Iridium’s new chief executive comes to the job following seven consecutive quarters of profitability and with plans in place to replace the communication network’s constellation of 66 satellites starting in 2013.
International Communications Group (Hall 4 Stand C96) of Newport News, Virginia, announced a new cordless Iridium phone for business aircraft cabins. The handset incorporates active noise reduction technology as well as an auto shutoff feature that helps preserve battery life. The handset is compatible with all models of Iridium communications transceivers sold by ICG, the company said.
Just three weeks into his new job as CEO of Iridium Satellite, Matthew Desch is here in Orlando with a message. “Yes, Iridium is still around, and not only around but enjoying strong growth.”
International Water-Guard, a specialist in aircraft water treatment and water systems, has signed an agreement with UK-based Reheat International of Alton, Hampshire, for distribution and maintenance of its water-treatment products for European business aviation. “Business aviation is on a growth curve and we wanted to ensure maximum penetration of one of its largest regions,” said David Fox, president and CEO of International Water-Guard.
Iridium said the number of aircraft fitted with its satellite communications equipment has grown by more than 100 percent in the last year. Iridium subscribers in the aviation market recently surpassed 5,000, the company announced, adding that the number of aircraft fitted with Iridium-based data systems has grown 200 percent in the last 12 months.
AirCare’s Facts program now offers hypoxia training at customers’ facilities. Instead of an altitude chamber, the Olympia, Wash. cabin safety and service training company uses a “reduced oxygen breathing device” to change the composition of the gas mixture inhaled to simulate altitudes up to 30,000 feet.
Aero Battery of Cincinnati has received its first FAA Diamond Award, with all of the company’s technicians having received FAA-approved training last year. Aero Battery has been selling and servicing aviation lead acid and nickel-cadmium batteries since 1973 to operators in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
Fractional provider NetJets has ordered 50 AirCell ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication systems for its fleet of Hawker 400XP light business jets. The satellite phones will be installed in the 400XPs before retail delivery at Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio, in the coming months, according to AirCell, which began marketing Iridium services in 2002.
David Allen has been an aircraft detailer for almost 15 years. His Orlando-based Allen Groupe details aircraft interiors and exteriors out of locations in Indianapolis (IND), Atlanta (PDK), Orlando (MCO and ORL) and Palm Beach (PBI). “XZilon is the first product that I’ve found that can back up its claims scientifically, verified by an independent lab,” he told AIN.
The end product may not be Perrier, but it’s just as tasty and just as clean. It’s what comes out of the business end of International Water Guard’s (IWG) ultraviolet water treatment units, and the Burnaby, B.C. company has just shipped its 1,000th unit.