August 2016 Issue

BendixKing AeroWave: Inmarsat-Based Data

For 40 bucks per hour, the AeroWave 100 cabin internet and voice system is suited for basic GA aircraft, but you’ll have to accept bandwidth limits.

To date, the trouble with cabin Wi-Fi systems has been two-fold: The hardware and data cost can be way too expensive for the market’s lower end, plus bandwidth issues generally make them too lousy to be useful when compared to ground-based web surfing. We’ll cut to the chase and say up front that BendixKing’s AeroWave 100 system succeeds in addressing the price thing, but doesn’t quite conquer the bandwidth limitations. But compared to other systems we’ve used, we think it represents serious progress from an installation and cost perspective.

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