At the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in May, Rockwell Collins announced completion of AirCell’s ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication system for the Airshow 4000 in-flight information system.
The ST 3100 satcom gives aircraft operators access to worldwide voice and data services at all altitudes and on the ground through Iridium’s network of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites.
Rockwell Collins also announced a number of new supplemental type certificates (STCs) for its Airshow products.
Among them was a limited STC for the first Bombardier Global 5000 that included the first application of the Ethernet-based Airshow 21 cabin electronic system. The Ethernet-based version supports a full suite of functions, from entertainment and cabin controls to global office connection. All cabin capabilities, said a company spokesman, are controlled by a full-function graphical user interface, also designed by Rockwell Collins. The system’s local area network (LAN) provides a data connection for multiple users, as well as access to a printer, fax and file-sharing. The network can be enhanced by the addition of wireless LAN.
Rockwell Collins’ Tailwind 550 multi-regional satellite-direct television system has received an STC for installation on the Boeing 767-200, -300 and -400. The first installation was by Jet Aviation at its Basel, Switzerland, completion center and allows in-flight satellite television reception in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. Also in Switzerland, Jet Aviation installed and received an STC for the first Tailwind 550 system on a Boeing Business Jet.