NBAA2010: Innotech earns FAA approval for Ku internet system

The Federal Aviation Administration granted multiple supplemental type certificate approval for Innotech’s I-Ku™ airborne high-speed internet system set for the Bombardier Global Express aircraft.

The Montreal-based company is in the process of obtaining EASA approval. Installations will be completed at its Montreal facilities.The system, which couples Innotech’s proprietary software and technology with Yonder network, the ViaSat VMT-1500 airborne terminal and delivers data and voice connections. Innotech called the Yonder service the highest speed available in the industry.Passengers are able to simultaneously use high-speed internet, Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), Voice Wi-Fi, and other office-in-the-sky applications. Using proprietary software applications developed by Innotech, simultaneous on-board connection can be made with any wireless devices, such as laptops, Blackberries, iPhones, and iPads.“The I-Ku system supports the growing demand for seamless connectivity from home or office direct to the aircraft,” said Innotech Aviation Director-Sales and Marketing Tony Rawlinson. “With a fixed monthly service fee of approximately $6,000 for unlimited worldwide access, and the fastest airborne Internet service on the market, the system is a must for aircraft owners looking to maximize connectivity and the overall value of their aircraft.”Installation can be accomplished in 10-15 days, depending on the aircraft configuration and the unit weights 45 pounds.

Kathryn B. Creedy, US correspondent,
Atlanta, GA

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