West Star Aviation has achieved new STCs, covering several Dassault, Gulfstream and Bombardier types in terms of Transmitting Portable Electronic Devices (TPED) compatibility in the 2.4 GHz/5GHz frequency band using IEEE 802.11 b/h/n/ac protocols. It means electronic devices can be used in flight without disrupting navigation signals.
The STCs were completed at the company’s facility in East Alton, Illinois, and cover the Falcon 900EX, 900B, 2000 and 7X, the Gulfstream GIV, and the Bombardier Challenger 604. West Star is in the process of finalizing these STCs for Challenger 601 and Global Express 5000/6000 aircraft, with projected completion in the fourth quarter of 2018.
“By blanketing these STCs we can minimize the downtime required for testing wi-fi installations in the cabin and flight decks, getting our customers back in the air more quickly since they do not have to wait for FAA approval,” said Dave Feuerhak, technical sales manager, avionics.