Greenwich AeroGroup is offering demonstrations of LiveTV’s satellite communications LiveAero Wi-Fi broadband data and voice system in its booth (No. C4711). The Wichita-based supplier is also demonstrating AirSatOne’s FlightStream AOC compression, acceleration and shared caching product with the LiveAero system.
Satellite communications service provider Satcom Direct has unveiled the company’s first certified aviation hardware product, a router that integrates with any satcom and manages cabin communications, runs software apps and connects to 3G/4G cellular networks. The new Satcom Direct Router (SDR) weighs less than 10 pounds, meets DO-160G and DO-178B Level E (soon D) standards and will be available in May. “We wanted to make this [router] as robust and flexible as possible,” said Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct founder and owner.
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.
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.
Atlantic Aviation has launched a multimillion-dollar program to upgrade its facilities at a dozen airports, including major additions at five of its FBOs. At Houston Hobby Airport the company will construct a 17,000-sq-ft, two-story environmentally friendly executive terminal with 5,400 sq ft of office space, and two additional hangars totaling 80,000 sq ft of space. The project, expected to be completed by the end of 2015, will see the site’s ramp space more than triple to 6.7 acres.
Atlantic Aviation has launched a multi-million-dollar program to upgrade its facilities at a dozen airports, including major additions at five of its FBOs.
West Star Aviation recently received FAA approval for a supplemental type certificate enabling Wi-Fi on Falcon 2000s and 2000EXs equipped with Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21. The project was completed at the West Star Aviation East Alton, Ill. location. The True North Chorus was used for Iridium data via Wi-Fi, while the Inmarsat solution was provided via the EMS CNX-200 and Honeywell HD-710 swift broadband pipe. According to West Start Aviation, the STC is considered to be Wi-Fi tolerant, allowing for other manufacturers’ routers to be enabled.
Manchester Boston Regional Airport-based Pro Star Aviation has received FAA approval for an STC to install the Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 SwiftBroadband system with Wi-Fi in the Pilatus PC-12/45/47/47E. According to the company, it is the lightest, most compact airborne broadband solution on the market and simultaneously provides ramp-to-altitude worldwide data and voice. The Aviator 200 allows in-flight e-mail, Internet browsing, smartphone connectivity and one high-quality, low-cost AMBE2 voice channel. Multiple users can access the broadband system at speeds up to 200 kilobytes per second.
NavWorx added Wi-Fi support to its line of ADS-B receivers and Universal Access Transceivers (UAT), enabling the exchange of data wirelessly with portable and panel-mounted display devices such as Garmin avionics and the Apple iPad. Its Wi-Fi-enabled WxBox can also receive free broadcast weather from a nationwide network of ADS-B stations. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi allows its ADS600-B UAT to wirelessly transmit ADS-B/TIS-B traffic and FIS-B weather and flight information to devices.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has developed a Wi-Fi STC for the Bombardier Challenger 300, Global Express and Global Express XRS. The new STC joins existing Wi-Fi STCs for the Gulfstream V, Challenger 605, Learjet 40 and Learjet 45. Wi-Fi coverage is now available for both domestic and international operations, providing full Internet functionality in the aircraft.