Posted on: 26 March 2014 by Mark Howells
Aircell, the business aviation subsidiary of Gogo, has been granted Supplemental Type Certificates from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to equip in-flight connectivity and entertainment (IFEC) systems aboard Bombardier Challenger 300 business jets.
The certifications cover Aircell’s AVIATOR 300 and UCS 5000 offerings.
The AVIATOR 300 system enables email, light internet and voice capabilities via Inmarsat’s satellite-based SwiftBroadband service. Passengers and crew can send and receive e-mail, surf the web, access a corporate VPN and more, using their own Wi-Fi-enabled devices. They can also place and receive voice calls using integrated cabin handsets. Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solutions are powered by Cobham SATCOM.
The standard AVIATOR 300 STC data package is being offered to Challenger 300 operators when they install the system at an authorised Aircell dealer and activate a new SwiftBroadband service plan with Aircell.
The UCS 5000 is an all-in-one smart router and media server which manages the access of IFEC systems and information. It also offers Gogo Vision and the ability for passenger-to-passenger file transfer and screen sharing capabilities.
“We’re pleased to see the first European certification completed for UCS,” said John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Since we introduced UCS in October, market reception has been very good and a number of additional certifications are currently in progress. In addition, the new AVIATOR 300 STC and incentive programme makes in-flight connectivity more affordable than ever for Challenger 300 operators in Europe.”