Posted on: 07 October 2010 by Mark Howells
Aircell has announced it has received a Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its AVIATOR 300-based SwiftBroadband solution for all Bombardier Challenger business aircraft, including the CL-600, CL-601, CL-604 and CL-605 models.“We waited a long time to select an Internet system for our aircraft – airborne communications are notoriously confusing and we wanted to make the right decision,” commented Christopher Whiteside, President of A J Walter Aviation, the UK-based owner of the Challenger 604 used as the certification platform,“Aircell’s SwiftBroadband system has transformed the way we conduct business in flight. We can now use our BlackBerrys, laptops and iPads anywhere in the cabin over the Wi-Fi link.”“The installation and certification process went very smoothly and aircraft downtime was just two weeks,” added Mr Whiteside,”Compared to earlier technologies, our SwiftBroadband system is faster, easier and all together less expensive. It has completely changed the travel experience and I couldn’t work effectively without it.”John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, said, “Aircell’s SwiftBroadbandsolution is a perfect fit for operators that require affordable, global connectivity services. We’repleased to see it being adopted by Challenger operators in the European community.”Completed by UK-based, Avionicare Ltd, the new EASA STC covers Aircell’s AVIATOR 300-based SwiftBroadband equipment package, including Wi-Fi service and a fuselage-mountedIntermediate-Gain Antenna (IGA).“For operators looking to increase the productivity of their Challenger by adding e-mail and lightInternet services, this new STC reduces their required investment significantly,” said PeterHarland, Managing Director of Avionicare Ltd.Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solutions are powered by Thrane & Thrane.