September 14, 2010 – Five carriers have announced this year that they will install the Panasonic Avionics – AeroMobile eXPhone system, representing further commitments of over 160 aircraft.

2010 has been a year of continuing successes for AeroMobile, with growing operational experience matched by a raft of new customer commitments from Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Turkish Airlines and Air New Zealand.

The combined commitment of Cathay Pacific and subsidiary Dragonair also represents a milestone for the industry. A commitment to install in-flight cellular, live internet and TV services across all narrow and wide body aircraft including the Airbus A321 family.

AeroMobile’s total announced customer commitments now stand at 400 aircraft from ten carriers, spanning all available aviation satellite technologies. Seventy per cent of these commitments leverage Panasonic Avionics’ established and proven Ku solution, eXConnect.

AeroMobile’s CEO, Bjorn-Taale Sandberg says: “AeroMobile is now an established service, and the choice of many major international carriers. Our goal has always been to set the industry benchmark with an innovative and effective service offering, and we will continue to develop AeroMobile in the months ahead.”

Over the next six months, AeroMobile’s award-winning services will be launched on six major flag carriers together with a range of complimentary connectivity offerings including broadband internet and live TV – all together with its partner, Panasonic Avionics Corporation.

V Australia will launch later this year with the world’s first integrated IFE and cellular platform, taking the industry to a new level of innovation. Lufthansa is finalising launch plans for in-flight cellular, live internet and TV services.

By the end of 2010, AeroMobile is forecast to be operating on 91 wide body aircraft.

Simphone¯ OpenCabin Airborne Telecom System Impresses Operators & Dealers With Its Simple, Secure, Modular Approach, Prompting Dallas Avionics To Become An Exclusive Stocking Distributor

Ottawa, Canada – June 9, 2010 — TrueNorth Avionics, Inc. and Dallas Avionics of Dallas, TX, have expanded their distribution agreement to meet increased demand for the revolutionary Simphone¯ OpenCabin airborne telecommunications system, the first airborne phone system that’s as secure and reliable as it is easy to install. Recognized by Dallas Avionics as the ideal solution for business aircraft operators and dealers, Simphone¯ OpenCabin uses a menu-driven interface and software applications to simplify smartphone use, Internet data handling and Wi-Fi security; provides an exclusive operator-controlled tool for managing service costs; and eliminates installation problems for with its one-box LRU. With this agreement, Dallas Avionics will become a stocking distributor for Simphone¯ OpenCabin and will sell and support the TrueNorth system exclusively throughout North America.

The industry’s first software-centric telecom system, Simphone¯ OpenCabin brings business-class telecom features to corporate aviation and impresses with its ability to work simply and reliably. Added benefits of the all-digital system include unlimited service life, interfaces to all off-aircraft networks, built-in secure Wi-Fi and data routing, and superior voice quality.

“Since NBAA last year, we’ve experienced an unprecedented demand for our Simphone¯ OpenCabin product, and we just can’t keep them on the shelves,” said Mark van Berkel, TrueNorth’s president. “Now, with Dallas Avionics as our exclusive stocking distributor, operators will be able to get the industry’s best telecom system and most secure Wi-Fi with virtually no lead time. And with the known vulnerabilities of the other major airborne systems allowing unsecured access to aircraft networks, we don’t want operators to be disappointed by not getting Simphone¯ OpenCabin,” he added.

“We’re very excited about the prospect of representing the full TrueNorth product line since, in evaluating their systems, it’s clear that Simphone¯ OpenCabin is by far the most capable, secure and powerful airborne phone system available. In fact, I tell operators that it’s so advanced, it’s simple,” said W. Scott Davis, Vice President of Dallas Avionics. “With our network of sales representatives and automated distribution system, we look forward to helping bring TrueNorth the recognition it deserves, while eliminating the operating hassles so common with the complicated, hardware-driven systems sold by all the other airborne phone manufacturers,” he added.

Advanced software-centric airborne system will replace MagnaStars® on U.S. government C-37A VIP transport aircraft

Ottawa, Canada (April 7, 2010) — TrueNorth Avionics, Inc., has been selected to provide its Simphone¯ OpenCabin airborne telecommunications system for a second U.S. Air Force government VIP transport aircraft under the TARS (terrestrial aeronautical radiotelephone system) program, becoming the standard airborne telecom system for the Special Air Mission C-37A (Gulfstream V) fleet. The new contract, representing 9 aircraft systems (plus spares) in 2010 alone, is a significant follow-on to TrueNorth’s selection in 2009 for the Air Force’s C-37B (Gulfstream 550 model) VIP fleet. Under that contract, Simphone¯ OpenCabin is being installed in new aircraft, with C-37B completions done by Gulfstream/Long Beach. Initial installations for the C-37A retrofit program are being performed by Gulfstream/Savannah.

A revolutionary software-centric concept, the new Simphone¯ (pronounced ‘symphony’) OpenCabin system uses a suite of enterprise-level software applications (‘apps’) to bring advanced voice and data management capabilities to business aviation. Since current hardware-centric airborne telecom systems are heavy, complex, expensive to install and prone to obsolescence, TrueNorth developed a converged solution that interfaces with virtually any corporate aircraft, turning the airplane into an extension of ground-based IT and communications networks. Benefits include robust performance, an unlimited lifespan, enterprise-level security, significant long-term cost savings and the ability to add a wide variety of custom functions by simply uploading software.

“We’re pleased that the U.S. government, like so many business aircraft operators, has also determined that Simphone¯ OpenCabin is the way to eliminate problems with complex airborne data routing, limited Internet service, porous security, poor quality voice and obsolete hardware-centric equipment,” said Mark van Berkel, TrueNorth’s CEO.

New TrueNorth system to be installed by BizJet International on all program completions

Ottawa, Canada (March 1, 2010) — TrueNorth’s new Simphone¯ OpenCabin system has been selected by BizJet, a specialized provider of custom VIP, corporate and government aircraft, as the airborne telecommunications solution for the Airbus A318 Elite program. Simphone¯ OpenCabin systems will include a Wi-Fi local area network (LAN), high-speed data integration, TrueNorth’s corded and cordless handsets with available credit card readers, and an option for Iridium worldwide Satcom service. Installations will be performed under an FAA/EASA STC at BizJet’s newly expanded completion center in Tulsa, OK.

“We were impressed with the range and depth of capability, as well as the quality and customization options offered by TrueNorth’s OpenCabin system,” said Kai Roepke, V-P Corporate Completions for BizJet. “Our VIP customers expect the best and latest features, and with full VoIP capability, walk-on use of their own Wi-Fi smartphones and an open architecture that accommodates literally every available airborne communications network, the Simphone¯ OpenCabin solution is the ideal fit for the A318 Elite program,” he added.

“We’re very pleased that BizJet, which specializes in supporting the most demanding operators, saw the value of choosing Simphone¯ OpenCabin for airborne communications solution,” said Mark van Berkel, TrueNorth’s president. “This contract is further confirmation that, with its unique ability to add features and stay current throughout the life of the airframe, as well as its enterprise-level security, Simphone¯ OpenCabin is the new standard in airborne business telecommunications,” he concluded.

A revolutionary software-centric concept, the Simphone¯ (pronounced ‘symphony’) OpenCabin system uses a suite of enterprise-level software applications (‘apps’) to bring advanced voice and data-management capabilities to business aviation. Since current hardware-centric airborne telecom systems are heavy, complex, expensive to install and prone to obsolescence, TrueNorth developed a converged solution that turns a company’s aircraft into an extension of its corporate IT and communications networks. Benefits include robust, ‘office-in-the-sky’ performance; an unlimited lifespan; significant long-term cost savings; and the ability to add a wide variety of custom functions by simply uploading software apps.