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.
Western Aircraft can install Wi-Fi on Falcon 2000EXs equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics using an Aircell CTR router. The work can be done at its Boise, Idaho facility or at Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C. The upgrade provides wireless Internet access in the cabin, allowing users to surf the Internet, send and receive email with attachments and download files while using a laptop, tablet or other mobile device. Western’s Wi-Fi STC works with both Aircell and Thrane & Thrane broadband solutions.
Western Aircraft recently received STC approval for an Aircell-based Wi-Fi system in Falcon 2000EXs with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics. The upgrade brings Wi-Fi to the twinjet using the Aircell CTR router, allowing passengers to access email and surf the Web in the cabin using laptops and mobile devices. Western’s Wi-Fi STC works with both Aircell and Thrane & Thrane broadband solutions. Installations can be done at Western Aircraft’s Boise, Idaho facility or at Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation received STC approval yesterday for a Wi-Fi system, as well as Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet system and a satcom, in a Phenom 300. Constant said this is the first-ever STC of this combination for the Phenom 300. To date, the company has done about 40 installations of this combined Wi-Fi and Gogo Biz system, six of which are in Phenom 300s.
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.”