For aircraft owners and operators looking to save money on airborne telecom costs, BizjetMobile offers a way to text and email over the Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcom networks for at little as $899 a month. The key to BizjetMobile’s pecuniary pricing plan is its portable devices, which require no supplemental type certificate for installation (although some require installation of an external antenna). The email feature–called GetMail–is a new development, and BizjetMobile is demonstrating this and all of its products at its NBAA exhibit (Booth 1462).
Blue Sky Network (Booth 3479) of La Jolla, Calif., is showing its entire line of satellite communications technologies here at NBAA 2014, including two new communication products: HawkEye 7200 and Iridium Go!
HawkEye 7200, the company’s new portable satcom with Bluetooth support for sending forms from electronic flight bags (EFBs), is now in production. Post-beta test development incorporated feedback from users, resulting in a device that has received U. S. Forest Service approval for automated flight following.
Aireon, a joint venture involving Iridium Communications and Nav Canada, the country’s private-sector civil air navigation service provider, has announced a plan to provide free real-time global emergency flight tracking for any ADS-B equipped aircraft. The Aireon Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking service will be available to authorized search-and-rescue operations, soon after the completion of the Iridium Next satellite constellation in 2017.
Satellite-based surveillance developer Aireon will provide a free emergency tracking system for aircraft when the satellite constellation it will use is launched and operating, as expected, in 2017. Aireon announced the service on September 22, saying the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 earlier this year makes global emergency tracking “essential.”
Starting September 1, owners and operators of Brazil-based aircraft equipped with suitable Garmin avionics will be able to get streamlined access to Iridium satellite communications services using Garmin Connext. The new service is available under an arrangement announced by Satcom Direct here at the LABACE show this week.
VIP completion specialist Aeria Luxury Interiors (Booth 3539) of San Antonio, Texas is displaying conceptual renderings prepared by its interior design team for Boeing narrow- and wide-body aircraft. Aeria, the completions division of ST Aerospace, is now preparing for its first BBJ green cabin completion, said Ron Soret, vice president and general manager of completions.
The recent tragedy of the still-missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has brought the tracking of aircraft sharply into focus, and at a conference last week in Montreal ICAO forged a consensus to develop aircraft tracking as matter of priority. While this is a welcome move, the ability to transmit more than just positional data is critical in allowing ground experts to not only determine the causes of losses, but also to give aircrew a better chance of averting a loss.
ViaSat is extending the availability of its cabin and cockpit connectivity solutions for business aircraft through new partnerships with other communications systems providers. Here at the EBACE show this week, the California-based company is announcing the integration of its VMT-1500 satellite connectivity system and Yonder Internet service with ICG’s new cabin router and NxtLink series transceivers to connect aircraft via the Iridium satellite network.
Calgary, Canada-based Flyht Aerospace Solutions has developed the Dragon, a low-cost Iridium-based portable satcom system that draws on the company’s expertise in airborne telecom. Selling for less than $10,000, Dragon allows pilots and passengers to communicate using voice or data, without the need for an expensive certification and installation approval program.
Owners of Bombardier CL-600 series jets will have an option for upgrading their jets, including older ones, to the latest NextGen technology, including FANS 1/A CPDLC and Link 2000+, under a new STC that Comlux America is pursuing. The STC will also include ADS-B OUT compliance, which means that even older Challenger 600s will be able to continue flying in ADS-B airspace around the world and after Jan. 1, 2020 in the U.S. The STC will involve adding avionics from Universal Avionics and International Communications Group (ICG) and an L-3 Aviation Recorders cockpit voice recorder.
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