Avionics Report

December 2014 Issue

Portable Datacomm: DeLorme inReach Tops

Cabin WiFi hotspots provide smartphone-integrated text, voice and data capability, but slow speeds and high data costs are major deterrents.

In today’s always-connected environment, the light airplane cabin is almost uniquely cut off from the world. For some, the sneaky workaround has been to simply use a smartphone for texting and talking at lower altitudes, but that violates an FCC ban.

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