What started in David Gray’s basement a bit more than 13 years ago as Flight Display Systems will now fill an entire BBJ cabin with just about every high-tech connectivity toy and necessity a passenger could want, and they’re on display here at NBAA 2013 (Booth No. N3124).
Elliott Aviation is pursuing STCs for Aircell’s new ATG 2000 broadband system in the Hawker 800/850/900, Phenom 300, King Air 350 and King Air B200/B200GT. It hopes to have the approval in hand by next year’s first quarter. The Aircell ATG 2000 is a cabin broadband wireless system aimed at midsize and light jets and turboprops. It allows passengers to connect to the Internet on their laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Jeppesen’s new version of its Mobile FliteDeck e-chart app for the iPad and iPad mini is now available at the Apple App Store, the company announced late last week. Mobile FliteDeck v2.1, which is compatible with both iOS 6 and the new iOS 7, further enhances pilot situational awareness and optimizes user interaction, Jeppesen said.
Landmark Aviation has launched an enhanced version of its mobile application. Connect 2 Landmark provides a convenient link to company news and the service provider’s customers can use it to find amenity descriptions, runway maps, directions, weather conditions and frequencies for all Landmark locations. While the previous version of the application allowed access to most of this information, in the new program customers can view MRO offerings, as well as browse the company’s current charter fleet and request charter quotes from their mobile devices.
Aircell will expand its Gogo Biz service to include voice capabilities beginning October 1. Gogo Biz was launched in 2009 as an Internet-only service in the business aviation market. Because Gogo Biz operates on Aircell’s air-to-ground technology, its voice calls are among the clearest in aviation, on par with mobile phone calls on the ground, the company claims.
Shadin Avionics received TSO approval for a data converter that integrates an iPad into the cockpit to access real-time flight data. The flyTab Aircraft Interface Module (Aim) was developed in collaboration with the Avionics & Systems Integration Group as a part of the flyTab Class 2 electronic flight bag. The current Aim provides an Arinc 429 interface for two iPads from a single unit. According to the company, Arinc 429, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, discrete and MIL-STD-1553 data can be easily added and certified.
Execjet Mobile has released its latest product, Version 4.0 of the Bizjet Mobile service, which allows passengers aboard any telecom-equipped aircraft with an onboard Wi-Fi network to send and receive text messages and emails.
Aircell, which currently owns and operates the Airfone air-to-ground telephone network, is on track to shut down the system at the end of this year. While some operators may hope that Aircell will keep Airfone running a bit longer so they can avoid having to replace their systems, Aircell has made it clear that Airfone is going away. According to John Wade, Aircell executive v-p and general manager, “The December 31, 2013, shutdown date is firm.
Android-based devices are the least secure platforms for pilot electronic flight bags and onboard entertainment systems, according to EFB and cabin avionics solutions provider Allegient Systems. The company cited a recent DHS/FBI study showing that 79 percent of mobile device malware/viruses are for the Google Android operating system, due to its market share and open-source architecture.
Aircell said its Gogo Biz service–launched in 2009 as an Internet-only service for the business aviation market–is expanding to include voice capabilities that will allow crewmembers and passengers to text and call in flight from their own smartphones, using their existing mobile numbers, starting October 1.