A King Air 200, fitted with Aviator 200 powered by Thrane & Thrane, was on display at the Ebace convention in May.
The system delivers Internet and e-mail to WiFi-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops at data transfer speeds up to 158 kbps–not a particularly high transfer rate, but reasonable in these economic times at a cost of approximately $75,000.
The package includes a short-blade antenna and larger VHF unit also mounted atop the fuselage. According to Andy Beers, Thrane & Thrane’s director of aero sales in North American, some 100 units have been shipped to date. It has been certified in the King Air 200, Cessna Citation models 500 through 560, and the Citation CJ1. Hawker 800 and 800XP retrofits are also being considered.