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SmartSky Networks is a next-generation communications
provider bringing what it calls the first airborne 4G LTE-based
wireless network to the aviation market. SmartSky plans to
beta-launch its air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G, in late
2015, followed by the rollout of nationwide commercial service
in 2016. The company said SmartSky 4G will provide more
than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently available on the market.
service works in both directions: airborne passengers receiving a call also are presented with Caller ID. The globalVT
application works like any other smartphone calling or texting
application, including integration of personalized ring tones
and on-device contact lists.
Satcom Direct said it has more than 375 cellular roaming agreements throughout the world, and its coverage map
includes broad swaths of North and South America, Europe,
Asia and Australia. According to the company, anyone in
the world can make a phone call to an aircraft anywhere
else in the world using its service. The globalVT application
also adds international calling prefixes required when dialing. Aircraft requirements include a Satcom Direct router and
SwiftBroadband service. According to the company, dozens
of STCs are available for Satcom Direct installations, which
is a scalable platform capable of incorporating existing and
planned communications services.
To learn more, visit satcomdirect.com.
Shadin Avionics specializes in the design, manufacture,
support and distribution of air data, fuel flow, engine trend
monitoring and other instrumentation for turbine- and pistonpowered fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft for the military and
the general and corporate aviation markets. The company's
latest offering is the USB-based recorder upgrade for the company's existing engine trend monitoring equipment.
The new upgrade is available for more
than 1,000 ETM devices aboard more than
USB ETM recorder
40 aircraft models and eliminates
the system's legacy hardware,
including the key, key reader
and the recorder itself. In its
place, substantially greater
storage capacity - 2 gigabytes
- is provided as well as the USB
interface itself. The new upgrade
is TSO'd, is a plug-and-play
replacement for Shadin's legacy ETM
hardware, reduces the system's complexity
and lowers overall costs of engine trend monitoring, according to the company. The upgrade stores
thousands of hours of data and allows more frequent engine
parameter sampling than what it replaces.
Shadin also brought its RemoteFlo fuel-flow instrument
to the AEA Convention. The RemoteFlo has a retail price of
$ 2,500 and provides the company's industry-standard fuel
flow management tools in a behind-the-panel solution. The
RemoteFlo requires no panel space and enables Shadin fuel
flow data to be added to a primary or secondary flight display supporting ARINC 429 and/or RS-232 data transfers. It
weighs less than a pound and also is TSO'd.
To learn more, visit shadin.com.
According to the company, that kind of airborne bandwidth
results from three key ingredients. The first is a " patented 4G
LTE-based technology with beamforming," allowing the network to target each participating aircraft, even in congested
airspace. Second, SmartSky 4G uses a real-time, groundbased network, eliminating frustrating latency characteristics
of satellite-based systems. It also makes the network scalable
and affordable when compared to space-based systems.
Third, the company said it has " cracked the code" on ways to
reuse available spectrum, resulting in a 60-MHz-wide " pipe"
to and from the aircraft, which is 15 times that available from
competitors, according to the company. The result, according
to SmartSky, is a robust in-flight experience, enabling multiple
passengers to do anything they want, simultaneously, including live video conferences and movie streaming.
SmartSky also announced Kontron as a technology connectivity partner. Kontron's addition as a SmartSky-approved
partner gives customers a greater choice in selecting their
preferred cabin Wi-Fi access point hardware for connecting
to SmartSky 4G, the company said. Kontron installations are
aboard a variety of aircraft, from business jets to the Airbus
A330 and Boeing 767s, and the company is a well-established
and proven supplier to the aviation industry. SmartSky said its
partnership with Kontron will allow it to offer an affordable, yet
highly capable, next-generation CWAP option.
To learn more, visit smartskynetworks.com.
Trig Avionics' new products include the TY96 (10 watt)
and TY97 (16 watt) aviation radios, which the company
said help define a new standard in dual 25 kHz and 8.33
kHz transceiver design. Both feature a slimline case only
1.3 inches high, saving valuable panel space, and include
innovative and practical features like " Push Step," which
allows faster tuning. Another feature is " Say Again," which
plays back the most recent transmission received, saving
a pilot the embarrassment of asking ATC to repeat a message, and can be a real advantage to students and even
experienced pilots. Also, an emergency button automatically sets the 121.5 MHz and appropriate volume levels,
helping the pilot make a successful transmission in what
may be a stressful situation. Finally, both radios include
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