ViaSat today named Satcom Direct a reseller of its new Yonder Ku-band satellite broadband service for business jets. Based on ViaSat’s ArcLight technology and using a lightweight, 12-inch antenna, Yonder is capable of providing download speeds of up to 10 megabits per second in flight. The service is available over North America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, Europe, the North Pacific and the Arabian Gulf.
DeCrane Aircraft Holdings’ e-Cabin.Connect system, featuring long-awaited 512-kbps high-speed in-flight Internet access, is in the final stage of testing and the El Segundo, Calif.-based company expects to begin deliveries by late December.
Flight Display Systems and The Maintenance Group last week won an FAA STC for Ellipse TV, their new low-cost ($99,650 uninstalled) airborne satellite TV system.
Sky Connect at Booth No. 1935 is showcasing its Iridium-based satellite communication capabilities while highlighting its expansion into the marine, land-mobile and indoor markets. Based in part on its success penetrating the rotorcraft market, the company has hired Joel Goron, former Cygnus Business Media publisher and sales director, to oversee expansion of Sky Connect’s distribution network into non-aviation markets.
Arinc Direct customers will soon be discovering new horizons. The business division of Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc expects to expand coverage of its Skylink in-flight satellite Ku broadband service to include the Caribbean, the North Atlantic and a “substantial” portion of Central and South America before year-end. Skylink service over North America has been available since 2005, and service over Europe was added last year.
Honeywell’s AIS-2000 OneView multi-region satellite television receiver has received FAA certification in four business jets–the Gulfstream IV; Bombardier Global Express and Challenger 604; and Boeing Business Jet. The system provides worldwide television viewing in airspace above the U.S., Canada and Western Europe, where the tail-mounted antenna has provided good reception performance, according to Honeywell.
German firm QEST (Booth No. 4672) is here at NBAA presenting its line of compact satellite communications antennas with new superconducting sensor and micro-cooling technology. The company said the antennas offer about twice the performance of existing models at half the size.
During a short trip aloft from Newcastle International Airport in Northern England, passengers along for a demonstration flight aboard a Boeing Business Jet were treated to a sampling of top stories from BBC World News, courtesy of in-flight entertainment system supplier Airia. But they weren’t able to switch over to watch their favorite sitcoms or game shows.
Live tv over the ocean? It’s not possible today, and traditional direct broadcast satellite television providers are unlikely to have a business model for such services anytime soon. But Boeing and Rockwell Collins do.
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