Astronics has announced the availability of Sierra, the latest in portable in-flight entertainment (IFE). Sierra delivers a host of new features, including autonomous operation, open architecture for hosting third party applications, and comparable performance to fixed IFE architecture for higher quality digital experiences for passengers.

Offered by Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification (CSC), Sierra is designed to fit into overhead bins and closets with minimal installation required. The carry-on unit provides a robust battery-operated alternative to fixed IFE installations.

“The launch of the newest generation of Sierra demonstrates our commitment to our customers and their focus on better serving their passengers. Sierra is truly unmatched by any other portable IFE system available. With a multitude of functions packed into a compact platform, Sierra greatly enhances customer’s digital experiences,” said Michael Kuehn, president of Astronics CSC.

The lightweight and compact size of Sierra enables it to be deployed in almost any cabin environment. Despite its efficient dimensions, Sierra offers twelve hours of continuous battery operation with dual hot-swappable batteries. Sierra’s open architecture allows customers to deploy containerised applications. Additional options, including utilising aircraft power and PA pause functionality, make the product easily customisable. Sierra provides near infinite scalability with a dedicated third radio to network multiple units on a single aircraft.

With Sierra’s scalability, the system provides a rich media streaming platform for an entire aircraft, offering hundreds of hours of streaming audio, video, digital magazine content and much more.
Sierra production deliveries start mid-September 2019.

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