Cutter Aviation announces the completion of the first Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for in-flight, high-speed wireless connectivity for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP family for Aircell Gogo Biz in-flight broadband. Cutter Aviation avionics engineers in Phoenix, Ariz. developed the STC in partnership with Aircell, a leader in in-flight connectivity solutions, utilizing the Aircell ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 systems for installation in the Beechjet airframe. The STC was awarded on December 19, 2011 after nearly a year of development and is now available for purchase and installation on all Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP light business jet aircraft.
“In-flight wireless internet access is no longer just an ‘extra’ for business aviation aircraft… it has become a requirement for peak in-flight productivity in the digital age” said David Lohmeyer, director of R&D for Aircraft Avionics and Services at Cutter Aviation. “Beechjet and Hawker 400XP operators have been waiting for a light, cost-effective in-flight WiFi solution for their aircraft and Cutter Aviation stepped up to meet their needs with the Aircell STC package.”
With the Aircell in-flight WiFi STC by Cutter Aviation, Beechjet operators may now enjoy Internet access in the air just like what they find at home, in the office, or at public “hotspots” like their local coffee shop. Laptops, tablets and smartphones connect in-flight with ease just like a normal WiFi connection. In-flight users connect at speeds up to 3.1 megabites per second (mbps) and network coverage extends nationwide. Unlike the heavy and expensive equipment used in many first-generation in-flight phone and internet systems found on other aircraft, the equipment and antennas developed by Aircell are light and compact enough for easy installation on a light jet like the Beechjet and more affordable than ever.
Various monthly data packages through the Aircell Gogo Biz provide internet access for a wide range of budgets, from basic connectivity through unlimited data plans.