Brazil’s business aviation sector set for SwiftBroadband connectivity

Specialist in-flight connectivity provider for business aviation, Aircell, has announced that two members of its global dealer network have received separate installation certifications for AVIATOR 300 and AVIATOR 350 systems from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC).It is claimed that these new certifications represent the first-ever approvals of SwiftBroadband-based communications systems for business aviation operators in Brazil. Aircell’s AVIATOR-series products, powered by Thrane & Thrane, enable global email, light internet and voice capabilities via Inmarsat’s satellite-based SwiftBroadband service.“Aircell is proud to be bringing the productivity-enhancing benefits of SwiftBroadband to Brazil for the very first time,” commented Aircell’s executive vice president and general manager, John Wade. “The diversity of these two new installations – one in a light jet and the other in a transport category aircraft – are shining examples of SwiftBroadband’s capability, the flexibility of the AVIATOR equipment packages, and the expertise of Aircell’s global dealer and distributor network.”An AVIATOR 350 system was installed and certified aboard an Airbus ACJ319 in VVIP configuration by Avionics Services of Sao Paulo. AVIATOR 350 incorporates a High Gain Antenna (HGA) that enables near-global coverage and connection speeds up to 432 kbps with an exclusive Iridium/Inmarsat filter solution. The system was fully integrated with the Aircell Axxess cabin system and included cockpit datacapabilities.Director and CEO of Avionics Services, Joao Batista Vernini stated, “This VVIP customer is one of the most demanding we’ve ever worked with and the AVIATOR system met all of their expectations. The system has performed flawlessly and they are very happy with the connectivity and communications benefits it provides them.”An AVIATOR 300 system was installed and certified aboard a Cessna Citation CJ3 by TAM Aviação Executiva at its Sao Paulo facility. AVIATOR 300 incorporates an Intermediate Gain Antenna (IGA) that enables near-global coverage and connection speeds up to 332 kbps.“The customer is a traditional corporate flight department and they are very pleased to have a system that is affordable, small enough to fit on their aircraft, and capable of giving passengers access to Internet and e-mail in flight,” commented Roberto Fajardo, GM and Director of Maintenance at TAM Aviação Executiva. “Demand for Aircell’s SwiftBroadband products is rising – more quotes are being requested and we’re about to begin an installation for another customer.”

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