As part of a complete refurbishment of a Gulfstream GIV SP aircraft, ALTO Aviation partnered with VIP Completions, to install a new ALTO cabin audio system.

ALTO Aviation and VIP Completions upgrade audio experience

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As part of a complete refurbishment of a Gulfstream GIV SP aircraft, ALTO Aviation partnered with VIP Completions, to install a new ALTO cabin audio system.

As part of a complete refurbishment of a Gulfstream GIV SP aircraft, ALTO Aviation partnered with VIP Completions, to install a new ALTO cabin audio system.

The new ALTO Sound system replaced the obsolete factory-installed audio system. The installation included six ultralight, high-performance ASP-401 Mid-High loudspeakers, which are fit-compatible replacements for the original loudspeakers.

This cabin audio upgrade required a substantial improvement of the bass performance over the original system, which was achieved by strategically placing four ASW-279 ALTO Subwoofers into the aircraft’s two cabin zones, providing a crystal-clear, powerful, and balanced acoustic performance. In addition, the installation offered excellent sound performance throughout the cabin, fully supported by two ALTO DA-230 amplifiers.

An ALTO cabin systems engineer tuned the system onsite at the VIP Completions facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US to perfectly match the aircraft’s acoustic profile upon completing the installation. Following the specifications of the aircraft owner, the tuning focused on a fully optimised and powerful Stereo presentation, with special sonic attention and sweet spots specifically directed to the second row of VIP seats in the forward zone.

“The aircraft came with its original interior; at almost 20-years-old it was dated visually and cabin entertainment and connectivity standpoint. The owner wanted to modernise everything and insisted on the best of the best. We did not hesitate one second in recommending the ALTO product to ensure an incredible audio experience for the owner and all their guests,” said Ben Shirazy, President of VIP Completions.

“Every detail of this seamless installation by VIP Completions is simply outstanding and looks straight from the factory; we are so excited and thankful knowing that the ALTO Sound specifically designed for this project has exceeded their client’s strict audiophile requirements. We look forward to continuing our valued and consistent partnership with VIP Completions to provide their clients with unrivalled cabin sound quality and to continue exceeding their highest acoustic expectations,” Don Hamilton, ALTO Aviation President, said.

The installation is part of a complete aircraft refurbishment that included new wood, upholstery, carpeting, soft goods, plating, lighting, and audio and video upgrades.

ALTO Aviation has introduced its new 2022 Public Address (PA) and Passenger Entertainment Audio System specifically designed and customised for Embraer's light jet Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 in mind.

ALTO Aviation upgrades audio experience for Embraer Phenom 100/300 aircraft

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ALTO Aviation has introduced its new 2022 Public Address (PA) and Passenger Entertainment Audio System specifically designed and customised for Embraer's light jet Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 in mind.

ALTO Aviation has introduced its new 2022 Public Address (PA) and Passenger Entertainment Audio System specifically designed and customised for Embraer’s light jet Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 in mind.

ALTO Aviation cabin systems engineers have developed a PA system that employs a digital amplifier, and 100% fit compatible speakers for mounting in factory-provided speaker locations on all legacy Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft. The solution allows the pilot to communicate with great acoustic quality safety messages and announcements to any passenger in the cabin who not wearing intercom headphones.

The ALTO Phenom PA system with PA/chimes is specifically designed to provide Phenom 100 & 300 operators with an important safety feature that was never offered as part of the original Embraer Phenom factory completion.

The flight crew can make PA announcements from the cockpit by selecting the existing PA button on the audio panel. A PA chime will activate when the microphone is keyed, and the crew can make clear announcements to passengers without requiring them to wear headphones.

This versatile solution also adds entertainment audio to aircraft with an Embraer audio system installed and will provide all the cabin passengers with an ‘outstanding’ listening experience. Passengers can plug in their personal media device or connect to an optional ALTO Bluetooth receiver and listen to music through a customised ALTO Aviation premium digital sound system.

PA announcements override any entertainment audio playing during the PA event.

“I am always very excited offering all our clients’ solutions exclusively designed with their aircraft in mind. The 2022 PA/Entertainment Audio Upgrade program allows Phenom operators to invest in safety with a premium airline-quality PA system, and easily add amazing entertainment audio for their passengers to enjoy by upgrading to a powerful ALTO audio system,” said Steve Lord, Senior Technical Sales Manager & Embraer Program Specialist at ALTO Aviation.

Astronics antenna for Collins Aerospace's LuxStream IFC

Collins Aerospace awards Astronics with follow-on IFE contract

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Astronics antenna for Collins Aerospace's LuxStream IFC

Collins Aerospace has awarded Astronics Corporation a US$19 million order for business jet connectivity equipment to be delivered in 2022.

The order is a follow-on to the approximately $11 million order announced in February 2021.

There has been growing demand for Collins’ business aviation connectivity solution LuxStream, which provides high-speed world-wide connectivity to deliver a broad variety of remote conferencing services and streaming entertainment.

“We are excited to support the growing success of the Collins Aerospace Ku-band connectivity service,” said Michael Kuehn, Astronics CSC President. “We believe this order validates the continued success of Collins’ connectivity services and the performance of Astronics’ connectivity hardware. Astronics is committed to developing and producing the best connectivity hardware for airborne platforms.”

Gotham Studios' Goji Geotainment system

GAT installs Goji Geotainment IFE System

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Gotham Studios' Goji Geotainment system

Global Aviation Technologies (GAT) has successfully installed the first Goji Geotainment system, a plug-and-play replacement for legacy Collins Airshow cabin entertainment systems ideal for business jets.

The system offers passengers a state-of-the-art 3D moving map and flight information, as well as high-quality video and audio “stories” of the cities and points of interest shown on the map.

Global Aviation Technologies owns the STC for the installation and is the leading supplier of the Goji Geotainment System, developed by Gotham Studios. Goji is a drop-in upgrade for Collins Aerospace Airshow 200, 400 and 4,000 systems popular in business aircraft around the world, and its database allows global operation in several languages.

“The installation couldn’t have been easier for our technicians here at GAT and the Goji system is operating as promised,” said Woody Cottner, Vice-President of Business Development at GAT. “The concept, the quality of the content and the ease of operation for the passenger will make Goji a game-changer for fleet and individual aircraft owners alike.”

“We are very excited to be launching our new in-flight experience and sharing all of our wonderful stories about the places we are flying over,” Gotham Studios’ Russ Johnson said. “The in-flight tour guide dynamically assembles the stories based on current location and destination so that no two flights are ever the same.”

In addition to the 4K 3D moving map and high-resolution satellite imagery available on cabin monitors as well as passengers’ personal devices, the Goji Geotainment offers a continuous series of geo-relevant visual and audio stories or a more interactive mode to more fully explore points of interest, listen to music or watch personal movies.

The system can be customised with company branding and aircraft livery and the database is updated automatically.

“This is going to be a cost-effective way for fractional owners, charter operators and individual owners to enhance the cabin experience for passengers and really set their in-flight entertainment system above those found in other aircraft,” said Cottner. “Goji has been designed for quick installation, so we can return the aircraft to service very quickly.”

Collins Venue CMS

Flying Colours Corp. installs blended Venue and Alto switches

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Collins Venue CMS

Flying Colours Corp., has completed a 240-month heavy inspection for a Bombardier Global aircraft, that has included the installation of a Collins Venue Cabin Management System, blended with Alto Aviation switches. The controls are specifically designed to fit into previous switch panel location holes resulting in a solution that maximises client budget and reduces installation time significantly.

To support the existing Ka-band connectivity upgraded routers were repositioned to support cabin and flight deck connectivity. To optimise rest, relaxation, and productivity the AIMSKYLAB sound proofing system was integrated, considerably reducing noise in the cabin. Externally the aircraft fuselage was stripped and repainted to deliver an as new look to the airframe.

“Our experience installing the blended Venue and Alto Switch offering and our capacity to fulfill maintenance, interior, paint and avionics tasks makes Flying Colours Corp. an attractive choice for aircraft owners. Undertaking all the work at a single venue reduces down time and maximises budget which is also very appealing. For this customer the result was an improved ownership experience with improved connectivity, reduced noise levels and a new-look fuselage,” explains Eric Gillespie, Executive VP, Flying Colours Corp. “We have a consistent pipeline of Global heavy checks coming through the facility and our experience just keeps strengthening. This makes us a great option for owners looking for a provider that can meet all their maintenance, interiors, repairs and overhaul needs.”

The 240-month inspection involves completely stripping the aircraft down to the frame, enabling an in depth look at the aircraft fuselage to check for signs of everything from stress fractures to corrosion, as well as other issues that may have affected the structural integrity of the aircraft. The cabin was also laid bare, with panels, carpets, insulating surfaces floorboards, monuments, fairings, and side ledges removed for assessments and overhauls.

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Gulfstream Aerospace has surpassed 500 installations of Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX in-flight connectivity platform on its large-cabin aircraft.

Gulfstream passes IFC service installation milestone

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Gulfstream Aerospace has surpassed 500 installations of Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX in-flight connectivity platform on its large-cabin aircraft.

Gulfstream Aerospace has surpassed 500 installations of Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX in-flight connectivity platform on its large-cabin aircraft.

“Gulfstream owners expect a seamless transition from life on the ground to life on their aircraft, making connectivity essential,” said Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream. “This milestone illustrates our commitment to performance with high-speed connectivity and increased productivity, allowing our aircraft to truly be offices in the skies. As the industry leader in Jet ConneX installations, Gulfstream is dedicated to providing our customers with top-of-the-line products and services.”

Jet ConneX is powered by Inmarsat’s global Ka-band satellite network, providing extensive internet coverage that supports video streaming, file sharing and more. Certified by the US FAA and EASA, it transmits at speeds of approximately 20 megabits per second. Its coverage is worldwide and reliable over land and water through all phases of flight, with extended coverage over the polar regions coming soon. Honeywell and Satcom Direct hardware and technology also complement Gulfstream’s Connectivity Service.

“We are delighted to celebrate the 500th installation of our Jet ConneX in-flight broadband solution on Gulfstream aircraft and proud of their continued trust in Inmarsat,” said Kai Tang, Head of Business and General Aviation, Inmarsat. “This milestone is a testament to the Inmarsat ecosystem of partners and our joint commitment to delivering the highest standard of global connectivity to Gulfstream and their customers, for whom only the most reliable and consistent customer experience is acceptable. We look forward to building on this momentum and working side-by-side with Gulfstream on the next 500 installations and beyond.”

The Inmarsat Jet ConneX solution is available for all in-production, large-cabin aircraft, including the Gulfstream G650, the Gulfstream G650ER, the Gulfstream G500, the Gulfstream G600 and the all-new Gulfstream G700. It is also available as a retrofit option on in-service large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft, including the Gulfstream GIV, the Gulfstream GV, the Gulfstream G450 and the Gulfstream G550.

Gogo Business Aviation's AVANCE L3 system is to be installed as a factory option on new production G2+ Vision Jet aircraft from Cirrus Aircraft.

Gogo AVANCE L3 now a factory option on Cirrus G2+ Vision jets

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Gogo Business Aviation's AVANCE L3 system is to be installed as a factory option on new production G2+ Vision Jet aircraft from Cirrus Aircraft.

Gogo Business Aviation’s AVANCE L3 system is to be installed as a factory option on new production G2+ Vision Jet aircraft from Cirrus Aircraft.

“The need and desire to be connected in flight is not bound by aircraft size or aircraft mission – everyone who flies in their own aircraft deserves to have fast, reliable connectivity,” said Mark Sander, Vice President of OEM sales for Gogo. “The AVANCE L3 is clearly the best solution for personal jet owners and operators who want, fast, reliable inflight connectivity on the most reliable network for aviation.”

“Last year Gogo lowered its minimum service level from 10,000 feet AGL (above ground level) to 3,000 feet AGL which provides additional connectivity time to each flight,” Sander continued. “Today we’re seeing a trend where connectivity has become increasingly important on smaller aircraft such as light jets and turboprops.”

The Vision offers a spacious pilot and passenger-friendly cabin featuring panoramic windows, reclining seats, comfortable legroom for five adults and two children and the only turbine aircraft with a whole airframe parachute system as standard equipment.

Gulfstream Aerospace has expanded Gulfstream G600 completions operations to the Gulfstream Dallas facility.

Gulfstream expands Dallas facility capabilities

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Gulfstream Aerospace has expanded Gulfstream G600 completions operations to the Gulfstream Dallas facility.

Gulfstream Aerospace is to expand its Gulfstream Dallas facility with the addition of Gulfstream G600 completions operations.

As part of this expansion, Gulfstream’s director of Savannah completions, Melissa Grant, has been named Vice President and General Manager of the Dallas facility.

In addition to the Dallas expansion, Gulfstream large-cabin completions are conducted in Savannah and Appleton, Wisconsin.

“We are seeing great demand for our next-generation aircraft, including the G600,” said Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream. “Thanks to our long-term strategic planning, the growth of Gulfstream Customer Support at Fort Worth Alliance Airport is allowing us to optimise completions at our Dallas Love Field facility and add the G600 to operations there. Our world-class interior outfitters and artisans in Dallas will deliver the Gulfstream quality and excellence that has made our award-winning interiors the best in the business.”

Satcom Direct has confirmed the installation of its Ku-band Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX.

SD installs Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a Falcon 2000LX

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Satcom Direct has confirmed the installation of its Ku-band Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX.

Satcom Direct has confirmed the installation of its Ku-band Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX.

The antenna is already equipped on the SD Gulfstream G350. The addition of the Dassault platform to the validation process will double testing capacity to give direct comparative feedback about the system’s full capabilities.

“Adding a second platform will serve to further verify the benefits of integrating the new advanced technology antenna with the already proven SD ecosystem of hardware, software and terrestrial infrastructure. Our mission is to analyse the performance and deliver a powerful, reliable, validated, connectivity solution to our early adopter customers,” said Chris Moore SD President of Business Aviation. “The dual-testing on two very distinct aircraft platforms demonstrates our commitment to providing seamless end-to-end connectivity for a wider selection of aircraft types than ever before. Ahead of in-service evaluation with customers, which is slated to begin Q3 2021, it also provides us with the opportunity to generate our first commercial Supplemental Type Certificate which will support installation for Falcon 2000 owners worldwide.”

Further STCs will follow before the end of the year.

Installation of the Plane Simple dual variant antenna is taking place at the Dassault Falcon Jet facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. Aerial validation on the Falcon 2000LX begins in July and will confirm the terminal’s functionality across the Intelsat FlexExec network, stress the system by using simultaneous, multiple high-bandwidth applications, and verify its capabilities across a range of flight dynamics.

“We are focused on developing products for the business aviation community that have been designed specifically for the unique requirements of the sector. We are not repurposing existing technology but using our experience as business aviators to bring a series of antennas to market that will meet the demanding needs of our business, military and government aviation customers,” adds Moore.

The Plane Simple Ku-band antenna is the first in a series of antenna systems being developed by SD in partnership with Germany-based QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH. Once activated the terminal will support the Intelsat FlexExec Ku-band service, which has been designed specifically to support business aviation operator needs.

Honeywell and SmartSky target business aviation operators

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Honeywell has been appointed an authorised value-added reseller for SmartSky Networks’ air-to-ground services for North American business aviation operators.

The two companies have worked together since 2019, when Honeywell was named a value-added reseller by SmartSky for the commercial aviation market.

“Honeywell Aerospace has been a trusted commercial aviation partner to SmartSky,” said SmartSky CEO David Helfgott. “Expanding our relationship to include business aviation marks yet another important milestone and expands our ability to address this underserved market. Honeywell’s proven track record in providing innovative connectivity and flight services aligns well with SmartSky’s vision to enable and empower the emerging connected aircraft ecosystem.”

SmartSky’s air-to-ground network leverages 5G technologies to provide a reliable, more secure and affordable in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution for airlines and business aviation operators that want full-functioning IFC.

“This agreement with SmartSky expands the suite of connectivity services we offer business aviation customers operating routes throughout North America and will work seamlessly with the Honeywell Forge software and services platform,” said John Peterson, Vice President and General Manager, Software and Services, Honeywell Aerospace. “SmartSky’s Skytelligence platform, digital services and shipset products represent the latest in connectivity advancement, providing our customers best-in-class value for their networked aircraft needs.”

The Honeywell GoDirect Router will be authorised for use on the SmartSky Network for those business aviation customers choosing to partake of the full complement of Honeywell services and support.