Satellite communications capabilities on board commercial aircraft have advanced rapidly in recent years with airline passengers using broadband Internet, WiFi, text messaging and mobile phones in flight and now business aircraft users are starting to reap the rewards.
Despite some stiff economic headwinds, avionics manufacturers attending last month’s Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Convention in Grapevine, Texas, showed their resilience by introducing more than 30 new products for the cockpit
Avionics makers today unveiled a host of new products at the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Grapevine, Texas, providing a hopeful sign that the general aviation industry can brush off the effects of a bad economy. Aircell caused the biggest stir at a well attended new products introduction session this morning by announcing that its Axxess-compatible in-flight broadband system for business jets will be available in July.
This year manufacturers brought to market a number of electronics calculated to bring a smile to the face of even the most jaded business jet owner.
Following a successful launch and glowing reviews of its GoGo in-flight Internet service with the airlines in late summer, Aircell was at the NBAA Convention in October promoting the broadband service to the business aviation market and now says it will be available this spring.
The recent addition of the Hawker 1000 to Haggan Aviation’s repair station certificate makes the company eligible to work on all Hawker Beechcraft models from the 1A through the 1000.
Haggan Aviation has provided routine and heavy maintenance on Hawkers and Learjets since 1996 and recently delivered its first Hawker 1000 48-month/16-year inspection with a complete interior refurbishment.
Aircell is introducing two pricing plans for its air-to-ground broadband Internet service. The first, for those who seek e-mail and “light” Internet access using a BlackBerry or other Wi-Fi-enabled PDA, will cost $895 a month for an always-available link. Faster Internet access, at download speeds averaging approximately two megabits per second, will cost $1,995 per month.
Aircell’s air-to-ground broadband Internet service is poised for significant growth following the announcement that Delta Air Lines plans to equip its entire mainline fleet of 330 airplanes with hardware needed to access the service, as well as the news that Aircell is about to install the system in the first customer business jet.
The next time you hop on a commercial flight–or a business jet, for that matter–to come to an NBAA Convention, you might have the opportunity to access Aircell’s air-to-ground broadband Internet service from the comfort of your seat.
AirCell, the Louisville, Colo. company that pioneered airborne cellular communication technology in the 1990s, has gained patent approval for a new type of communications system that will let passengers use their personal cellphones to place calls in flight over much of the U.S.
Jet Works Air Center recently broke ground on its 43,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar expansion in Denton, Texas. It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year and will include 40,000 sq ft for additional aircraft maintenance and repair, inspections and avionics installations. Similar to the existing Jet Works facility, the new hangar will also accommodate long-range business jets such as the Global Express and Gulfstream V.