At Helitech 2011, Blue Sky Network (BSN) exhibited a renewed line of tracking devices that can help flight dispatchers to know, in real-time, where their fleet’s helicopters are. Through the SkyRouter web portal, they can receive regular updates on the aircraft’s altitude, heading and location, explained hardware engineer Steve Larson.
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The market for in-flight connectivity is about to step up a gear as passenger power pushes demand to be able to use personal smart phones, laptops and tablet devices, according to leading provider OnAir.
Aviation services and aircraft interiors provider Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb.,
is offering an upgrade option to the new PreFlite Security System by Securaplane of Tucson, Ariz.
Contemporary Research Corp. is introducing its new Media Manager 1 (MM1) interactive cabin management system. The company claims that MM1 is the “first product to incorporate large scale audio/video and total control in one complete package.” The 12 audio/video channels delivered by the MM1 can be expanded by the addition of Media Manager 2 secondary controllers for a maximum of 100 passenger stations controlled by the system.
Mobile Connect is the name of a new direct-dialing service for business aircraft passengers from Stratos Aeronautical Services of the UK and Honeywell. The service provides each customer with a personal telephone and fax number that never changes regardless of which corporate aircraft they are in at the time.
The new TopFlight satellite data unit (SDU) from Thales is small, light and affordable enough to bring satellite communications to single-aisle and regional airliners.
The new TopFlight satellite data unit (SDU) from Thales is set to be installed on a new-build business aircraft later this year by an as yet unidentified manufacturer. According to the France-based electronics group, the equipment should be certified to support wireless communications for passengers by the second quarter of next year.
Aircraft passengers should be able to use their own cellphones in flight safely and conveniently before the end of this year through a new service developed jointly by satellite operator Inmarsat, aircraft communication systems specialist Arinc and mobile telephone service provider Telenor.
Satcom1, the European satellite communications service provider, is hiring engineers and sales people in Paris and Copenhagen to meet increasing market demand, the company announced. It acts as a consultant to its customers, offering what the company said are unbiased options about voice and data connectivity aboard business aircraft.