As demand to surf the Internet in flight grows, Duncan Aviation continues to develop supplemental type certificates (STC) to do just that. The MRO’s latest STC is for the installation of Aircell’s cabin telecommunication router, which provides Wi-Fi access in the cabin for Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service. The new STCs apply to the Hawker 800XP/850XP/900XP and Falcon 2000/2000EX EASy.
Duncan Aviation recently integrated an iPad application for wireless control of the cabin management system in a Falcon 900.
To promote its airborne Internet access system, Aircell offered NBAA showgoers a free trial of the Gogo inflight Internet service to try on the way home. Available on many airlines, Gogo offers connection speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps, likely as fast as many DSL services for home use.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 6763), appears to be weathering the recession and is launching new initiatives on a variety of fronts.
As the company’s rapid response team celebrates its 10th anniversary, Duncan is opening a new location in Seattle, the company's eighth. The team is located at Boeing Field but performs all engine maintenance and repair work at customer locations, “whether in their hangar or home base.”
Van Nuys, Calif.-based Clay Lacy Aviation (Booth No. 2027) added eight business jets to its managed fleet in the first three quarters of this year, including a Falcon 2000, Hawker 800, Gulfstream V and Gulfstream 450, two Gulfstream IVs and two Gulfstream 550s. In addition, the company has reported a 22-percent increase in charter hours and a 13-percent jump in total flight hours from the same period last year.
Aircell (Booth 3737) is celebrating rapid adoption of its Gogo Biz high-speed in-flight Internet service capability by business jet OEMs and charter and fractional operators in the wake of its Gogo service's near-saturation of the air transport market.
There are now more ways than ever to connect to the Internet in flight thanks to the growing number of airborne data services available for installation in business jets. From Aircell’s GoGo Biz and Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband services to ViaSat’s Yonder Broadband and others, Web-addicted passengers no longer have to worry about being able to log on after takeoff.
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.
Flexjet last month announced plans to offer Aircell Gogo Biz in-flight Wi-Fi connections as a standard amenity on its fractional program aircraft at no additional charge to shareowners. The system will allow Flexjet customers to use any Wi-Fi device to access the Web at broadband speeds while they fly. Installation of GoGo Biz will begin on Flexjet’s 25 Challenger 300s and seven Challenger 604/605s.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation
recently installed in a Gulfstream IV an Aircell ATG 4000 high-speed internet system complete with the Aircell Axxess cabin communications systems with Wi-Fi provisions. The installation was completed in conjunction with a 72-month inspection and was the fourth Aircell high-speed internet system Constant Aviation has installed this year.