Aircell broadband gets EASA approval for Challenger

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Inflight connectivity provider Aircell has announced that its Aviator 300-based SwiftBroadband solution has received a supplemental type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Bombardier Challenger aircraft.

Christopher Whiteside, president of A J Walter Aviation, the UK-based owner of the Challenger 604 used as the certification platform, says: "We waited a long time to select an Internet system for our aircraft. Aircell's SwiftBroadband system has transformed the way we conduct business in flight. We can now use our BlackBerrys, laptops and iPads anywhere in the cabin over the Wi-Fi link.

Completed by Avionicare of Essex, UK, the new EASA STC covers Aircell's AVIATOR 300-based SwiftBroadband equipment package, including Wi-Fi service and a fuselage-mounted intermediate-gain antenna. The STC is valid for all Bombardier Challenger models, including the CL-600, CL-601, CL-604 and CL-605.

Aircell's SwiftBroadband solutions are powered by Thrane & Thrane.