ARINC Direct and Rockwell Collins have
successfully integrated their broadband solution for business jets
- eXchange with Service by SKYLink - on a customer’s Bombardier
Challenger 604 business jet.
eXchange with Service by SKYLink includes
Rockwell Collins eXchange avionics, coupled with SKYLink Ku-band
satellite service from ARINC Direct.
The Challenger 604
installation was performed at the ARINC Direct aircraft
maintenance and integration facility in Colorado Springs, using an
STC developed under ARINC’s ODA (Organization
This installation adds the Challenger 604
to the list of airframes with STCs available for eXchange/SKYLink
service. ARINC Direct plans to make the Challenger STC
available to qualified aircraft maintenance and
integration facilities, along with the recently
developed STC for the Cessna Citation X and the upcoming
STC (in-progress) for the Boeing BBJ.
with Service by SKYLink is a real-time, two-way satellite
connectivity system providing true broadband speeds of up to
3.5Mbps to the aircraft.
Operating on a Ku-band satellite
constellation, SKYLink coverage begins when the system is turned
on and continuously operates during taxi, takeoff, flight, and
It enables customers to access e-mail, corporate
intranets (VPN) and the Internet, with options for global Voice
over IP (VoIP) telephone service and videoconferencing. In
addition, eXchange supports data connectivity for select Wi-Fi
enabled smartphones, such as the RIM Blackberry models 8320 and
8820, allowing users to access e-mail and other data services.
The SKYLink Ku-band service is used on more than 95 corporate,
personal, and government aircraft based in North America, Europe,
Asia and the Middle East. The coverage area includes the
continental United States, most of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central
America, northern South America, Canada, the North Atlantic Ocean,
The addition of Caribbean coverage in 2008 and Pacific
coverage in 2009 means today’s users of the SKYLink network can
fly from Europe to North America, across the Caribbean, and on to
Asia or Central and South America without losing access to
important e-mail or Internet applications.
Future expansion of the
system into other regions in the world - including Asia, the Middle
East, where business aircraft travel is rapidly expanding - is being
explored by the SKYLink team.
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