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AVIATION INTERNATIONAL NEWS at EBACE 2017, Geneva.


For owners and operators of smaller jets and turboprops, the choices for airborne connectivity systems are extremely limited. While cost is certainly an issue, there is also the problem of no space on the fuselage to accommodate the larger antennas needed for high-speed satcom systems. At last year’s NBAA convention, Wabnet unveiled its Aviator Wifi solution, a single-box Iridium satcom and Wi-Fi router that can be installed outside the pressure vessel as a minor modification in aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds (5,700 kg). Here at the EBACE show, Wabnet is planning to give live demonstrations of Aviator Wifi.


The ideal aircraft for Aviator Wifi, according to Wabnet co-founder and CEO Yves Hendrickx, are King Airs, Citations, the HondaJet, Premier I/IA, etc. Aviator Wifi is compliant with RTCA DO-160 standards and certified up to 50,000 feet. A typical installation is in the nose compartment behind the radar dish. The unit requires 28-volt power and an Iridium antenna, which can be mounted inside the electromagnetically transparent radome. Airplanes with composite fuselages such as the HondaJet and Premier I/IA could have the unit and antenna mounted inside the fuselage, Hendrickx said. Aviator Wifi can also be plugged into an existing externally mounted Iridium antenna. Wi-Fi range is about 200 feet, so the router can serve everyone on board the aircraft.  


An advantage of Iridium satcom is that it works anywhere in the world, unlike Inmarsat systems that don’t offer coverage over the poles. Iridium is limited in bandwidth, offering speed of up to 2.4 Kbps, which allows voice calling, texting and emailing without attachments. Aviator Wifi offers one voice call and simultaneous messaging with up to five users at a time. Passengers and pilots access the service using their mobile devices, either iOS or Android, which act as satcom terminals, according to Hendrickx. A jet like the Citation CJ series could accommodate two Aviator Wifi units, which would provide two phone lines and allow up to 10 users. The system includes an airborne wireless telephone transfer switch, which allows transferring of calls between the five users, using their own mobile devices and contact lists.


Aviator Wifi will be upgradeable by adding a circuit card to work with Iridium’s Next service, which will offer much faster service—up to one Mbps—starting in 2018. In mid-2017, Aviator Wifi will enable delivery of worldwide weather information, and this will be included in the unlimited data.


Installers are also STCing Aviator Wifi in larger aircraft, including a Lockheed C-130 and Embraer ERJ145, Hendrickx said. 


Aviator Wifi sells for $17,650, including the antenna. Airtime costs $165 per month, which includes 2.5 hours of voice calling and unlimited data. Additional voice time costs $1.30 per minute. In Europe, buyers can opt for a lease program, which costs $500 per month, plus 


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From WIFI TECHNOLOGIES

 

 

Brussels, March 29th, 2018

 

WIFI AIR TV launch at AIRCRAFT INTERIORS in Hamburg.

 

Last year, the world airlines carried well over FOUR BILLIONS passengers, and each year we see that number of used air tickets increase.

These passengers, four billions of them, regardless of their country of origin, are all part of our present civilization...

Human beings living in our times share, among their major characteristics, an almost physical link with the moving image: films, media reports, culture, games are now broadcast all over the planet and constitute a commun cultural bond.

We all use our TV sets, our computers, our tablets, mobile phones to access this ocean of images. We are used to this way of life, described in one word:

CONNECTED.

 

But we also are living in a moving world, mimicking the mechanics of life.

Physical communications are the equivalent of a cardiovascular system, vital to our form of society.

But we need, wherever we are, to be kept mentally alive through the easiest possible access to the flux of communication.

 

Ideally, this access has to be quick, easy, and cheap.

We are used to operating our private equipment, our mobile phone, computer or tablet: they are extensions of our senses and our brain. We are familiar with these extensions of ourselves…

 

When we board an aircraft, we know we are entering one of our times' technological masterpiece. Aviation is the epitome of modernism, science and manufacturing. We would not accept technological mediocrity in an aircraft.

At the same time, due to the endless research towards easiest access to technology, we would not accept complicated procedures interfacing with our equipment.

We should be living in a world devoted to the user-friendly concept.

 

The same is true for the aircraft operator.

He or she lives in a connected world, operates the equipment with an obsession to maximization of the performance. If the aircraft operator's first business is flying, he knows that it's necessary to have a quick, easy and cheap access to interfacing with the outside world.

The operator also wants a user-friendly environment.

 

The more it goes, the more the connected passenger wants to fly and stay connected using his own well-practiced communication interface, phone, tablet, computer.

Without knowing it he is using the old Lockheed adage, or KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid!

The aircraft operator wants to do the same when it comes to providing connectivity to its customers: keep it simple!

Just because, again, the first business of the operator is to fly aircraft…

 

So if you want to solve the problem of providing a whole world of connectivity to your passengers and crews, read the following;

 

WIFI TECHNOLOGIES, a Brussels based company, an international team of knowledgeable experts, designed and produced innovative hardware and software solutions to improve connectivity:

 

WIFI AIR TV offers airborne, multilingual video on demand to passengers on their own WIFI devices, out of a huge memory storing up to 40.000 movies, events, sports, news and other programs, avoiding satellite costly links. News and breaking news are updated wireless on the ground before takeoff and optionally by satellite in flight.

 

WIFI TECHNOLOGIES supplies hardware, software, content and eventually on request installation with qualified partners.

 

WIFI AIR TV is most affordable on any size of commercial or business aircraft and complies with all related aviation regulations. It can even be rented.

 

WIFI TECHNOLOGIES international team is headed by Yves Hendrickx, and high level engineers with decades of experience in telecommunications and aviation. WIFI AIR TV art and content team is managed by Bernard Chabbert, well known French editor of AEROSTAR TV chain and press programs, and Paul Russell manager of AEROCINEMA.

 

For more information, contacts are:

 

Yves Hendrickx

WIFI TECHNOLOGIES sprl

30 b, Cours St Michel

1040 BRUSSELS

+32 473 987 988

yh@sat-way.com

www.wifitechnologies.eu

www.aviatorwifi.eu

www.wifiairtv.com

 

Bernard Chabbert

AEROSTAR TV

+33 607 99 40 10

bchabbert@wanadoo.fr

 

Paul Russell

MILLSTREAM FILMS and MEDIA Ltd

+39 328 82 117 18

paul@aerocinema.com

 

 

 




BBC WORLD NEWS                 April 5th, 2018

 

 

“It looks like you have a breakthrough offer for the IFE industry! Well done, and hope your product will be taken on by airlines as a viable offer to ensuring an enhanced passengers’’ experience.”

From Larissa Abid larissa.abid@bbc.co.uk

 

 




 

 

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AIX: Wifi Technologies offers low-cost VOD solution

• 12 APRIL, 2018

 

• SOURCE: FLIGHT DAILY NEWS

 

• BY: KERRY REALS

 

For airlines that want to offer passengers video on demand to watch on their personal devices but don’t want to fork out for a satellite connectivity system, Wifi Technologies believes it has the answer.

The Belgian company launched its Wifi Air TV product at the show this week, and has already racked up orders covering 90 aircraft, says president Yves Hendrickx. The system uses a “very powerful wi-fi router” to stream pre-loaded content to passengers’ devices, and has a “huge memory” that can store up to 40,000 movies and TV shows.


Wifi Technologies charges a flat rate of €15 a day per aircraft for unlimited download of content, and the price to install the system in the first place ranges from €35,000 for a regional aircraft to below €150,000 for a widebody.


“This is a quarter of the cost of a satcom system,” says Hendrickx.







AIRBOOK           April 13th, 2018


Belgian company has launched its Wifi Air TV product and rapidly racked up orders covering 90 aircraft

 

Published April 12th, 2018

For airlines that want to offer passengers video on demand to watch on their personal devices but don’t want to fork out for a satellite connectivity system, Wifi Technologies believes it has the answer.


President Yves Hendrickx says, the Belgian company launched its Wifi Air TV product at the show this week, and has already racked up orders covering 90 aircraft. The system uses a “very powerful wi-fi router” to stream pre-loaded content to passengers’ devices, and has a “huge memory” that can store up to 40,000 movies and TV shows. Wifi Technologies charges a flat rate of €15 a day per aircraft for unlimited download of content, and the price to install the system in the first place ranges from €35,000 for a regional aircraft to below €150,000 for a widebody.


Hendrickx added that this is a quarter of the cost of a satcom system

AIRBOOK innovation for aviation.

 






FLIGHT Daily News​​​​April 13th 2018

 

Wifi Air TV scoops deals for 90 aircraft

For airlines that want to offer passengers video on demand te watch on their personal devices but don't want to fork out for a satellite connectivity system, Wifi Technologies believes it has the answer.

The Belgian company launched its Wifi Air TV product at the show this week, and has already racked up orders covering 90 aircraft, says president ves Hendrickx. The system uses a "very powerful wi-fi router" to stream pre- loaded content to passengers' devices, and has a "huge memory" that can store up to 40,000 movies and TV shows.

Wifi Technologies charges a flat rate of 15 a day per aircraft for unlimited download of content, and the price to install the system in the first place ranges from 35,000 for a regional aircraft to below 150,000 for a widebody.

"This is a quarter of the cost of a satcom system," says Hendrickx.