Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, you’ll know that barely a day passes without news that some nifty new method of accessing the Internet has been developed, not to mention a bushel full of cool new ideas about what to do once you’re online.
Honeywell is now demonstrating its Inflightmail airborne e-mail service aboard the company’s Citation V. As configured, the system transmits data through the Iridium low-earth-orbit satellite network using an Airsat 1 satphone and onboard computer server.
Audio International, a division of DeCrane Aircraft, announced the incorporation of an 802.11b wireless cabin access port into its full line of cabin-management and in-flight entertainment products. The access point, which provides wireless local-area network (LAN) connectivity for use on board the airplane, is Arinc 763-network-server-system compliant.
NBAA will begin offering the certified aviation manager (CAM) test via computer beginning in January. Schroeder Management Technologies will be administering the test at its more than 250 locations nationwide.
A new fourth model in EMS Satcom’s eNfusion CNX line of mobile cabin gateways is making its debut here at EBACE’07 (Booth No. 1030). The new CNX-400 adds a private branch exchange (PBX) function to the existing CNX-200 network accelerator unit and comes with additional hardware to support multiple extensions.
EMS Satcom last month unveiled the CNX-300 mobile access router as the newest member of its family of CNX airborne networking devices. Designed specifically to address the needs of military and government customers, the router combines Ethernet, Wi-Fi, network hub and terminal adapter with the Cisco 3200 Series router.
Engineers from Lufthansa Technik and Thrane & Thrane have jointly developed a new mobile access router as a key component of Lufthansa Technik’s networked integrated cabin equipment, nicknamed Nice. The router will be the main interface to all devices on the Nice network, providing wireless laptop connectivity and other data access through Inmarsat’s Swift64 service and Gatelink (802.11b and -g).
Enstrom Helicopters has placed all its Service Bulletins and Service Information Letters on the customer-support page of the company Web site. Historically manual updates for all the company’s helicopter models are provided to owners at no charge for the life of the aircraft. The company is now planning to make technical manuals and revisions available on an FTP site for free downloading.
The FCC has approved AirCell’s air-to-ground frequency license, clearing the way for the Louisville, Colo. company to begin rolling out the ground infrastructure to support its new broadband communications service.
Blue Sky Network of La Jolla, Calif., has launched a wireless airborne router extending access to its satcom data or for surfing the Internet. The unit manages not only secure wireless standards but also wired Ethernet via its built-in, four-port duplex hub. The wireless airborne router supports features for multiple cabin passengers–ranging from mapping to multi-player games–and pilots, who can exchange files with electronic flight bags.