Globalstar certifies light aviation aircraft antenna

tGlobalstar has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Part 23 Light Aviation Aircraft Antenna. ttThe antenna will be paired with Globalstar's cradle and sold alongside the GSP-1700 or Sat-Fi voice and data packages. The GSP-1700 voice and data package will be sold with the accompanying SPOT Trace tracking device, which tracks the plane's location down to every 2.5 minutes, and 9600 data interface. The Sat-Fi voice and data package will include the antenna and SPOT Trace.ttBoth packages will give pilots and passengers the ability to make and receive calls, update travel times, change flight plans, arrange for services upon landing and stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues via voice, text and email.ttThe GSP-1700 package will retail at US$1,600 and the Sat-Fi package will retail for US$1,700 (airtime plans and SPOT Trace activation fees not included). Both packages will be available from specialty dealers around the nation and Globalstar anticipates its new aviation kits will be ready for shipment in early summer.ttThe initial issuance was obtained on a Beechcraft Baron with an additional 700 models expected to be added to the Approved Model List (AML).tt“This announcement comes on the heels of the recent announcement to partner with Avidyne to provide new communications solutions for the higher-end aviation market,” commented Dave Kagan, president and COO, Globalstar. “With the newest mobile satellite communications network available today, we want to leverage our industry-leading voice capabilities and fastest data speeds to provide innovative communications solutions to a market where until now, reasonably priced hardware and service options were virtually non-existent.”

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