TrueNorth’s popularity with VIP/HOS operators extends beyond North America to European Union government executive aircraft installed by RUAG

Ottawa, Canada (July 7, 2010) — TrueNorth’s new Simphone¯ OpenCabin has been selected as the cabin communications system for its first European Union head of state (HOS) executive aircraft, being installed aboard a Bombardier Challenger under an EASA certification. The initial order from a new TrueNorth dealer, RUAG Aerospace Services GMBH, the installation is being performed at RUAG’s Oberpfaffenhofen (Munich), Germany, facility. Ideally situated to support aircraft based in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, RUAG is a strong new strategic partner for TrueNorth as it continues to see worldwide growth and acceptance for its advanced Simphone¯ OpenCabin product line.

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

“Designed for open networking, long life span and ease of use, our new Simphone¯ OpenCabin system is finding tremendous acceptance with VIP and HOS operators, in particular,” said Mark van Berkel, TrueNorth’s president. “We recognize that passengers in all types of aircraft are frustrated by old-style communications systems that prevent them from using their own smartphones and laptops, offer poor quality voice and data service, and provide no sustainable growth path, and heads of state are also impressed with the reliability and enterprise-level security that Simphone¯ OpenCabin offers,” he added.