International customers of in-flight communications firm TrueNorth Avionics can feel free to speak in their natural tongue now that the firm has introduced business aviation's first multilingual handset.

Designed to match the footprint of TrueNorth's previous-generation handsets, the so-called TrueNorth Stylus can be programmed to operate in any language, including those with dedicated character sets such as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Russian.

"As a world company supporting business aviation operators around the globe, we felt it was important to offer our international customers this level of consideration and support," said TrueNorth CEO Mark van Berkel.

"Even though we realize that English is the international language of aviation, we also understand that business aircraft operators - the actual users of airborne telecommunications systems - may be more comfortable and productive using a telecom system with an operating system that works on their own terms," he added.

The Stylus handset's capabilities are enabled in part by TrueNorth's software-centric Simphone OpenCabin telecommunications system.

Separately, TrueNorth has announced it is now an EASA Part-145 approved organization, complementing its Transport Canada and FAA-recognized status as an approved manufacturer for aeronautical products and an approved maintenance organization. "This approval will enable TrueNorth to provide even better support to its growing base of customers and dealers in the European Union," said the firm.

Source: Flight Daily News