In a media conference yesterday here at the NBAA convention, Flight Display Systems explained carefully that cabin electronics is sexy, “in spite of the messy nature of the retrofit business.”
Row 44 has received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval to provide broadband connectivity on transatlantic flights, using the T11N North Atlantic oceanic coverage satellite. “This license creates complete seamlessness for Row 44’s broadband across the Atlantic,” said chief commercial officer Howard Lefkowitz.
Passengers travelling in Comlux The Aviation Group’s new executive Airbus A319s will be able to remain in touch during flights using their personal cellphones, thanks to OnAir’s in-flight connectivity service. With the service, sending and receiving voice calls and text messages, e-mails and mobile data transfer are possible.
The market for in-flight connectivity is about to step up a gear as passenger power pushes demand to be able to use personal smart phones, laptops and tablet devices, according to leading provider OnAir.
Innotech Aviation has awarded California-based wireless technology specialist Esoteric of Irvine, Calif. an order for 35 ship sets of its SkyPad wireless in-flight entertainment system for Bombardier and Cessna business jets.
According to Innotech, SkyPad is the industry’s first wireless in-flight entertainment and cabin control system integrated with the iPad and Innotech’s I-Ku system through Ku-band Internet.
OnAir (Stand 1635) is installing its Mobile OnAir connectivity system in Comlux’s Airbus ACJ319. The system will allow passengers to use their mobile phones and smartphones in flight, when the aircraft enters service in January next year. The service enables calls, text messages, email and Internet surfing. Usage is billed by the passenger’s mobile operator.
For a decade, Custom Control Concepts (Stand 683) has been quietly making name for itself in the cabin electronics side of the business aircraft completion and refurbishment industry, providing everything from all-digital high-definition entertainment to cabin management.
Geneva-based air/ground communication specialist OnAir, which had originally restricted its in-flight personal cellphone user system to the airline industry, has responded to demand by expanding availability of its service to the business aviation industry.
Jet Aviation and ACC Columbia of Hannover, Germany, have agreed to install the equipment on a range of business jets.
Aircell (Booth 3737) is celebrating rapid adoption of its Gogo Biz high-speed in-flight Internet service capability by business jet OEMs and charter and fractional operators in the wake of its Gogo service's near-saturation of the air transport market.
Inmarsat announced plans to introduce by 2014 a Ka-band satellite broadband service that would be far faster, cost less per megabit and require smaller antennas than competing Ku-band services.
Offering a blistering 50 megabit-per-second maximum data rate in flight, Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service is sure to give pause to anyone who had been thinking about equipping with a Ku-band satellite data system.