Honeywell and Inmarsat announced completion of an exclusive agreement for Honeywell to develop onboard hardware for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress high-speed satcom system. Global Xpress will use three Ka-band Boeing 702 HP satellites to cover most of the world except remote polar regions with broadband connections of up to 5 Mbps uplink and 50 Mbps downlink. Airtime is expected to cost much less than current Ku-band satcom.
Plans for Rockwell Collins to introduce high-speed satcom using the Inmarsat Global Express Ka-band broadband system in 2014 have changed as the two companies “recently discontinued negotiations on an agreement to develop a joint global Ka broadband solution for the aviation industry,” according to Rockwell Collins. “Accordingly, Rockwell Collins is evaluating alternative broadband solutions as part of its continued commitment to provide comprehensive connectivity offerings.”
West Star Aviation has been awarded STC approval to install Wi-Fi on the Gulfstream V. The certification includes connectivity via Inmarsat Swift Broadband and the Aircell Gogo Biz networks using the Aircell CTR wireless router. According to Rick Brainard, v-p of sales, “The installation was completed on a West Coast-based Part 135-operated Gulfstream V. The operator is well known for providing global charter services, and the addition of providing both terrestrial and satellite-based broadband wirelessly will be attractive to its clients.”
Inmarsat Global Xpress announced today it had named Aircell as a distribution partner for Inmarsat’s airborne broadband service for business aviation. The two companies will begin in-flight testing of the Global Xpress aeronautical services after the launch of the first Inmarsat-5 satellite, which is scheduled for mid-2013, with regional service to start later that year and worldwide coverage in 2014.
Satcom1 has announced the launch of Flight Billing, a new Inmarsat SwiftBroadband-based billing program for charter, fractional and other business jet operators, as well as airlines. The systems has been developed to make passenger communications billing easier and more efficient, lessening the risk to providers of large communication charges by automatically charging usage on each flight to a specific customer, according to Satcom1.
International Communications Group (ICG) is teaming with Overlook Consulting to bring operational approval services for future air navigation system (Fans1/A) and polar routing to pilots and flight departments using ICG’s NxtLink Iridium transceivers.
Independent completion and refurbishment center BaySys Technologies of Melfa, Va., has concluded that service over a Ku-band satellite system “provides a significant service improvement for its customers as compared to the Inmarsat-based data solutions.”
BaySys is therefore developing a solution to integrate the Ku-band satellite antenna system into its aircraft offerings for cabin communication service.
With a narrower pipe but greater reach for voice and data than its rival Inmarsat, the Iridium satellite network is becoming increasingly relevant for aircraft cockpits.
Brazil’s Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil has approved the installation of Aircell’s Aviator 300 and 350 satcom systems in the Airbus A319 and Cessna CJ3. According to Aircell, these are the first Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcoms approved in Brazil. TAM Aviação Executiva in São Paolo installed the Aviator 300 for a corporate operator.
Aircell announced today at Labace that two members of its global dealer network have received from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) installation certifications for the Aviator 300 and Aviator 350. According to the Broomfield, Colo.-based company, they are the first approvals of SwiftBroadband-based communications systems in Brazil.