Banyan Air Service based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport recently completed an avionics installation on a private Boeing 727. The avionics installation was done at the customer’s maintenance base during a minimum maintenance inspection.
The aircraft was modified with the latest in Swift Broadband (SBB) technology. The AVIATOR 200 from Thrane and Thrane uses a small low-gain antenna that allows simultaneous voice and data capabilities. Up to 200Kbps data transfer rate for email, web browsing, VPN access and more. With a simple application any smartphone like the iPhone, Blackberry and Droid can be used to retrieve emails and make voice calls.
“For the past year our company looked at many different types of data systems before deciding on the Aviator 200 from Thrane and Thrane. The low profile antenna and price point that the AVIATOR 200 provides was appealing, but we wanted to make sure it met our needs,” stated Keith Baird, DOM for the B727. “Our next step was to find an Avionics shop that not only had the needed experience to install this sophisticated system, but would do the job on the road during our next scheduled maintenance inspection. Banyan Air Service in Fort Lauderdale has provided service support for our aircraft in the last few years and after meeting with their sales and installation crew we chose Banyan to perform our installation. We are very happy with the flexibility and expertise that Banyan provided. They even flew with the aircraft to perform all the final testing we requested.”
“Internet and email access is what the business traveler wants, they have it in the workplace, in their homes, even in the local coffee shop, and so why not have it when on board their aircraft,” stated Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics. “Since downtime is critical and movement of an aircraft like a B-727 is expensive, the customer was pleased with the flexibility we offered by doing the work at their selected maintenance facility.”