Enhancing Your Flight Operations With Global Voice
And Data Connectivity

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Webinar Follow-up: Your questions answered

We are excited about the overwhelming response to the program and the number of questions for our panel. Due to time constraints, we were not able to answer all of the questions during the webinar. We have made arrangements with our panelists to try and answer all of the questions and provide feedback for you.

Over the next few weeks we will be posting questions asked during the webinar and the panels' responses for your reference and use.

See this week's questions and answers below, and be sure to check back next week for additional questions and answers.

 Question #1 Is there still room in the market for one-way communications? For example, a wireless hotspot which would supply live data such as stocks.
 Question #2 How does Thrane & Thrane connect an iPad in the cockpit?
 Question #3 Voice communication via PDA as well?
 Question #4 Video streaming from aircraft to satellite -> ground. Is that possible via SBB?
 Question #5 Will the existing AVIATOR 300/350 require additional modification to meet FANS/Link requirements?
 Question #6 Can you provide multi-channel SwiftBroadband?
 Question #7 How much do the AVIATOR 200, 300, and 700 systems cost?
 Question #8 With the Wi-Fi, how do you substantiate the interference with the other systems in the aircraft?
 Question #9 Were does Aero H and H plus fit in this product line, if at all?
 Question #10 What is the speed of the Internet connections?
 Question #11 How many channels get you 128kbs?
 Question #12 Can you use your Blackberry, iPhone etc. for calls? If so please explain how. If not, why?
 Question #13 Is the approximate $100,000 for setup and installation? What kind of data transfer are we talking annually? Is this per unit?
 Question #14 What would be the indicative price for the usage of bandwidth per MB for example?
 Question #15 Could an airline use Thrane & Thrane equipment to upgrade to SBB from classic by another vendor?
 Question #16 If you consider a Wi-Fi Switch in the cockpit does this affect the operation which leads into the AFM causing activities with the FAA AEG?
 Question #17 How can we expect the exterior impact of the aircraft to evolve? As of now, the dome of reception for Satellite generally seems to have a large aerodynamic impact on air transport aircraft.
 Question #18 Can you talk about the SIP Server a little more? If I want to use my Android cellphone with this, how would it work? I understand VoIP, but I don't understand SIP.
 Question #19 How do you get a cell call through the AMBE channel? Is it an internet VOIP call without using the service provider for the cell phone?
 Question #20 Mr. Wilson stated that the IGA and LGA can be installed under DER substantiation based upon specific ACO - does that mean ALL ACO's will accept that DER substantiation for every aircraft, OR - only specific aircraft or certain ACOs?
 Question #21 What do you mean the Ethernet connectors can be a challenge? Do you use Quadrax?
 Question #22 Can a designated connection be allocated to the cockpit to ensure data security between the cabin and the cockpit? Or could the cockpit be given a priority connection in the event of an immediate data need?  
 Question #23 How difficult is it to add a new phone with voice service, i.e. a new phone or new passenger?  
 Question #24 Suggestions on "chatty" devices and Operating Systems. Any SW vendors that might handle these.  
 Question #25 We will soon have Aircell 4000. If we want to add AVIATOR 300 or 350 down the road will it conflict with Aircell GoGo?
 Question #26 Any average cost for an email and what about radar chart access?
 Question #27 Will future Ka-Band be as much of an attenuation factor in helicopters?
 Question #28 Will SBB move from L and Ku Bands to Ka band?  
 Question #29 What is the real payback for being connected? Can it pay for the installation based on operational benefit?   
 Question #30 What kind of equipment and recommendations should be accomplished by itself in order to have the equipment installed and STC Certified?
 Question #31 What is the cost of a standard STC?
 Question #32 Why is it then required to install a cockpit Wi-Fi inhibit switch if the aircraft has been tested for the maximum power of WLAN 4W?
 Question #33 What type cost control tools are available through the equipment or service provider, example: email notifications for usage amounts, credit card style billing for each passenger, or other methods?
  Question #34 Is Level D certification acceptable for CPDLC?


About this Webinar:

In today’s fast-paced global market, staying connected has never been more important. Whether you are catching up on email, surfing the internet, connecting securely to your corporate VPN, or calling a colleague or family member, SwiftBroadband allows you to stay productive and connected while inflight. And because SwiftBroadband is satellite based, you are able to do all of this with near-global coverage.

Recent advancements in satcom hardware have resulted in smaller, lighter avionics allowing near-global connectivity to become available to aircraft of all sizes while still offering built-in features such as WiFi. And because SwiftBroadband voice and data services can be used simultaneously, they can provide solutions for an extensive range of applications including the use of WiFi enabled smartphones and tablets for both cabin and cockpit use.

In this Webinar, panelists will discuss the many considerations surrounding inflight connectivity including, SwiftBroadband service and coverage, hardware and installation options, and user experience and applications.

Hear from these speakers:


Brian Wilson

Director of Avionics
Banyan Air Service

Eric Olson

Aircraft Maintenance Manager
General Mills Air Transportation

Andy Beers

Director, Aeronautical Sales for the Americas Region
Thrane & Thrane



Emily Feliz
Editor in Chief, Avionics Magazine

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