Bombardier Aerospace today announced that Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) has completed the first Rockwell Collins Tailwind 500 Live TV system installation in Europe on board a Bombardier Global Express ultra long-range business jet. As the first Part 145 maintenance provider in Europe, LBAS completed the milestone installation at its Berlin facility in February 2006.
Lufthansa Technik, the majority shareholder of LBAS, compiled the engineering certification data from an aircraft operated by Geneva-based charter leader Privatair.
“Through a joint effort led by LBAS and including the support of Bombardier Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik and Rockwell Collins, customers and operators of Bombardier Challenger and Global business jets can now upgrade their current cabin entertainment system to include live TV,” noted Andreas Kaden, managing director, LBAS. “Based on engineering data developed during this first installation, a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) will be available for future installations on aircraft registered in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) member countries,” said Mr. Kaden.
Tailwind 500 enables aircraft to receive Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) television signals that provide passengers with access up to 475 channels of satellite video and audio programming in multiple geographic regions including the continental United States, Europe and the Middle East. A connection to the aircraft's navigation system allows Tailwind 500 to automatically determine its location. Based on the configuration of onboard receivers and services,
the system automatically determines the direction of the tail-mounted antenna, channel frequencies, polarization and which satellite receivers to activate.
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