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EMS Aviation unveils Aspire product family

Oct. 19, 2010, Atlanta, GA - EMS Aviation introduced the Aspire family  flexible, innovative Iridium and Inmarsat voice and data systems on Monday.

October 19, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

The Aspire family of airborne communication systems is designed to deliver feature-rich connectivity to owners and operators of small and medium-sized business aircraft.

“In-flight connectivity has become an essential element of aircraft operation,” said Nim Evatt, EMS
Aviation general manager. “The Aspire product family offers operators an easy upgrade path, and
customized bandwidth that will grow with their needs, making it easy for operators to fly like they live—
with seamless, global connections.”

With a number of aircraft owners expressing interest, EMS Aviation has announced that its first offering,
the Aspire 200 LG connectivity system, will be installed on a Cessna Sovereign aircraft. The Aspire 200
LG system is an Inmarsat cabin solution that offers voice and data connectivity through one channel of
SwiftBroadband (SB200) service. With a high-gain antenna, the system also supports automatic switching to Swift 64 services.

EMS will introduce the product line in phases. The Aspire family of communication systems will offer
various services from voice and/or data to high-speed Internet, while also providing flexible installation
and customizable capabilities and bandwidth.


Key to the Aspire family’s unprecedented flexibility is a standard wiring configuration and interfaces that
support either Iridium or Inmarsat components. These features mean owners and operators can easily
change or upgrade systems without rewiring. For airframe manufacturers, it provides the ability to wire an aircraft early in the production process without having to commit to a specific system until much later.

“Our innovative corded and wireless color touchscreen handset options represent a first in the business
aviation industry,” said Evatt. “Passengers and crew can use the handset to make calls and check e-mail,but it is also designed to allow users to add applications that will allow them to control many aspects of the cabin environment, like diming the lights or turning on an entertainment system.”

Available in 2011, the Aspire handset is being displayed for the first time this week at the National
Business Aviation Association (NBAA) EMS Aviation Exhibit, 6829.

The first Aspire product to market, Aspire 200 LG system, will be available in December. The system
includes a two-MCU (modular component unit) transceiver that weighs just eight pounds, an integrated
high-power/low-noise amplifier/diplexer (IPLD) and a blade antenna. Like its sister eNfusion® products,
the transceiver can be installed outside the aircraft’s pressure vessel for added flexibility.


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