As Inmarsat prepares to launch the first Global Xpress Ka-band satellite later this year, Honeywell engineers have successfully completed the preliminary design review of satcom hardware that will be installed in aircraft. The review covered the satcom terminals and antenna subsystems that Honeywell will manufacture for commercial and business aircraft. This included “external interface control documents and fuselage- and tail-mount antenna specifications,” according to the company.
From satellite communications equipment, to surveillance cameras, to life-support equipment, electronics systems and safety equipment, Cobham is displaying a wide-range of products at Heli-Expo ’13.
“We do really well with special-mission operators such as air medical, law enforcement or oil exploration,” Rob Creighton, marketing manager for Cobham Aerospace Communications, told AIN. “Anyone who has a determined task to perform.”
AirSatOne released a new version of the Flightstream AOC AvSat router with a wireless interface to already installed and certified airborne Wi-Fi systems. The Flightstream router is classified as a portable electronic device and thus “operational approval is covered under the original Wi-Fi STC,” according to AirSatOne. Available now at a retail price of $7,330, the Flightstream router helps make communications between mobile devices and airborne telecom systems more efficient by optimizing, accelerating and compressing satcom messages.
Satcom Direct of Satellite Beach, Fla., will be touring the U.S. during June and July to promote new products and features, including updates on new mobile applications, maintenance training and troubleshooting.
Free training for Satcom Direct users includes hands-on work in the Satcom Direct mobile lab, a 40-foot Monaco Diplomat Coach, and features services from satellite providers Inmarsat, ViaSat Yonder and Iridium.
Buyers of Dassault Falcon 7X jets can select the option for installation of OnAir’s mobile telephone and Internet equipment on aircraft delivered in 2014 and beyond.
Buyers of Dassault Falcon 7X jets can select the option for installation of OnAir’s mobile telephone and Internet equipment on aircraft delivered in 2014 and beyond. OnAir equipment enables passengers to use their mobile phones and Wi-Fi devices without complicated setup and billing processes–as many visitors to MEBA would have experienced already on Emirates aircraft inbound to Dubai over the past few days.
International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., has developed a new “eRouter” series that it describes as “a new, intelligent data management system and communications access point that will be available in three different versions.
The baseline variant–ERT-100 and ERT-120–will perform data routing functions, while the ERT-140 also provides such enhanced features as VoIP, analog and digital telephony and data transfer improvements such as acceleration and compression.
At the NBAA Convention, Arinc Direct unveiled its new ADConnect app for Apple and Android devices, further demonstrating the flexibility and capability of modern smartphones. ADConnect allows passengers to use their smartphones instead of onboard handsets to make satcom calls, all without installing additional equipment. ADConnect costs $9.99 at the Apple App Store or Google Play (Android).
Global mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has signed a master distribution agreement with Honeywell for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite service that includes a long-term joint marketing deal to bring the product to business aviation. According to Inmarsat, the agreement involves a “significant five-year capacity purchase by Honeywell” and reserve capacity up to 2021.
Inmarsat and OnAir have signed a contract finalizing the appointment of OnAir as the first aviation distribution partner for Global Xpress, a cabin communication system described as “the first global Ka-band network to provide in-flight broadband connectivity for the aeronautical market.”