Posted on: 26 February 2016 by Mark Howells
A new partnership will see Avidyne Corporation leverage Globalstar’s second-generation satellite network to develop and certify satellite-based internet and voice communications products for the light to medium business and general aviation markets.
“We are thrilled to join forces with Globalstar to bring innovative new communications solutions to the global aviation market,” commented Dan Schwinn, president and CEO, Avidyne (pictured right). “By leveraging their new Sat-Fi technology, second-generation satellite network and the ground infrastructure upgrades due to go live in the next few months, together we will provide increased aircraft connectivity for our customers at unrivalled value. I expect that mass adoption of airborne internet hotspots across the full range of GA and business aviation aircraft will spur a host of innovative mobile device and cloud based applications that will enhance aircraft safety and utility in ways we can’t currently imagine.”
Jay Monroe, chairman and CEO, Globalstar (pictured left), added, “We are laser-focused on continuing to make Globalstar the market leader for the growing data communications needs around the world. This partnership represents another step forward in that endeavour as we find ways to adapt our technology to the needs of the aviation sector.”
Backup communication systems for larger business aircraft equipped with a high bandwidth satcom or air-to-ground (ATG) communications system will also be available.
Avidyne says its new products will offer users of subscription streaming aviation weather services in North America more flexible and powerful methods to receive weather information by using the full range of internet weather websites and aviation tablet applications now available.
In Europe and other regions, Avidyne claims it will provide the first ability to get airborne access to the full range of internet weather products at a cost that is affordable for smaller businesses and owner flown aircraft.