Posted on: 24 January 2011 by Mark Howells
EMS Aviation has introduced the Aspire Portable AirMail System as its latest addition to the Aspire family of user-friendly communications products.
The portable device, which operators carry on their aircraft with them, is easily connected to an existing Iridium antenna for near-instant access to e-mail through personal smartphones. As permanent installation is not required an operator can effortlessly carry the device from airplane to airplane retaining connectivity on each flight providing the pilot-in-command approves its use.
Weighing just three pounds, the system is used specifically for sending and receiving text e-mail in-flight to help operators and passengers fly like they live. Once the system is connected, up to four passengers can send and receive e-mail.
“This new portable system is designed to take advantage of low-bandwidth devices, such as BlackBerrys and iPhones,” commented John Jarrell, vice president and general manager of EMS Aviation. “With an Iridium antenna, any operator can begin using the system immediately, and in today’s connected world, Portable AirMail offers a cost-effective in-flight e-mail only solution. Its portability makes it ideal for Iridium antenna-equipped fixed-wing or helicopter operators who want to experience in-flight e-mail without having to modify their aircraft.”
EMS Aviation claim the system will be available in the second quarter of 2011.