Avionics News January 2017 - 30
STAYING CONNECTED IN FLIGHT
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connectivity to passengers, but opens up a world of
connected Honeywell services to GA pilots such as weather
services, flight planning tools and communication with
flight dispatchers or FBOs.
"Building on our first-generation AeroWave 100,
BendixKing is excited to enhance the system with a simpler
install process and easier passenger access to in-flight
internet," said Justin Ryan, president of BendixKing. "The
new antenna and routers reduce the system weight, install
and setup time, and component count.
"When you combine that with our simple per-hour plan,
which eliminates the potential surprise data charges often
seen on plans billed by the amount of data used ... it is now
easier than ever for passengers and crew to stay connected."
Connext offers operators with certain optional
equipment connectivity options beyond the two-way
connectivity between Garmin avionics and portable
devices running Garmin Pilot.
In addition to the Flight Stream 110/210, customers
can take advantage of existing Connext services with
Garmin's Iridium-based datalink, the GSR 56. Featuring
worldwide weather capability, pilots have access to
METARs, TAFs and winds aloft around the globe.
Additionally, radar and satellite imagery for Western
Europe, Canada, Australia and the U.S. provide pilots
with even more weather products so it's easy to determine
if precipitation or cloud cover will impact a particular
flight. The GSR 56 also provides voice, text messaging
and position reporting services (subscription required),
giving pilots the voice and data connectivity they need in
And Garmin's newest Flight Stream product, the 510,
is a patented memory card that expands on the services
available with the GSR 56 hardware.
The 510 enables Database Concierge wireless avionics
database updates to installed avionics equipment
such as the GTN 750 and 650 all-in-one navigators/
communicators, as well as these capabilities:
* Permits two-way flight plan transfers between
compatible apps and avionics.
* Initiate phone calls and send/receive text messages
from contacts on your Apple device, using the
Garmin Pilot app through your compatible avionics,
optional Connext datalink and a subscription
Streams traffic, weather, GPS information and
backup attitude information from your avionics to
select portables and mobile devices.
Gogo Business Aviation
Among the older companies vying for a share of the
in-flight connectivity business is a company founded on its
in-flight phone products, Gogo - formerly Aircell. From
an idea born in 1991, Aircell began service with in-flight
aircraft phones in 1997; after the name change - to better
impart the company's more diverse business lines - Gogo
today offers several solutions for in-flight voice and internet
access suitable for smaller aircraft.
Among its latest products, the ATG 1000 offers basic
connectivity plus services beyond the basic. For business
passengers who want to stay ahead in flight, the ATG 1000
lets them send and receive emails, use their own smartphone
- with its unique phone number - to make calls and send
Gogo calls the ATG 1000 its "most affordable system"
yet it's still capable of handling large files, fast, thanks to
Gogo Biz network's speedy performance - which includes
coverage throughout the U.S. and portions of Canada and
For dedicated in-flight internet access, Gogo offers
its Aviator 200 system. The Aviator 200 package makes
possible practical and cost-effective SwiftBroadband service
for any aircraft. That means passengers can use their laptops,
tablets or smartphones to securely log on to corporate
networks, to transfer data and send/receive email. With data
speeds several times faster than dial-up, the Aviator 200
lets business flyers do everything they do on the ground as
they're cruising miles above it, even if that means simply
Ottawa-based TrueNorth Avionics is another leader in
this technology, offering its Optelity Systems for voice,
an internet router, Wi-Fi, voice over internet protocol and
compatibility with smartphone, tablets, Ethernet handsets
and TrueNorth's own custom-finished Stylus handsets. The
system's small size and power efficiency make it a prospect
for a range of business and private aircraft.
TrueNorth's Simphonē Mobile GSM provides business
aviation with the first and only GSM system specifically
geared to long-range business jets - which means it works
on short domestic legs as well as it does at longer ranges.
Simphonē Mobile GSM lets passengers and crew talk and
text in flight using their own phones.
No extra apps required nor a need to register with a