TrueNorth Unveils Satphone System for Light Jets

 - October 31, 2008, 11:40 AM

Satcom system maker TrueNorth Avionics last month introduced a two-channel airborne telephone system for the cabin called Simphone Prelude that is designed for installation in light jets and turboprops. It is based on Simphone equipment for large jets and features the company’s ClearCall technology, menu-driven handsets and all-digital architecture. The system can also be upgraded to provide operators with Inmarsat satcom, broadband data, Wi-Fi and the like.

“With the Simphone Prelude, more executives can manage their business communications from the air, no matter what class of corporate aircraft they fly,” said TrueNorth CEO Mark van Berkel. “Enhancing their current capabilities, the Simphone Prelude also ensures that an operator’s airborne telephone will never become obsolete.”

Shipments of the Simphone Prelude system will start in the first quarter of next year. The company is accepting orders through the end of the year at a pre-introduction price of $29,000.

TrueNorth Avionics last month also introduced Simphone Global Broadband, a compact satellite-based high-speed data system for worldwide business aviation use.
Simphone Global Broadband components weigh less than 20 pounds and include a 2-MCU satellite data unit, a high-power amplifier/diplexer unit and an antenna. The system is compatible with the Simphone Chorus phone system and offers initial service via Inmarsat Swift64. It will be available in the first quarter of next year and is priced at less than $100,000, according to the manufacturer.

TrueNorth, based in Ottawa, Canada, also announced Sikorsky Aircraft has selected its Simphone airborne telephone systems as OEM standard options on new S-76 series and S-92 helicopters, starting with two installations that were completed over the summer at Sikorsky’s Keystone Helicopter subsidiary in Coatesville, Pa.