Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Banyan Air Service is offering upgrade solutions for the more than 1,100 operators flying with Magnastar equipment. The Magnastar is a legacy in-flight telephone system found in most GIIIs and GIVs, Challenger 601s through 604s and some Falcons, Brian Wilson, Banyan director of avionics, told AIN.
The era of the Airfone air-to-ground radiotelephone system comes to an end on December 31 when Aircell, the new owner of the Airfone network, plans to shut the service down. Aircell purchased the Airfone network from LiveTV earlier this year and will use the Airfone frequencies to expand and meet growing demand for its Gogo and Gogo Biz airborne broadband Internet services. The Airfone frequencies are adjacent to those used by the Gogo service.
Elkhart, Ind.-based charter operator Travel Management is installing Aircell’s Gogo Biz high-speed Internet service across its entire fleet of 70 Hawker 400XPs and 800XPs. It expects installations of the system to be completed by October. The company began introducing Gogo Biz aboard its 800XPs last year.
Aircell will sponsor the process to obtain supplemental type certificates (STCs) for European operators that choose to have its Aviator 200 SwiftBroadband satellite communications system installed. The company has signed an agreement with P3 Voith Aerospace of Hamburg to develop the STCs for Aviator 200 installations in Europe.
The program includes a complete, no-cost STC for operators that have the Aviator 200 system installed by an authorized Aircell dealer and also activate a new SwiftBroadband service under its monthly plan, said the company.
Aircell recently completed its acquisition of Airfone from LiveTV. The agreement includes LiveTV’s 1-MHz air-to-ground spectrum license, as well as the Airfone in-flight communications service, network infrastructure and back-office operational assets. To expand capabilities, Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Internet service will branch into Airfone’s frequencies, which are adjacent to those currently used by Gogo and Gogo Biz. To accommodate this expansion, the Airfone service will be permanently decommissioned on December 31.
Constant Aviation has been named one of the top five highest-performing Aircell dealers. Constant Aviation’s Wi-Fi STCs include the Hawker 800A/XP, 850XP, 900XP, the Citation X, the Phenom 300, the Legacy 600 and the EMB-135LR. STCs on the Beechjet 400A/XP and executive-configured Boeing 737 are in the final stages of FAA approval.
Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service for business aircraft will be expanded to include coverage over Canada starting in the first quarter of next year, the company announced today. At present, Gogo Biz allows passengers and flight crews to have high-speed Internet access above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices. No roaming fees will be assessed when using Gogo Biz in Canada, Aircell noted.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation has been named a top-10 dealer for Aircell products. The MRO surpassed $1.5 million in sales with Aircell for 2012.
The business aviation community came together last night in support of the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the industry charity that arranges for cancer patients to fly to treatment in empty seats on business aircraft. At this year’s NBAA-CAN Soiree in Orlando, attendees participated in both a silent and live auction.
Inflight connectivity and services provider Aircell (Booth No. 510) announced that charter and management provider Avjet has passed the mid-point in a program to equip its charter fleet with Aircell’s Gogo Biz inflight Internet service.
Gogo Biz offers coverage over the continental U.S. and most of southeast Alaska above 10,000 feet. Data transfer rates of up to 3.1 mbps allow passengers and crew to access the Internet through personal Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices.