LAS VEGAS, NV [NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention] - October 12, 2004 - The Beechcraft King Air 350 will now feature the Aircell ST 3100 Satellite Telecommunications System as standard equipment and the system will be a factory option on the King Air B200.
In addition to its telephone capability, the ST 3100 system acts as a global communications link, providing inflight services such as graphical weather, messaging and ATC information through Universal Avionics' UniLink; 24-hour medical service through MedAire's MedLink; and real time news, sports, and financial data through Rockwell Collins' Airshow Network. The ST 3100 system operates on the Iridium Satellite System, providing pilots and passengers all-altitude, all-latitude coverage throughout the world.
"Along with the King Airs' Pro Line 21 avionics, the Aircell ST 3100 will add increased functionality and safety in the cockpit," said Scott Tychsen, King Air product manager. "We are making sure the King Air product line evolves with the latest advances in our industry."
Aircell products are currently used on the Beechcraft Premier I, Hawker 400XP and Hawker 800XP. For the King Airs, the ST 3100 will be available in 2005.
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.