Greenwich AeroGroup (Stand 5013) has announced that it is forming a dealer network for the sales, installation and certification of the LiveAero broadband airborne connectivity system for fixed-wing airplanes and rotorcraft. Based upon the Iridium OpenPort broadband technology, the system–developed by Florida-based LiveTV–works anywhere in the world and provides a WiFi-enabled bidirectional data speed of 134 kbps. With system optimization, that speed can be more than doubled.
LiveAero also includes three separate voice lines allowing calls to be placed on the ground or in the air. Certification for the system has already been achieved for the Bombardier Challenger 601 3A/3R, 604, and 605 twinjets, with additional supplemental type certificates in progress for the AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky S-76 helicopters. The system will be upgradeable to the upgraded Iridium Next system, which is scheduled to launch starting in 2015.
Greenwich locations supporting the system are Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, North Carolina; Summit Aviation in Middletown, Delaware; and Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho. Other providers include Banyan Air Service in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Spirit Avionics in Columbus, Ohio; and Temple Electronics in Houston, Texas. Internationally, the system is available through Jet Aviation’s locations in Basel, Switzerland; Dubai and Singapore.
Additionally at the LABACE show this week, Greenwich AeroGroup’s DAC International subsidiary is conducting demonstrations at its stand for its GDC64 tablet aircraft interface unit, which is specifically designed as an aircraft interface device to feed aircraft data to an iPad or any tablet without additional costly WiFi devices.