Orbit Communication Systems has introduced the AirTRx system, providing continuous communication for regional jets. The compact systems can be installed either on the tail of the aircraft or on the fuselage, with the AirTRx 30’s 12” antenna weighing less than 22 pounds and the AirTRx 46’s 18” antenna weighing less than 32 pounds.

The AirTRx has a parabolic configuration, enabling low elevation look angles down to zero degrees without any noticeable decrease in performance, with the round and symmetrical aperture also delivering the same performance at all skew angles. Additionally, installing the systems on the tail of an aircraft, under the fin cap, reduces fluttering dramatically.

“As part of their efforts to improve customer service, airlines in the USA have committed to providing Wi-Fi communication to all passengers by 2024,” said Daniel Eshchar, CEO, Orbit Communication Systems. “Orbit’s high-end systems meet this urgent need for a technological solution that will enable continuous, reliable and high-performance communication throughout the entire flight.”

The 12” terminal delivers a 140 Mbps+ forward link and a 40 Mbps+ return link, while the AirTRx 46 terminal delivers 50 Mbps+ return link with ample fade margins. The fully-integrated two line replaceable units (LRUs) terminal consists of a RF antenna assembly and ARINC600 4MCU MODMAN unit.

“AirTRx systems have already been installed and proven on various aircraft around the world; the unique technology, configuration and low weight provide a precise answer to regional jets as well. We anticipate many collaborations with our customers in the US and other regions,” added Eshchar.

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