NBAA, ORLANDO (October 7, 2003) - Raytheon Aircraft Company has certified the Aircell ST 3100 Iridium-based Satcom system on the Hawker 800XP business jet and is offering the system as a factory option. The ST 3100 is the first and only Iridium-based Satcom system certified as a factory option on Raytheon's product line.
The ST 3100 is also offered as an option on Raytheon Aircraft's new Hawker 400XP and has been selected as the standard airborne telecommunication system on Raytheon's Flight Options fractional aircraft ownership fleet.
One of two Iridium-based telecommunication products developed by Aircell, the ST 3100 provides telephone and data capability through the worldwide Iridium Satellite LLC network of 66 satellites in low-earth orbit (LEO). The company's other Iridium-capable system, the AST 3500, is a dual network, airborne telecommunications system that uses a unique combination of Aircell's continental U.S. cellular network and the Iridium satellite network.
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.