Posted on: 11 November 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Acropolis Aviation has received approval from EASA to implement Rockwell Collins’ Skybox in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system on-board its flagship Airbus ACJ319 aircraft, G-NOAH.
Skybox contains one terabyte of on-board storage capacity (equivalent to approximately 400 feature films) and can securely stream digital rights management Hollywood-protected films to any device brought on-board, including tablets and smartphones.
Alternatively, DRM-approved films can be accessed from the Aspinal leather encased iPads now offered to clients flying on G-NOAH.
Acropolis has complemented Skybox with Satcom Direct’s SkyTicket billing system which allocates each flight with a unique password to accurately record internet usage. SkyTicket enables passengers to log-on securely to browse the internet, use WhatsApp, update social media or simply manage emails.
“We have enjoyed a good working relationship with both Rockwell Collins on various aircraft avionics systems and with Satcom Direct on flight deck services, so it was good to extend the portfolio of activities with both companies,” commented Acropolis’ technical director, Aidan Murphy. “Satcom Direct is also right on our doorstep at Farnborough so we can call on them personally if we encounter a problem with the system.”
Acropolis Aviation announced at EBACE in May this year it will be the launch customer for the first Airbus ACJ320neo. With the aircraft entering into service in early 2020, a decision on the IFEC system will be made nearer to the delivery.