EMS Aviation’s eNfusion AMT-700 high-gain satcom antenna has cleared an important hurdle after receiving a letter of assessment from Inmarsat approving the product as a class-6 multi-channel aeronautical antenna. Inmarsat’s blessing clears the way for sales and installations of the mechanically steered antenna, which is designed to support SwiftBroadband, Swift64 and Aero H/H+ satcom services worldwide.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Hall 3 Stand D50) and Boeing have signed a contract to offer CMC’s multi-channel SwiftBroadBand compliant CMA-2102SB satcom high-gain antenna system for new Boeing 777s. The 2102SB recently received Inmarsat multi-channel SwiftBroadBand approval and Transport Canada appliance type approval. The device is the only top-mount Arinc 741 antenna to gain such approval.
Satellite communications specialist EMS Satcom (Stand No. 113) has introduced its new eNfusion AMT-700 high-gain antenna (HGA). The new tail-mounted antenna promises higher gain than competing antennas of similar size and weight.
The Canadian company designed the antenna with Inmarsat’s new SwiftBroadband high-speed Internet service in mind. EMS’s existing AMT-50 HGA antenna is already flying on more than 1,400 aircraft.
EMS Satcom last month introduced the latest and lightest in its line of eNfusion high-gain antennas for airborne satellite communications, the AMT-700, weighing in at less than five pounds. The antenna features higher gain, lower power consumption and
EMS Satcom on Monday rolled out the latest and lightest in its line of eNfusion high-gain antennas (HGA) for airborne satellite communications, the AMT-700, weighing less than five pounds. The antenna features higher gain (greater than 13.5dB), lower power consumption and a smaller installation footprint than its AMT-50 predecessor.
Starling Advanced Communications, an Israeli company specializing in Ku broadband antenna systems, is at NBAA’08 Booth No. 868 featuring its latest product for in-flight data transmission and reception, a new “light and powerful” low-profile antenna aimed at the business jet and regional airline market.
In aviation’s early days, long-distance HF communications used wire antennas trailing behind the aircraft. Stored on a reel inside the fuselage, the 100- to 200-foot antenna was usually hand-cranked out and back in. Reeling in was important–to keep the antenna taut when trailing, its end carried a heavy lead weight, which became a lethal weapon if the antenna remained extended while landing.
AeroSat, the Amherst, N.H. supplier of broadband satcom and direct-broadcast television antennas for airliners and business jets, announced last month that it has received an additional $14 million in investment funds, money that will be used for expansion of the company’s product line and production capacity. Funding was supplied by private equity firms CAI Managers, AeroEquity and PAR Capital Management.
Electromagnetic (EM) compatibility testing, which has become increasingly important with the advent of new technologies such as fly-by-wire controls, the saturation of airspace with high-frequency EM emissions and the decision by some airlines to allow mobile phone calls aboard their aircraft has prompted Alenia Aeronautica to build Europe’s largest anechoic chamber.
DeCrane Aircraft Holdings’ e-Cabin.Connect system, featuring long-awaited 512-kbps high-speed in-flight Internet access, is in the final stage of testing and the El Segundo, Calif.-based company expects to begin deliveries by late December.