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May 19, 2011

Universal Increases In-Flight Connectivity with SwiftBroadband

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. has announced the expansion of its in-flight connectivity services with the addition of high-speed Inmarsat (News - Alert) SwiftBroadband(SM) satellite communications.

SwiftBroadband satellite communications is available to subscribers of UVdatalink, Universal's aircraft data link communications service. It also has the capability of expanding UVdatalink's Inmarsat service offering which already includes Swift (News - Alert) 64 and Classic Aero. The new in-flight connectivity service has been made possible because of the setting up of a new relationship between Vizada and Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Vizada (News - Alert) is the largest independent provider of mobile satellite services.

In a release, Randy Stephens, Divisional Vice President, Product Management and Specialty Services, Universal said that "With SwiftBroadband, we can now greatly increase the speed of in-flight connectivity for our UVdatalink subscribers who are SwiftBroadband compatible. Our clients and their passengers will now have access to faster and uninterrupted connectivity for their voice, SMS, e-mail, broadband internet, VPN and video conferencing needs."

In addition to SwiftBroadband, UVdatalink will also be able to provide support for direct dialing to the aircraft, which has been made available for both Inmarsat and Iridium (News - Alert) connections. Using this service, people on the ground will be able to reach and connect with any handset onboard an aircraft in flight. Calls from the ground can be made by using a 10-digit phone number.

Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., have completed more than 50 years in business aviation. The corporation currently has over 2.5 million trip legs facilitated. Universal Weather and Aviation provide their customers with solutions to help them meet their goals. The corporation has been providing greater efficiency and productivity through resources which include customized trip support, savings through the UVair Fuel Program, worldwide ground support from Universal Aviation(SM), online flight planning and trip tools, aircraft data link communications, and much more.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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