FCC was asked to carry out a pre-buy review, IFE upgrades, maintenance inspections and complete exterior and interior refurbishment, including modification of the floorplan. The satcom system upgrade involved the attachment of LRUs, a tail-mounted antenna and a radome.
According to Eric Gillespie, executive vice president at FCC, their customer travels widely for business and requires continuous worldwide connectivity. They advised him to choose the Honeywell system because it offers advanced, flexible, high-speed technology, which will allow him to remain continuously connected.
The system makes use of the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) Aviation service. It has text and voice capabilities and supports video and TV streaming on multiple devices. It also supports data file transfers, video conferencing, web browsing and Wi-Fi-enabled e-mail.
Gillespie said that they are happy to use their status as a Bombardier authorised service facility to offer and install these advanced avionics systems. More and more owners of mid- to long-range private jets want to upgrade their connectivity, and they are in a position to offer the service because of their in-house avionics knowledge and experience.