Inflightonline, provider of e-mail, Internet content and in-flight connectivity services, re- cently announced the availability of its Secure Access products for business aviation.
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.
International Communications Group (ICG) has created an interface between its NxtLink Iridium satellite communication systems and the Tempus remote medical monitoring system from global medical security specialist RDT of the UK. Recent testing showed NxtLink provides Tempus with reliable access to an RS232 port for data transmissions, as well as with additional ports for fax or voice communication.
Duncan Aviation said it has completed installation of an EMS Satcom eNfusion HSD-400 satellite communications system in a Bombardier Challenger 601-3R. The satcom hardware allows passengers to use their personal Wi-Fi devices, BlackBerrys, iPhones and other data communication gear in flight in two of three worldwide satellite regions that are available now.
A total rewrite of Federal Communications Commission Part 87 has been proposed. Part 87 covers frequency allocations and the certification of aircraft radio equipment, unicom and other ground stations. The FCC said the proposal is designed to update requirements to reflect the latest technological advances, as well as to eliminate duplication and outmoded and other unnecessary regulations. Comments are due March 14.
In a move aimed at winning back market share from Iridium, EMS Satcom (Booth No. 709) Tuesday introduced two new SwiftBroadband satcom systems intended for midsize and larger jets that offer per-minute voice calling pricing that can’t be beat. That’s because phone calls placed through the system are free.
A voice-capable, three-frequency ELT made by the UK’s HT Smith Group is now being marketed in North America by Winslow Life Raft of Lake Suzy, Fla. The 1.3-lb ELT has two-way voice transmission capability on 121 MHz and 243 MHz. The $2,975 unit also sends distress signals on 406 MHz.
Inmarsat last month announced the commercial availability of the new Swift64 mobile data pipeline, an airborne satellite Internet service that the company claims finally bridges the gap between a user’s ground-bound office and the aircraft cabin.
Seattle-based Tenzing Communications announced a partnership with avionics manufacturer Baker Electronics to develop e-mail and information services for corporate aviation. Called CabinLink, the service is distributed by Baker through the company’s onboard LAN server. In addition to e-mail, users will be offered updated news, sports and other information through the service.
For any business aircraft manufacturers that have so far resisted the temptation, it is not too late to book space to display products and services at the Farnborough International airshow (FI2008), the global aerospace show taking place in the UK, July 14 to 21.