Aircell offers low-cost onboard voice and data

 - May 3, 2010, 10:41 AM

Airborne communications specialist Aircell (Booth No. 390) is here offering a new SwiftBroadband connectivity solution for the business aviation market, claiming that reduced size and cost are making it available to light jets and turboprops.

Based on Thrane & Thrane’s new Aviator 200 avionics, it provides satellite-based voice and data connectivity. Practically, the latter means email and light Internet services–up to 200 kbps. The smaller antenna is blade-shaped and weight and complexity of aircraft modifications are reduced, too, according to Aircell. The system will operate exclusively over Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband 200 service.

According to Aircell, operators will be able to seamlessly use their personal laptops and mobile devices for data service. Phone calls can be made through cabin handsets and several regions are covered. Pricing will be released in the coming weeks.

The company is also here promoting connectivity upgrades, pointing out that some business aircraft operators are not aware that many older antennas are compatible with new equipment, making installation and certification fairly straightforward.

“Most operators still don’t realize it’s now possible to equip virtually any business with email and Internet capabilities for laptops and smart phones,” said John Wade, Aircell’s executive vice president and general manager.