AirCell’s Axxess satellite communications system has gained European certification aboard a Cessna Citation 650. The Axxess system includes two Iridium satcom channels for making voice calls and transmitting low-rate data in flight. The unit’s capabilities can be expanded to four Iridium channels as well as a single Inmarsat satcom channel allowing Internet access through the Swift64 aero data service.
The TopFlight satellite communications terminal that Thales launched at last year’s Farnborough airshow will be installed later this year on new-build corporate aircraft produced by an as-yet unidentified OEM and should be certified to support WiFi-based passenger use by the second quarter of next year.
AirCell’s Axxess satellite communications system has gained European certification aboard a Cessna Citation 650. Performed by Ruag Aerospace in Germany, the installation obtained approval last month from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The Axxess system includes two Iridium satcom channels for making voice calls and transmitting low-rate data in flight.
The ability to surf the Internet while cruising through the lower stratosphere continues to get easier, and faster, thanks to the incremental upgrades being made to the capabilities of current high-speed data satcom systems.
Iridium disclosed plans for a future constellation to replace the 66 low-earth-orbit satellites that make up its current satcom network. Speaking at the Satellite 2007 conference in Washington, D.C., company officials said the “Iridium Next” constellation will maintain the current service’s “cross-linked” architecture but will use Internet Protocol technology to deliver broadband data and voice communications services to users.
The six-ton, London-double-decker-bus-size Inmarsat-4 communications satellite that Inmarsat launched in late March has taken over satcom transmission routing responsibility from the previous Inmarsat-3 satellite covering the Indian Ocean Region, according to company officials.
An alliance between Jeppesen and CMC electronics will integrate Jepp’s software, data and applications into CMC’s second-generation PilotView class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB).
Meanwhile, a separate satellite communications antenna deal with Japan Airlines highlights the Canadian company’s continuing advances in the field of air transport avionics.
Bombardier has selected the eNfusion AMT-3800 high-gain satcom antenna from Canada’s EMS Satcom as a factory option on the Global Express XRS and Global 5000. Installed atop the fuselage, the low-profile antenna provides access to Inmarsat’s Swift64 and SwiftBroadband high-speed data services in addition to worldwide voice calling.
A compact satellite communications high-gain antenna system developed by CMC Electronics (Booth No. 1014) will be brought to market in the middle of the year. Dubbed SatLite, the latest generation antenna supports Inmarsat Aero-H/H+, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband satellite communications services and has been optimized for use in business jets and regional airliners.
At a press conference here at the NBAA Convention yesterday, EMS Satcom announced Honeywell (Booth No. 1994) has selected the company’s eNfusion SwiftBroadband satcom technology for its MCS-7100 series multichannel family of satcom products. The products will provide in-flight access to high-speed Internet access, voice and video in most of the world’s skies.