Iridium OpenPort Aero Successfully Completes First Flight Test

The groundbreaking hour long flight test took place Friday, October 26, on a Bombardier Challenger 604.


WICHITA, Kan., November 1, 2012 – Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announced today that the first ever business aviation flight test for Iridium OpenPort AeroSMsystem breezed through without issue. 

The Iridium OpenPort Aero service leverages Iridium’s worldwide network of satellites, allowing users to stay connected via Wi-Fi to their Smartphone, tablet or laptop from takeoff to landing and pole-to-pole anywhere in the world.  Iridium OpenPort Aero provides bi-directional speeds of up to 134kbps and features three independent phone lines, enabling simultaneous voice and data connectivity.  

The groundbreaking hour long flight test took place Friday, October 26, on a Bombardier Challenger 604. The testing crew utilized four iPads and two smart phones to test speed levels, access web sites, download data, send email and texts and make phones calls over the Iridium network. 

Aboard the flight were test engineers for LiveTV as well as the director of maintenance and chief pilot for the aircraft.  Technology partner LiveTV, has adapted the Iridium OpenPort® technology for use in a wide range of aeronautical platforms and applications.

“The pilot was downloading weather information onto his iPad,” said LiveTV Flight Engineer Chris Brown.  “To have this system installed for the first time, fly with it for the first time, and have it come off flawlessly - was very exciting.”

The first Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is expected to be completed by the end of 2012 for the Bombardier Challenger 601-3A/3R, 604 and 605 models.  Additional aircraft model STC’s are planned for next year.

About Greenwich AeroGroup
Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc., owns and operates providers of general, commercial, government and military aviation services including: maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishments; fixed base operations; aircraft sales, charter and management; manufacturing and engineering; component repair and overhaul; parts distribution and financial services. Current locations include: Atlantic Aero, Inc., located at Piedmont-Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C.; Western Aircraft, Inc., located at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho; Summit Aviation, Inc., located at Summit Airport in Middletown, Del.; DAC International, Inc., located in Austin, Texas; Matrix Aviation, Inc., located in Wichita, Kan.; Professional Aviation Associates, Inc., located in Atlanta, Ga.; Professional Aircraft Accessories, Inc., located in Titusville, Fla.; NASAM, Inc., located in San Francisco, Calif., and GCCUS Inc. located in Aptos, Calif. Additionally, Greenwich AeroGroup owns an interest in Helivia Aero Taxi located in Rio de Janerio. News and information are available at www.greenwichaerogroup.com.

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