Deciding which Internet system is right for you requires a bit more forethought. Unlike those on the ground, there are glaring differences between airborne networks. Virtually all of the systems are compatible with virtually any mobile computing device, including laptop PCs, Macs, and smartphones. But speed of data transfer will vary widely. For example, you may see a system promoted as email and Internet, only to discover that it operates at one-tenth the speed of dial-up.
Simply put, there is no “one system” that’s right for everyone. But there is a practical solution for virtually any turbine aircraft, from a myriad of manufacturers and service providers. We're here to help clear the air.
Know your available broadband network services.
The first step is to understand the different networks. As complex as it may seem, there are really just three broadband networks in aviation.
|Inmarsat SwiftBroadband||A relatively new service, SwiftBroadband operates on three geostationary (Inmarsat I-4) satellites in orbit 22,000 miles above the Earth, and provides global coverage. Several companies manufacture the equipment, and service is available through several providers – including Aircell.|
|Ku-band Satellite||This service operates on geostationary satellites in orbit, also about 22,000 miles above the Earth. It is flying on approximately 200 business and government aircraft worldwide. Its speeds rival Gogo Biz® In-flight Internet, but it is impractical for all but the largest business aircraft because it is simply too expensive and too heavy.|
|Gogo Biz®||Operating over an exclusive, proprietary air-to-ground spectrum, this technology utilizes a network of towers in the Continental U.S. and portions of Alaska; Canada is coming soon. It uses a modified version of the same technology employed by Sprint, Verizon and others to provide nationwide mobile coverage. We are the only company that manufactures this equipment, which is in service aboard major commercial airlines and hundreds of business aircraft flying today.|
Aircell Axxess Call Alerter The Aircell Axxess Call Alerter (ACA-2) provides ten switch outputs, allowing the Aircell Axxess II PBX to control existing external call alerting devices/annunciators such as lights, chimes, sonalerts, etc. in addition to all ACA-2 features. ... Aircell Axxess Call Alerter Model: ACA-2 Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.
Axxess Handset Interface - 1 The Aircell Axxess Handset Interface (AHI-1) allows installation customization for Aircell Axxess II when used with or without the Aircell CTR and replaces CBDR-1 in Aircell Axxess EZ installations. All pricing subject to change without ... Axxess Handset Interface - 1 Model: AHI-1 Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.
Axxess Handset Interface - 2 The Aircell Axxess Handset Interface (AHI-2) allows installation customization for Aircell Axxess II when used with or without the Aircell CTR and replaces the CBDR-2 in Aircell Axxess EZ installations. All pricing subject to change ... Axxess Handset Interface - 2 Model: AHI-2 Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.
Iridium Satellite One-channel Blade Antenna By adding broadband as an option for Aircell Axxess, you can enjoy access to e-mail and the Internet, data updates for your electronic flight bag (EFB) and modern Ethernet connectivity to support Wi-Fi-enabled handsets, PDAs ... Iridium Satellite One-channel Blade Antenna Model: Axxess II Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.
Aircell Axxess EZ System Cable Assembly Designed specifically for aircraft operators affected by the service termination of Verizon®, Aircell Axxess EZ system is the fastest, most capable and most convenient MagnaStar replacement solution available. The newest member of the popular Aircell ... Aircell Axxess EZ System Cable Assembly Model: Axxess EZ Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.
Aircell Axxess Cabin Telecommunications Router Aircell Axxess CTR (Cabin Telecommunications Router) provides Wi-Fi Service and Power-Over-Ethernet to the Handsets. All pricing subject to change without notice. Aircell Axxess Cabin Telecommunications Router Model: CTR Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.
Data Interface Unit Aircell's DIU connects cockpit data management units to popular ground-based Data Link Services. Protocols include ARINC 429, 618 and 741; SBD; SMU. I/O ARINC 429 (ACARS DMU/MUs) RS-232/RS-422/ 10/100baseT Ethernet. Product supports ST 3100, Aircell ... Data Interface Unit Model: DIU Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.
Satellite Interface Unit Aircell's Satellite Interface Unit connects Aircell Axxess to additional SATCOM systems, allowing users to select preferred bearer channels through the Aircell Axxess IP-PBX. Interfaces include CEPT-E1/ARINC 746, ISDN, RS-232, RS-422, Ethernet LAN and WAN. All ... Satellite Interface Unit Model: SIU Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.
ne-Channel Iridium® Satellite Telecommunication System A competitively-priced Satcom solution, the new Aircell ST 3100 telecommunication system is a compact, light-weight system. The system offers you worldwide voice and data communication through the Iridium network of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. ... One-Channel Iridium® Satellite Telecommunication System Model: ST3100 Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.
Aircell SwiftBroadband Unit (SBU) Aircell’s SwiftBroadband product is a satellite-based solution that allows you to use your laptop, PDA or SmartPhone to securely log on to your corporate network, transfer data and send/receive e-mail. You can also use ... Aircell SwiftBroadband Unit (SBU) Model: SwiftBroadband Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.
Aircell Axxess Two-Channel Expansion System Aircell Axxess Two-Channel Expansion Transceiver enables you to add two additional full-featured PBX channels of highly reliable iridium service. Aircell Axxess Two-Channel Expansion System Model: Two-Channel Expansion Manufacturer: Aircell, Inc.