Satcom Direct (Booth No. 1949) announced Tuesday the launch of FlightDeck Freedom, a new in-flight datalink communications service that allows customers to choose their own provider.
The company that has given satcom service providers the most competition in the phone and Internet arena will now compete in the market for airborne flight-information services, too.
Gulfstream has selected AirCell’s Axxess cabin communications system as standard equipment aboard its line of large-cabin business jets spanning the G300 through G550.
AirCell is at NBAA 2007 heralding next year’s launch of new broadband services as modular options to its Axxess cabin system. The company is at Booth No. 1630 offering details about its own broadband system, which will operate domestically over the exclusive, dedicated frequencies the FCC awarded to AirCell last year, as well as the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service offering global in-flight voice and data at up to 432 kbps per channel.
Hours before its Monday morning press briefing, EMS Satcom received word from Inmarsat headquarters in London that its eNfusion HSD-400 high-speed airborne data terminal has been approved as the first commercially available product for use with Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband network.
Satcom Direct (Booth No. 1949) yesterday introduced FlightDeck Freedom, a suite of datalink services designed to let business jet crews use existing data communications links to receive content from the flight-information providers of their choice.
Satcom makers International Communications Group (Booth No. 3705) and Thrane & Thrane (Booth No. 645) said they are teaming to integrate Iridium and Inmarsat satellite services in a single product.
TrueNorth Avionics (Booth No. 4908) is showcasing its Simphone (pronounced “symphony”) in-flight satphone line here this week, including the recently introduced Chorus, Duo and Solo systems.
“After two years of design work we are extremely pleased the hard work of our TrueNorth Avionics team has come to fruition,” said Mark van Berkel, founder, president and CEO of the Ottawa, Canada-based company.
Hoping to avoid a repeat of the congestion delays that have plagued users of its Swift64 aero satcom data network, Inmarsat plans to limit use of its forthcoming SwiftBroadband service by business jet passengers. Users will be allowed access to just two channels of SwiftBroadband at a time, the company said, providing passengers with maximum download connection speeds of 864 kilobits per second.
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.