As demand continues to grow for connectivity solutions onboard business aircraft, so too has the expectation among passengers that those systems meet their demands as seamlessly as possible. That makes it imperative for operators, flight crews and maintenance providers to understand the nuances of these increasingly complex systems.
Though a relative rarity just a decade ago, access to reliable internet on business aircraft is no longer considered a luxury. Passengers now expect – if not demand – to remain connected while onboard to maximize their productivity.
These different, but interconnected, elements of inflight connectivity were covered recently as part of NBAA’s Virtual Maintenance Conference, which has featured several presentations outlining concerns about installation, maintenance and security, including:
- The Three Domains of Aircraft Connectivity
- RFQ to Delivery – An MRO Perspective on Internet Mods
- Mitigating Business Aircraft Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities
With these added capabilities have come increased installation and maintenance challenges.
“The complexity of installations is growing,” said Jim MacDougall, vice president of product management for Gogo Business Aviation, in a recent presentation to the NBAA Leadership Council about inflight connectivity systems and solutions. “With limited real estate on an airplane to put satellites and units, how do we minimize the space we’re using so that customers can have more of a choice on what they install?”