Satcom Direct (Booth 455) has signed an agreement with Honeywell to be a distributor for the Inmarsat GX Aviation Ka-band service, for which Honeywell itself is a value-added reseller. The Florida-based communications specialist will also be a distributor of GX avionics equipment. The service is scheduled to be commercially available early in 2015 and is designed to offer “consistent, high-capacity broadband coverage around the world.” For example, users should be able to stream Internet content live or hold uninterrupted video calls from 30,000 feet.
OnAir has signed its first executive contract and will provide its Mobile OnAir package for installation in an Airbus A319 owned by a Middle East customer. Using GPRS and GMS networks, the service will provide full voice and data connectivity, allowing in-flight use of BlackBerry-type devices and personal cellphones.
Market research firm Amstat, Tinton Falls, N.J. (Booth No. 2623), announced a new service that allows customers to access market updates via e-mail and text messages. Subscribers can select the market segments for which they wish to receive updates and have them sent to their PC, PDA or mobile phone.
In addition to producing its familiar oversized yellow publication Trade-A-Plane people are enthusiastic about something totally new these days–access to the company’s WeatherTAP online weather service through a Pocket PC.