Planning for the perfect airborne office with Wi-Fi and HSD
August 25, 2010
Photo illustration: A G-IV laptop video interface allows passengers to share presentations and documents on cabin monitors. » Click to enlarge.
Advancements in technology now allow business executives and their teams to collaborate, share and analyze data in flight as productively as they would on the ground. New High-Speed Data (HSD) solutions provide fast internet connections, and Wi-Fi solutions allow wireless connectivity onboard the aircraft. Such upgrades can dramatically improve in-flight communications and passenger accessibility.
Laptop Video Interface
Always request a laptop video interface with a new cabin video system. This allows passengers to use laptops to share presentations and documents on cabin monitors. It's a simple upgrade that allows a team to collaborate on complex projects and practice important presentations en route to a client.
Carry-on Encrypted Network Drive
A carry-on encrypted network drive is an external hard drive that uses a separate power supply and internet connection. It allows teams on the ground and in the air to access each other's working documents and "return" them prior to landing. This can be especially useful for legal teams to quickly process the acquisition of a competitor. These drives are easily encrypted to permit access only to those who require it.
For sensitive data, an aviation-grade router that supports encrypted communication to a ground based unit is desirable. Imagine an engineering crew operating at a remote location that needs to send sensitive information to the home office for analysis. A secure link to the home network would be available anywhere the aircraft is located.
When considering a satellite-based HSD solution, some equipment may need upgrading or an entirely new system may be required. For smaller aircraft, different solutions may need to be considered as the highest speeds are realized from High Gain antennas normally mounted in the tail cap. Fuselage-mounted antennas may or may not offer High Gain potential.
Also, carefully examine the proposal of the installing company. Look for proper, accompanying Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) that verify the equipment has been tested for your aircraft and is safe. Do not permit a commercial Wi-Fi system onboard your aircraft as it poses security risks and possible system interference problems.
Select an avionics installation company with dealership agreements for both Wi-Fi and HSD equipment. Dealers will receive the highest level of support from the manufacturer if extensive troubleshooting is necessary. Also verify that the company you choose has the necessary expertise. Make sure they have experience with your type of aircraft and fully understand your needs. If they don't seem knowledgeable on the topic, look for another company.
For more information about Wi-Fi and HSD solutions, visit http://www.DuncanAviation.aero/avionics and contact an Avionics Installation Sales Representative.
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