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.”
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., recently received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for in-flight Wi-Fi operations in Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX aircraft equipped with Thrane & Thrane.
The certification allows SwiftBroadband aircraft Wi-Fi service in the cabin by upgrading the Thrane & Thrane Swift 64 Aero HSD+ satellite communication system to the SwiftBroadband Aviator 700. SwiftBroadband provides high-speed, in-flight Internet connectivity, allowing passengers to use personal communication devices, such as iPads, laptops, BlackBerrys and iPhones.
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Duncan Aviation has received Service Mark approval by the United States Patent and Trademark office for its iCabin, an integrated iPad application for wireless control of cabin systems in a Falcon 900 using an Aircell CTR Wi-Fi source and an interface unit to communicate instructions to Honeywell’s MH CMS.
JetCorp Technical Services of Chesterfield, Mo., has received an STC for the Aircell cabin telecommunications router (CTR) on a Challenger 300. Installation and certification of the CTR provides in-cabin Wi-Fi capability for Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet connection.
TrueNorth Avionics has introduced a more compact Wi-Fi cabin-networking device, dubbed TrueNorth Express+, that “easily, effectively, securely and affordably” manages all wireless cabin communications.
According to Honeywell, tests during installation of a Wi-Fi system in an airliner found that LCDs in the airplane experienced a “momentary blanking… when exposed to higher-than-normal levels of electrical interference. STC [supplemental type certificate] testing is conducted before aircraft are certified to fly. There are no instances of a Honeywell screen blanking in flight.
Duncan Aviation has received a supplemental type certificate for installation of Aircell's cabin telecommunications router, which supports Wi-Fi access in the cabin for Aircell's Gogo Biz inflight Internet service. The STCs are applicable for the Hawker 800XP and 850XP, and the Falcon 900, 2000 and 2000EX EASy.
As demand to surf the Internet in flight grows, Duncan Aviation continues to develop supplemental type certificates (STC) to do just that. The MRO’s latest STC is for the installation of Aircell’s cabin telecommunication router, which provides Wi-Fi access in the cabin for Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service. The new STCs apply to the Hawker 800XP/850XP/900XP and Falcon 2000/2000EX EASy.