Aircell Axxess Satcom Installed & Operational In First Piaggio Avanti II Aircraft

LOUISVILLE, CO – March 2, 2007 – Aircell is proud to announce that Jet Works Air Center, Denton, Texas, has completed the first Aircell Axxess™ Satcom system installation aboard a Piaggio Avanti II aircraft. The entire system is fully operational in the aircraft and was installed via a new FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) written by Jet Works Air Center and owned by Piaggio America, Inc.

The system selected for this particular aircraft includes an Aircell Axxess II Satellite Transceiver, mounted in the nose of the aircraft, a Cabin Telecommunications Router (CTR) mounted in the cabin, with color handsets in both the flight deck and the cabin.

“With all its present capabilities and future expandability, Aircell Axxess has become extremely popular and we look forward to installing this system into many of our customers’ aircraft,” said Mark Hembree, Regional Sales Manager for Jet Works Air Center. “With the pending service termination of the MagnaStar® system, we can offer solutions to our customers’ data and communications needs at a reasonable price – for both installation and service,” he said.

About Aircell Axxess

Aircell Axxess is a family of latest-generation, multi-channel, satcom systems designed for medium-to-large business aircraft. With its “network neutral” design philosophy, Aircell Axxess equips aircraft with a modular, flexible cabin architecture that serves the operator’s needs today, and provides the ability to upgrade as new technologies and links – such as Aircell broadband – become available in the future.

Aircell Axxess comes standard with two built-in channels of Iridium satellite communications for quality, worldwide voice and narrowband data services with full PBX functionality. Also standard are Aircell’s new, FAA-certified handsets with large, color displays – an industry first – as well as advanced noise reduction technology and standard ear bud/headset jacks for clear, quiet calling.

Wireless capabilities include a full 802.11b/g Wi-Fi “hotspot” which, when paired with a broadband connection, such as Inmarsat or Aircell broadband (2008), can be used to operate personal laptops, PDA’s and other Wi-Fi devices in the cabin. Using integrated expansion ports, up to two additional Iridium channels can be added to Aircell Axxess to suit an operator’s needs. Additional system capabilities are coming on line regularly.

About Jet Works Air Center

Jet Works Air Center is a business aircraft service & completion facility located in Denton, Texas, at the Denton Municipal Airport (KDTO). Jet Works Air Center specializes in Maintenance, Avionics, Interior/Completions and Exterior Paint on aircraft ranging from Pilatus PC-12s to Gulfstreams and Challengers. Their new facility in Denton allows Jet Works Air Center the capability to offer their customers a true “one stop shop” facility with a full array of services to address all their customers’ aircraft needs.

Aircell® is the leader in global airborne telecommunications for the Business Aviation market. Its products are offered by virtually every fixed- and rotor-wing airframe manufacturer in business aviation, and are installed aboard the world’s four largest fractional ownership fleets. A single-source, turnkey provider of equipment, service, and technical support, Aircell simplifies airborne communications and keeps you In Touch, In Flight®.

The 2006 winner of the FCC’s exclusive broadband frequency license, Aircell is also pioneering a revolutionary new wireless broadband system for North America. Available only from Aircell, it will include robust Wi-Fi hotspots that enable airline passengers to surf the Internet, use e-mail, and log on to their corporate VPN’s using their personal 802.11a/b/g-equipped Wi-Fi data devices. The system will also offer airline operational communications capabilities and provide a path to a wealth of future cabin services.

Set for introduction in 2008, the new broadband service will also be available to business aircraft operators, offering a similar set of features.

Aircell (www.aircell.com) has facilities in Louisville, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois, USA.

Tom Myers
Aircell, Inc.
+1.303.379.0237
tmyers@aircell.com