Following supplemental type certification of its Simphone OpenCabin airborne telecommunications system for Bombardier’s Global business jet line, TrueNorth Avionics says it is experiencing a run of orders and installations for its software-centric packages.
For at least a decade, the business aviation industry has looked forward to a seamless transition from the office or home to the private jet, with all the same electronic amenities, in particular high-speed Internet connectivity.
By anybody’s measure, the last year has been a big one for Aircell. The number of airline passengers using the company’s Gogo in-flight Internet service grew at an exponential pace (Aircell is about to celebrate the two millionth passenger logon) just as the first business jet passengers started getting their first taste of a truly fast data connection, available anywhere over the continental U.S.
ExecuJet Middle East is now an Aircell-authorized dealer. It is the company’s first appointment in the Middle East as part of a planned expansion. John Wade, senior vice president and general manager for Aircell, said, “We’re pleased to have ExecuJet join our global dealer and distributor network.
At the NBAA Convention in late October, airborne communications provider Aircell announced a major contract with Hawker Beechcraft. The OEM has selected two new Aircell connectivity systems for its line of midsize Hawker business jets. Customers taking delivery of new Hawker 750s and Hawker 900XPs next year can equip their new jet with Aircell high-speed Internet or Aircell SwiftBroadband as part of the completion process.
A fight is brewing between TrueNorth Avionics of Ottawa, Canada, and Aircell, the creator of an air-to-ground broadband data network for aircraft, over a software application that lets TrueNorth and Aircell hardware link to each other.
International Communications Group (ICG) has partnered with Cobham to develop a bundled Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite communications system called Sora. The product is touted as a lighter, smaller and less expensive alternative to a competing system from Aircell and Danish satcom maker Thrane & Thrane.
Airborne communication specialist Aircell has appointed ExecuJet Aviation as its first authorized dealer in the Middle East. ExecuJet operates a business aircraft service facility here at Dubai International Airport and it will be marketing Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solutions for in-flight Internet connections and mobile phones.
A new 43,000-sq-ft hangar has opened on Denton Airport in Texas. Jet Works Air Center’s newest facility is dedicated to maintenance, repair, inspections and avionics installations and will accommodate long-range business jets up to the size of the Boeing 757-200. The facility, which includes 3,000 sq ft of offices and back shop space, joins an existing 66,000-sq-ft facility.
Flight Options plans to equip most of its fleet of fractionally owned business jets with Aircell’s high-speed Internet system, a decision that will give the company’s aircraft owners and jet card customers in-flight Wi-Fi access anywhere over the continental U.S.