EMS Aviation Aspire Communication System
EMS Aviation, a division of mobile connectivity leader EMS Technologies, Inc. at this time introduced that its Aspire household of satellite-based, in-flight connectivity programs — which consists of the brand new Aspire Portable AirMail products, a transportable Iridium-based e-mail solution, plus a colour touch display screen handset — is likely to make its Latin American debut on the Latin American Small business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 11-13.
“This is a great opportunity for us to present our Aspire in-flight connectivity solutions to the Latin American enterprise jet market,” said John Jarrell, Vice President and General Manager, EMS Aviation. “Staying connected while in-flight is an essential element of aircraft operation and the Aspire system’s small installation foot-print, ease of upgrade and pricing structure make it a perfect solution for small- to medium-sized aircraft.”
The Aspire 200 LG system began shipping in North America in May. It was introduced in Europe earlier this year and was also chosen for a Cessna(R) Sovereign for Anderson Air, a Canadian company jet operator. Installations on other platforms, including the Hawker(R) 4000, Hawker 800/850/900 Series, Citation X, Citation XLS/XLS+ and the Challenger(R) 300, are expected in the coming months.
Designed to deliver feature-rich voice and data connectivity to owners and operators of small- and medium-sized enterprise aircraft, Aspire products use standard wiring configuration and interfaces to support either Iridium or Inmarsat components. Users can easily change or upgrade systems without rewiring the aircraft or changing out the avionics racks. Options include the Aspire CSU Iridium (voice and low-speed data) transceiver, the Inmarsat HDU (voice and high-speed data) transceiver, plus a higher gain Inmarsat antenna. Aspire’s Inmarsat system data rates range from up to 200 kbps with a low-gain antenna, to as much as 330 kbps with an intermediate-gain antenna and to as high as 432 kbps with a high-gain antenna. Additional Supplemental Type Certifications (STCs) for several other aircraft types, including the Bombardier Challenger 300, Gulfstream(R) GII and GIII, and Dassault Falcon(R) 2000 are also being pursued.
“Our Android(TM)-based handset solution is a key feature of the Aspire line,” said Timothy Roberts, Director, Aspire Global Solutions, EMS Aviation. “Instead of using commercial, off-the-shelf components, we have developed an aviation-grade voice solution that will not only allow passengers and crew to make calls with the quality of a landline connection, but also provides the ability to check e-mail and to control the cabin management system. This is company aviation’s pioneering Smartphone platform and it offers significant and unique functionality.”