July 2000 Issue

AirCell Flight Trial

Extravagant excess or indispensable business tool? We’re not sure, but the thing sure does work well.

[IMGCAP(1)] Now that the wireless world stands poised to equip every man, woman and child on the planet with a PDA—personal downtime annihilator— the era of the affordable airborne telephone has finally emerged.

After literally years of false starts and technical plot twists, AirCell, Inc. has gone from the are-you-guys-still-out-there phase to genuine hardware and service that’s ready for purchase.

Although AirCell’s network is still only about half complete, the system provides good coverage at high altitudes east of the Mississippi and by year’s end, most of the service gaps will be filled. We recently flew the system with AirCell’s test pilot Keith Griffith in a Mooney, tried som...

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