Bombardier Aerospace announced the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a supplemental type certificate authorizing the installation of AirCell Axxess EZ – the revolutionary new satellite communications system – on widebody Challenger 600, Challenger 601 and Challenger 604 business jets. The first installation was successfully completed on a Challenger 604 aircraft in April at the Bombardier Service Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
The AirCell Axxess EZ system is designed to efficiently replace the MagnaStar airborne telephone system, which will soon become obsolete due to the termination of service scheduled for December 31, 2008. By using the existing MagnaStar wiring and component locations, the dual-channel, wireless and broadband-ready satellite telecommunications system can be installed without modifying the aircraft interior, allowing for a speedy return to service.
The AirCell Axxess EZ can be installed at Bombardier Service Centers in Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Hartford, Tucson and Wichita. Installation is also available through the Bombardier’s worldwide network of Authorized Service Facilities for Challenger aircraft.