Although in-flight fires originating in personal electronic devices are relatively rare, they often attract a good deal of attention and motivate operators to be prepared for the possibility. With that in mind, Industrial Energy Products (IEP) has been offering a growing array of fire-containment bags to the business aviation industry since 2009.
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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.
Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service for business aircraft will be expanded to include coverage over Canada starting in the first quarter of next year, the company announced today. At present, Gogo Biz allows passengers and flight crews to have high-speed Internet access above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices. No roaming fees will be assessed when using Gogo Biz in Canada, Aircell noted.
Greenwich AeroGroup is offering demonstrations of LiveTV’s satellite communications LiveAero Wi-Fi broadband data and voice system this week at Heli-Expo. The LiveAero system uses Iridium’s OpenPort Aero broadband service. It allows users to stay connected via Wi-Fi to their smartphone, tablet or laptop from takeoff to landing anywhere in the world at data speeds up to 300 kbps. According to Greenwich, this unique satellite configuration and antenna design allows the signal to be received under the helicopter main rotor, permitting signal connectivity throughout the flight.
Virtually none of the growth in the general aviation field in the next decade will happen in the U.S. A certain business jet company is bound to go under or be acquired. A forthcoming aircraft model will be a flop.
The $12,500 price tag on ASiQ’s mobile phone app might seem pricey, but by comparison with the $500,000 private jet mobile phone systems currently in service, it seems reasonable.
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and four cosponsors have introduced S.2745 to ban the use of personal wireless communications devices or laptop computers in Part 121 cockpits, but general aviation would not be affected.
Honeywell is at HeliExpo’09 with its Eurocopter AStar, which it uses to develop, test and demonstrate the company’s wide range of avionics for helicopters. During the convention, Steven Kilbourne, Honeywell chief pilot rotary-wing, is flying demos out of Fullerton Airport for interested customers and media representatives.
Designed to facilitate productivity on the go, laptops and PDAs come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit various computing needs. Some version of Microsoft Windows comes standard with almost all laptops, but if you’re a Mac user your only choices are Apple iBooks and PowerBooks loaded with Macintosh OS X.
In addition to producing its familiar oversized yellow publication Trade-A-Plane people are enthusiastic about something totally new these days–access to the company’s WeatherTAP online weather service through a Pocket PC.
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