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TrueNorth Express certified for airborne e-mail

Feb. 10, 2011, Ottawa - TrueNorth Avionics, the fast-growing developer of executive airborne telecom solutions, has announced that its TrueNorth Express, an affordable worldwide BlackBerry e-mail, BlackBerry Messenger, and BlackBerry PIN provider, has received Transport Canada certification via Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2), Mississauga, Ont.

February 10, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

MC2, TrueNorth’s dealer of the year for 2010, performed the initial installation aboard a Falcon 50 aircraft and, as the STC certificate holder, is already planning a number of additional installations.

The TrueNorth Express is a compact, plug-in hardware module that lets aircraft operators use their BlackBerry smartphones to send and receive e-mail worldwide over their existing Iridium satcom phone for a fraction of the cost of other units. Compatible with systems from most Iridium airborne telephone manufacturers, the TrueNorth Express offers global, walk-on-and-use-it convenience at an introductory price of $10,995, plus installation.

“The most affordable way to add reliable e-mail service for BlackBerry operators, the Express is both convenient to use and easy to install,” said Mark van Berkel, TrueNorth’s president. “And we’re also pleased that Mid-Canada Mod Center has been successful in showing its customers the value of the Express,” he added.

“The certification went quickly and smoothly, and we’re finding the Express is as easy to
sell as it is to install,” noted Bill Arseneault, VP of Mid-Canada Mod Center. “Aircraft operators are tired of having to pay a lot of money to use their smartphones for e-mail, and the TrueNorth Express is the right product at the right time,” he said.



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