EMS Aviation has introduced the Aspire family of Iridium and Inmarsat voice and data airborne communication systems, designed to deliver "feature-rich" connectivity to owners and operators of small and medium-sized business aircraft.

"In-flight connectivity has become an essential element of aircraft operation," says Nim Evatt, EMS Aviation general manager. "The Aspire product family offers operators an easy upgrade path, and customized bandwidth that will grow with their needs, making it easy for operators to fly like they live-with seamless, global connections."

EMS viation Aspire family of Iridium and Inmarsat
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Available in 2011, the Aspire handset is being displayed f or the first time at NBAA.

EMS has announced that its first offering, the Aspire 200 LG, will be installed on a Cessna Sovereign aircraft. A standard wiring configuration and interfaces that support either Iridium or Inmarsat components mean owners and operators can change or upgrade systems without rewiring. For airframe manufacturers, it provides the ability to wire an aircraft early in the production process without having to commit to a specific connectivity system, says EMS.

"Our innovative corded and wireless color touch screen handset options represent a first in the business aviation industry," says Evatt. "Passengers and crew can use the handset to make calls and check e-mail, but it is also designed to allow users to add applications that will allow them to control many aspects of the cabin environment, like dimming the lights or turning on an entertainment system."

Source: Flight Daily News