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Falcon 7X Offers Option For OnAir Mobile Plus Internet

 - December 11, 2012, 2:50 PM
The owner of this Falcon 7X, shown here on the ramp of Al Maktoum International Airport soon after its arrival for display at MEBA, will be able to simply turn on his cellphone and start using it while in flight, if he opts to buy OnAir’s mobile equipment when available in 2014.

Buyers of Dassault Falcon 7X jets can select the option for installation of OnAir’s mobile telephone and Internet equipment on aircraft delivered in 2014 and beyond. OnAir equipment enables passengers to use their mobile phones and Wi-Fi devices without complicated setup and billing processes–as many visitors to MEBA would have experienced already on Emirates aircraft inbound to Dubai over the past few days.

The Mobile OnAir system includes a base station that automatically lowers the strength of a mobile phone’s transmissions to prevent them from communicating with cell phone antennas on the ground. The base station takes the mobile phone signals, processes them, then sends them via satcom to OnAir’s ground-based communications network and then to the destination. “It works in the same way as international roaming,” according to OnAir, “simply turn on your phone and start using it.” Users are charged calling fees on their normal cellphone bills, so there is no complicated billing system to reconcile.

Internet OnAir creates a Wi-Fi network in the cabin so passengers can connect to the Internet with any Wi-Fi-enabled device. The equipment for a combined Internet and Mobile OnAir system weighs less than 15 kilograms, and 7X buyers can select installation of either or both OnAir systems. The airborne equipment consists of two units called GSMConnex-Aero, which are designed and manufactured by TriaGnoSys and are compatible with Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satcom.

“OnAir is ideal for Dassault’s customers,” said OnAir CEO Ian Dawkins, “because it is simple to use. What could be easier than turning on your phone? You have access to all your contacts, you use your normal number and no one need know where you are.”