Flexjet, Bombardier’s U.S.-based fractional ownership operation, has confirmed the first firm orders for three of the airframer’s new Learjet 70 business aircraft. In May, the operator announced plans to become the launch customer for the new light jet and the Learjet 75, both of which are derivatives of the 40-series Learjets.
Jet Aviation has received a European supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Aircell’s Aviator 200 system on the Dassault Falcon 2000LX jet. The Aviator 200 enables near-global email and voice capabilities via Inmarsat’s satellite-based SwiftBroadband service powered by Thrane & Thrane. A complete package costs $60,000, including installation.
Nextant Aerospace has been awarded several new supplemental type certificates for the 400XT, including STCs for the Rockwell Collins Venue in-flight entertainment system and the Aircell Axxess cabin communication system featuring high-speed wireless Internet connectivity and dual-channel satellite phone service. Nextant also received STCs for additional avionics options, many of which help to pave the way for final certification by the EASA.
Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair announced on Tuesday that its entire fleet of fractional Piaggio Avantis will soon feature airborne high-speed Internet. The company is now installing Aircell ATG 5000 communications systems in its twin-turboprop fleet and expects to complete the work this summer. The ATG 5000 covers the continental U.S. above 10,000 feet and portions of Alaska, providing broadband connection via a nationwide network of ground stations.
Aircell, a provider of in-flight connectivity for business aviation, has established an aviation scholarship program in conjunction with the AEA Educational Foundation. The $2,500 Aircell Scholarship will be available each year to high-school seniors and/or college students who plan to attend, or are already attending, an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program. The intent of the scholarship is to identify and reward those individuals who best exemplify the qualities that lead to success in the aviation industry.
Canadian aviation services center Flying Colours has been appointed an authorized reseller and installation facility for ViaSat, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based provider of satellite high-speed Internet equipment and services.
The agreement allows Flying Colours to promote and sell ViaSat’s VMT-1500 ship-set to its global client base. And Flying Colours has plenty of global aspirations.
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.
Constant Aviation has completed a sixth STC for installing Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Wi-Fi Internet system. This latest approval is for the Citation X and is the MRO’s third STC completed this year. “We are making significant investments in our internal design and engineering department in an effort to better support our STC and modification initiatives.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation has completed an STC for Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet and Wi-Fi system in the Phenom 300. It is the first such approval for the Phenom 300 and includes a satellite phone.
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.