Business & GA

Aircell Receives FAA OK for Web System

By Tish Drake | June 22, 2009
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Aircell received full FAA certification (STC and PMA) for its High Speed Internet system in the business aviation market. The system’s first installation has been completed by Midcoast Aviation aboard a Bombardier Challenger 605 operated by a Midwest-based flight department. Aircell said its Internet system allows passengers to use their own Wi-Fi enabled devices to surf the Web and send and receive e-mail. The system uses 3G mobile wireless technology, operating in the continental United States over an advanced network of ground stations and Aircell’s broadband air-to-ground spectrum. Aircell said the system is up to 56 times faster than a traditional dial-up connection and weighs 11 pounds. Its two belly-mounted antennae weigh just 1.25 pounds each.

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