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Wednesday
Jan052011

Banyan Receives Industry First STC Approval

On December 14, 2010, the FAA issued STC ST03901AT to the Banyan Avionics team based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) for the Thrane and Thrane AVIATOR 200 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) system for the Cessna 500, 550, S550, 552, 560, and 560XL aircraft.

“We are excited to receive the first STC for the SwiftBroadBand (SBB) 200 class of service in the United States,” said Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics. “Banyan has been one of the industry leaders for High Speed Data and Wi-Fi installations for the last three years and to receive this STC before most vendors have even delivered their products to the market clearly shows the vision of both Banyan and their partner Thrane and Thrane.”

The AVIATOR 200 turns the aircraft into a hot spot and enables pilots and passengers to use Wi-Fi enabled PDA devices including Blackberry®, iPhone® and iPads to access a multitude of applications such as email, Internet browsing, smart phone connectivity and voice communications.

“As the launch customer for this innovative new system, we could not be happier,” said Chief  Pilot Eduardo Gatica. “The passengers enjoy staying connected and entertained during the flight and before departure the crew can download the latest weather conditions, flight plans and charts on our iPads and EFB’s.”

This installation is economical and for a limited time; Banyan is installing the system at the introductory price of $75,000. The installation can be performed as quickly as two weeks and can be completed at Banyan during regular maintenance inspections. Banyan is currently obtaining ANAC Brazilian approval. To see a video of this product in action or for more information, visit banyanair.com/aviator200.

About Banyan Avionics:

The Banyan avionics team offers comprehensive avionics installations, repairs, modifications and is an authorized dealer for all major avionics manufacturers. In addition to High Speed Data solutions, they have extensive installation experience with In-Flight Entertainment upgrades, Glass Cockpits, LPV/WAAS upgrades, Flight Management Systems, Satellite TV, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems, Multifunction Displays, Satellite Communications, Iridium, and Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems. 

Banyan’s avionics department is certified as both an FAA and EASA repair station and has also earned repair station designations for Argentina, Brazil, Bermuda and Venezuela. Banyan also offers a mobile avionics team to provide services on location. For more information on Banyan’s other services, visit banyanair.com.

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