronics products. Garmin scored an overall average rating of 8.35, up from last year’s first-place 8.07.
Brazil’s Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil has approved the installation of Aircell’s Aviator 300 and 350 satcom systems in the Airbus A319 and Cessna CJ3. According to Aircell, these are the first Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcoms approved in Brazil. TAM Aviação Executiva in São Paolo installed the Aviator 300 for a corporate operator.
Aircell announced today at Labace that two members of its global dealer network have received from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) installation certifications for the Aviator 300 and Aviator 350. According to the Broomfield, Colo.-based company, they are the first approvals of SwiftBroadband-based communications systems in Brazil.
Cessna Aircraft has picked Aircell to provide air/ground connectivity for its three larger aircraft–the Citation XLS+, Citation Sovereign and Citation Ten.
Hardware includes the Aviator 300 satellite communications terminal developed by Denmark’s Thrane & Thrane and Aircell’s own Axxess cabin communications system. The Aviator 300 will support global voice and data at up to 332 kbps.
Duncan Aviation has received Service Mark approval by the United States Patent and Trademark office for its iCabin, an integrated iPad application for wireless control of cabin systems in a Falcon 900 using an Aircell CTR Wi-Fi source and an interface unit to communicate instructions to Honeywell’s MH CMS.
JetCorp Technical Services of Chesterfield, Mo., has received an STC for the Aircell cabin telecommunications router (CTR) on a Challenger 300. Installation and certification of the CTR provides in-cabin Wi-Fi capability for Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet connection.
Dassault unveiled the Falcon 2000S at May’s Ebace show as a lower-cost replacement for the 2000DX. Range of the 2000S is 3,350 nm, 100 nm greater than the DX. The 2000S’s simpler fuel system helps keep the price below $25 million. Modifications, including inboard slats and a standard autobrake, lower approach speed by 10 knots, which improves takeoff and landing performance.
Cleveland-based Constant Aviation received STC approval for installing the Aircell Cabin Wireless Access Point (CWAP) system, which provides Gogo Biz airborne broadband service, in an Embraer EMB135 corporate shuttle. The completion of this STC marks the first ever CWAP installation in an EMB135 corporate shuttle as well as the first ever such system installed in a corporate aircraft.
Cessna Aircraft has selected Aircell’s Aviator 300 satcom system as optional equipment for the Citation XLS+, Sovereign and Citation X starting with 2012 models. Aircell is a master distributor for Thrane & Thrane’s SwiftBroadband products, including the Aviator 200, 300 and 350 systems.
Like many others in the completion and refurbishment business, Duncan Aviation is ramping up as the sense of an industry recovery grows.
In the past two months, the Lincoln, Neb. completion and refurbishment, maintenance, overhaul and repair provider has introduced two new programs.