Banyan Air Service announced today that it and EMS Aviation, a division of mobile connectivity leader EMS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELMG have entered into an agreement to work together to obtain STC certifications on Gulfstream® models GII/GIII aircraft for the EMS Aspire™ 200 LG and eNfusion® systems and products. In addition, Banyan Air Services will be certifying the CNX® Cabin Gateway series Wi-Fi® solution for the GIV aircraft.
“We are excited to team with EMS Aviation to provide Gulfstream operators with airborne connectivity,” said Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics. “The flexibility and scalable architecture of the Aspire system, when combined with data acceleration and Wi-Fi capabilities, provides the versatility to meet the needs of our clients. Our customer’s aircraft are currently being outfitted with the Aspire 200 LG broadband system and augmented with a dual channel Iridium Satcom and we anticipate that we will receive STC approval through the Federal Aviation Authority early in the fourth quarter of 2011.
“EMS Aviation and Banyan have worked together for a number of years, and we are pleased to have their expertise as we continue our quest to enable in-flight connectivity in business jets that is unparalleled elsewhere in the industry,” said John Jarrell, General Manager, EMS Aviation. “With the pedigree of eNfusion systems behind it, the Aspire product family raises the bar with business aviation’s first purpose-built full color Android™ handset, designed to provide landline quality voice while offering cabin control. Other features including Wi-Fi®, exclusive acceleration and compression, are expected to be key momentum builders with operators, owners and OEMs alike.”
Like its sister eNfusion system, the Aspire 200 LG system is designed to transform an aircraft into an airborne hot spot and allows pilots and passengers to use Wi-Fi enabled PDA devices including BlackBerrys®, iPhones® and iPads® to access a multitude of applications; such as, E:, internet browsing, smart phone connectivity and voice communications.
About Banyan Avionics
The Banyan avionics team (banyanair.com) offers comprehensive avionics installations, repairs, modifications, and is an authorized dealer for all major avionics manufacturers. In addition to High Speed Data solutions, they have extensive installation experience with In-Flight Entertainment upgrades, Glass Cockpits, LPV/WAAS upgrades, Flight Management Systems, Satellite TV, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems, Multifunction Displays, Satellite Communications, Iridium, and Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems.
Banyan’s avionics department is certified as both an FAA and EASA repair station and has also earned repair station designations for Argentina, Brazil, Bermuda and Venezuela. Banyan also offers a mobile avionics team to provide services on location.
About EMS Technologies
As one of the world’s leading providers of wireless connectivity solutions, EMS Technologies, Inc. keeps people and systems connected — on land, at sea, in the air or in space. EMS offers industry-leading technology to support Aero Connectivity and Global Resource Management markets through a broad range of cutting-edge satellite and terrestrial network products; helping businesses, assets and people stay connected and promoting universal mobility, visibility and intelligence. EMS (NASDAQ: ELMG) serves customers through operations in 12 countries. Visit ems-t.com for more information.
EMS Aviation (emsaviation.com), a division of EMS Technologies, Inc., is a leading supplier of connectivity and in-cabin infrastructure equipment for a broad range of commercial and military aircraft. EMS Aviation’s products and services are designed to enable reliable worldwide Internet connectivity and in-flight entertainment, satellite-based messaging and tracking, rugged data management and storage, and data record and replay. The division is a leader in Inmarsat®, Iridium, Ku band and air-to-ground mobile connectivity solutions, with proven commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems.