5-May-2010 Source: DAC International
DAC International Inc. of Greenwich AeroGroup has deployed a revolutionary â€œin flightâ€ BlackBerryÂ® WiFi connectivity system called FliteNet. The system interfaces with aircraft equipped, or to be equipped with IridiumÂ® or MagnastarÂ® telephone systems.
FliteNet is a significant departure from traditional cabin wireless connectivity systems. It was designed to accommodate Wifi connectivity without having to mount components in an aircraft. FliteNet is a carry-on based system with MagnaStarÂ® or IridiumÂ® compatible software capable of retrieving and broadcasting e-mails to multiple BlackBerryÂ® devices via WiFi. It essentially provides ground BlackberryÂ® e-mail functionality above 10,000 feet. The company is well underway to add the iPhone to the capabilities of the system and other smartphones as justified by customer demand. iPhone functionality with MagnaStar interface will be offered as an up-grade to the current system through a simple software up-date which is scheduled for third quarter 2010. The FliteNet system for BlackBerryÂ® on MagnastarÂ® or IridiumÂ® is currently priced at only $12,995.00 U.S. (price subject to change in the future).
Many systems are already in use and the feedback from operators has been excellent. Users appreciate the convenience of getting connected without having to deal with complex aircraft installations. The system is fully portable and can be transferred across aircraft equipped with MagnastarÂ® or IridiumÂ® making it flexible and reliable. Upgradability through software up-date also provides a cost effective and simple path for the system to stay up with future smartphone technology.
â€œWe are excited by the potential of this new simple approach to cabin connectivityâ€ said Cisco Hernandez, Vice President of Sales at DAC International.Â â€œThe possibilities of this technology are significant and we look forward to leveraging this platform to efficiently expand cabin connectivity in the futureâ€ he added.
Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc., located in Greenwich CT, owns and operates providers of general, commercial, government and military aviation services including: maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishments; fixed base operations; aircraft sales, charter and management; manufacturing and engineering; component repair and overhaul; and parts distribution.Â Current locations include: Atlantic Aero, Inc., located at Piedmont-Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC; Western Aircraft, Inc., located at Gowen Field in Boise, ID; Summit Aviation, Inc., located at Summit Airport in Middletown, DE; DAC International, Inc., located in Austin, TX; Matrix Aviation, Inc., located in Wichita, KS; Professional Aviation Associates, Inc., located in Atlanta, GA; Professional Aircraft Accessories, Inc., located in Titusville, FL and NASAM, Inc., located in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visitwww.greenwichaerogroup.com.
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, offers avionics and test equipment solutions for corporate and general aviation, airline, special mission and military aircraft operators, modification centers and manufacturers worldwide.