Satcom Direct, a leading retailer of satellite communications services for aviation, continues to line up deals that should ensure the Melbourne, Fla.-based company suffers few, if any, negative effects from the ailing economy.
Satcom system maker TrueNorth Avionics last month introduced a two-channel airborne telephone system for the cabin called Simphone Prelude that is designed for installation in light jets and turboprops. It is based on Simphone equipment for large jets and features the company’s ClearCall technology, menu-driven handsets and all-digital architecture.
It’s a success story borne of utter failure. Iridium, after the bankruptcy of the original company (which meant a write-off by parent Motorola of the $5 billion it cost to field a 66-satellite low-earth-orbit constellation), said it expects to post a small profit this year on the strength of its commercial services.
“I want what I want, when I want it.” It sounds like the petulant voice of a pampered diva, or a corporate executive with delusions of grandeur. Actually, it’s pretty much any of us. Perhaps not in such a demanding fashion, but we’d all like to have what we want when we want it. And that is pretty much the driving force behind business aircraft cabin furnishings and equipment.
Deliveries of the first RCOM-100 satphone equipment, designed for use with the Globalstar Satellite system, will begin this November, Arnav Systems announced at NBAA 2002. As detailed at the Puyallup, Wash. company’s exhibit (Booth No.
Less than a year after Blue Sky Network (BSN) declared at NBAA ’01 its intent to provide general aviation with more affordable satcom technology, its CEO, Jon Gilbert, is in Orlando announcing FAA certification and deliveries of airborne equipment.
Icarus Instruments of Tokoma Park, Md., has introduced SatTalk II, a low-cost satcom system that uses the Iridium network of satellites to route calls around the globe. The $6,000 system consists of a Motorola Series 9505 portable telephone, aircraft-mounted docking station and external antenna. The satphone can be removed from its docking station and used on battery power on the ground away from the airplane.
Icarus Instruments, the company that gave aviation its first sub-$10,000 satcom system, has unveiled the Sky Connect satphone, a 2.4-gHz cordless handset for use in business aircraft cabins and cockpits. According to Steve Silverman, Icarus president, Sky Connect was developed to provide a low-cost satcom option to the cabin-class market.
Some three months after an enthusiastic announcement, cabin-entertainment specialist Airshow of Tustin, Calif., and low-cost satellite data provider GlobalStar have halted development of high-speed airborne Internet services in light of GlobalStar’s increasingly desperate financial situation.
Cordless cabin telephony with global connectivity at an affordable price is the promise of Belgium’s Orb’Phone, a division of Euro GSM.
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