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Iridium-based Wi-Fi email from EMS

EMS Aviation says it is taking orders for Forté AirMail, an FAA-certified system that provides in-flight Wi-Fi email capability. The Iridium-based system, which enables pilots and passengers to send and receive email at any altitude using various Wi-Fi devices such as the BlackBerry and iPhone smart-phones and Wi-Fi-enabled personal digital assistants, offers worldwide coverage and is ready for immediate delivery.

“More and more customers are asking, ‘Why should I leave my e-mail behind when I fly?’" says Nim Evatt, vice president and general manager of EMS Aviation. "Now they don’t have to. EMS’s Forté AirMail solution is ideal for those who don’t need a full-blown satcom system but wish to continue doing business via email." The system, he adds, "offers email connectivity more affordably than other systems available on the market today.”

A Forté AirMail Wi-Fi access point installed in the aircraft cabin transfers e-mail via the Iridium transceiver and antenna system installed for cockpit use. The access point provides connectivity throughout the cabin, allowing multiple users to access email simultaneously.

Users of the AriMail system can also add in-flight phone capabilities. The Forté phone system offers high-quality voice communication, with a variety of dialling options, including compact wireless handsets, integrated cockpit headset dialers and standard corded handsets said to offer superior noise cancellation and audio clarity. The e-mail and phone capabilities are supported from ramp parking to cruising altitudes.

Forté AirMail is certified for Wi-Fi operations on the following aircraft:

• Bombardier Challenger CL-600/CL-601/CL-604
• Bombardier Global Express (not the XRS or 5000)
• Bombardier CRJ 850
• Dassault Falcon 50, 50EX, 900, 900EX, 2000 and 2000EX
• Gulfstream G-V and G-VSP

The AirMail wireless access point weighs 3.4 pounds and measures 8.7 x 7.8 x 2.5 inches. The Forté transceiver weighs 3.3 pounds and is 10.25 x 4.6 x 2.7 inches in size.

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