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15 September 2016 — Arabian Aerospace

TrueNorth tunes in to cabin communications system

TrueNorth Avionics today unveiled its latest cabin communications system, Simphonē Pro (pronounced 'symphony') today with a special upgrade program for legacy Simphonē product owners.

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30 August 2016 — AIN Online

FAA OKs FANS-over-Iridium Solution for Gulfstream GIV/V

Gulfstream Aerospace has earned FAA approval to upgrade Gulfstream GIVs and GVs with FANS over Iridium using the TrueNorth Simphonē FANS 1/A+ datalink unit.

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6 June 2016 — Skies Magazine

TrueNorth connected.aero service to enhance inflight connectivity experience

TrueNorth has introduced connected.aero, which will be aviation’s first hybrid cloud solution designed to amplify bandwidth and enhance the inflight connectivity experience.

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26 April 2016 — AIN Online

TrueNorth Selected to Selected to Make AeroWave Router for BendixKing

BendixKing has picked TrueNorth Avionics to manufacture a router/wireless access point for the company’s AeroWave 100 satcom. The AeroWave router is based on TrueNorth’s Optelity Hot Spot “N” wireless access point, which was introduced last year and is targeted for turboprops and light to midsize jets.

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24 February 2016 — AIN Online

TrueNorth Marks 10th Anniversary

TrueNorth Avionics held its 10th anniversary celebration at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on February 23, 2016. From its start building handsets for what were then fairly crude airborne connectivity systems to today’s flying Wi-Fi networks, TrueNorth has ridden the technology wave and is poised to connect aircraft with next-generation satcom networks that are now coming on line.

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25 January 2016 — Runway Girl Network

 

Canada’s TrueNorth Avionics to enter commercial IFEC sector

On the heels of its 10–year anniversary TrueNorth Avionics, a Canadian firm with experience providing connected aircraft solutions for VIP/VVIP aircraft, is turning its attention to the commercial aviation sector.

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21 December 2015 — Aviation Week Network - B/CA

TrueNorth Confirms Optelity Compatibility

TrueNorth Avionics has confirmed that its Optelity Cabin Gateway and Hot Spot products will be compatible with SmartSky Network’s 4G LTE-based wireless network “to create an exceptional in-flight passenger communications

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17 November 2015 — AIN Online

TrueNorth Offers New Experience for Optelity Pro Buyers

For a new twist on in-flight entertainment (IFE), the TrueNorth Avionics Optelity Experience app provides a curated package of IFE content for aircraft equipped with the Optelity Pro cabin communications platform. Demonstrations are available at the TrueNorth booth (C13639).

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16 November 2015 — AIN Online

Optelity Care Keeps IFE Fresh

TrueNorth Avionics announced its new Optelity Care in-flight entertainment (IFE) support program at NBAA 2015. Optelity Care is designed to help operators keep airborne connectivity systems up-to-date as technology advances, specifically TrueNorth’s Optelity Pro Cabin Gateway wireless router and Iridium satcom.

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30 September 2015 — AIN Online

TrueNorth Offers Wireless Access to Smaller Aircraft

TrueNorth Avionics has unveiled a new “N” wireless access point and integrated router designed for light- to medium-sized jets and turboprops. The Optelity Hot Spot is a certified device and permanently installed in the aircraft. According to the company, “Unlike consumer-based carry-on gear, it is aviation certified for safe in-flight operation, and installed on the aircraft to eliminate power conversion issues.”  

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15 September 2015 — AIN Online

Clay Lacy STCs TrueNorth Fans-over-Iridium in CL-601

Clay Lacy Aviation has received an FAA supplemental type certificate for installation of a future air navigation system (FansS 1/A) package in a Challenger 601-3A/R that uses a TrueNorth Avionics Simphonē datalink unit (DLU). The TrueNorth DLU is “the only FAA TSO-C159a Fans-over-Iridium system for the flight deck,” according to the company. (The DLU is also EASA- and Transport Canada-approved.) 

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19 May 2015 — AIN Online

TrueNorth Starts Delivering Cabin Gateway Comms Platform

TrueNorth Avionics (Booth F045) has begun deliveries of its new Optelity Cabin Gateway communications platform, which it launched in October 2014. The company also reported here at the EBACE show (Booth F045) that it is working on developing a supplemental type certificate for the equipment to go on a Gulfstream GV aircraft. 

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18 May 2015 — Aviation Today

AMAC Aerospace Offers VVIP Customers Simple Smartphone Use through TrueNorth Avionics GSM

TrueNorth Avionics announced today at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland that AMAC Aerospace has installed the company’s Simphone Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication for a Boeing 747-8I aircraft completion. The Simphone Mobile GSM is a private GSM system designed for business jet operators. Passengers and crew can board the plane and use their own personal phones to text and talk without any additional configuration, apps or forwarding service.

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5 May 2015 — AIN Online

Operators’ Fans STC Options Growing

Companies that have received Fans supplemental type certificates (STCs) include Chicago Jet, Clay Lacy Aviation, Comlux America and Kaiser Air. While some installations can use existing Inmarsat satcoms, most Fans STCs include installation of an Iridium satcom to provide the datalink capability. Iridium systems from Gogo Business Aviation, International Communications Group (ICG) and True North Avionics have proved popular. 

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4 May 2015 — Aviation Today

FANS Exec Q&A With TrueNorth CEO Mark van Berkel

TrueNorth Avionics recently announced that it has achieved the first FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) C-159A with its Simphonē Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS-1/A+) capable Data Link Unit (DLU). The Canadian manufacturer first paved the way for development of the DLU with the introduction of its Iridium-based Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) interface in 2007. At the time there was no TSO for FANS over Iridium (FOI), which was first TSO'd by the FAA in 2010 with TSO C-159A.

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21 October 2014 — NBAA Convention News

True North Future-Proofs Connectivity with Optelity

True North Avionics will this afternoon unveil its new Optelity family of inflight connectivity products here at the NBAA show (Booth 2881). The new wireless connectivity platform is being marketed with fixed pricing that covers all costs associated with updating software and hardware for future needs. The Canadian company says this approach is modeled on the power-by-the-hour concepts successfully applied for supporting aircraft engines.

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4 October 2014 — Aviation International News

Security Expert Raises Issues of Satcom Vulnerabilities

“We’ve had these questions from customers,” said TrueNorth Avionics chief technology officer Terry Markovich. TrueNorth manufactures airborne telecom systems that work with most aviation satcom systems. “A lot of the things [Santamarta] pointed out are potentially real problems,” he said. “He demonstrated some things on land mobile and ship-based systems and implied these vulnerabilities may be existing.”

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17 May 2014 — EBACE Convention News

TrueNorth Simplifies FANS With Iridium Data Link Unit

TrueNorth Avionics is on track to receive the first FAA technical standard order (TSO) certification for its new FANS 1/A-capable Simphone data link unit (DLU), which enables FANS-over-Iridium communication over oceanic routes. The new DLU has already achieved RTCA DO-178B level-D software certification, and the TSO is expected shortly.

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16 April 2014 — European CEO

TrueNorth Avionics clients using business aviation as productivity tool

Business aviation is not simply a convenient mode of transport, but an incredibly effective productivity tool and a business strategy in itself.

“The miniaturisation of technology, the advent of the smartphone, wi-fi, these are the major innovations that have really changed the way we work,” says Mark van Berkel, CEO of TrueNorth Avionics, a man who knows all about the technological changes that have enabled the workplace and the new opportunities to have emerged in the business aviation.

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21 October 2013 — Aviation International News

TrueNorth Luxury Handset Goes Cordless

TrueNorth Avionics unveiled its new Stylus Wi-Fi handset at NBAA.

TrueNorth Avionics is introducing its new Luxury Stylus cordless handset here at NBAA 2013 (Booth No. C12440). “It features the same industry leading high-fidelity voice and multilingual interface as the original Stylus,” said CEO Mark van Berkel.

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19 September 2013 — The Globe and Mail

Mavericks

Because every private jet needs a phone system to match

Simphone Mobile has been designed specifically for business aviation and enables biz-jet owners and operators to offer airborne voice and text services, allowing passengers and

Sky’s the limit? Not for Mark van Berkel, president and chief executive officer of TrueNorth Avionics Inc. in Ottawa.

Nine years ago, when he was working for a company that specialized in satellite communications for the aerospace industry, Mr. Van Berkel pitched the idea of developing high-performance telephone handsets for airplanes based on voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) technology.

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12 December 2012 — Arabian Aerospace

MEBA2012: TrueNorth heading in a new direction

Ottawa-headquartered TrueNorth Avionics (stand 393) unveiled its new GSM-based mobile phone system at MEBA today.

Simphone Mobile has been designed specifically for business aviation and enables biz-jet owners and operators to offer airborne voice and text services, allowing passengers and crew to talk and text with their own mobile phones from the moment they board the aircraft.

The single line replaceable unit (LRU) is installed alongside the TrueNorth Simphone Chorus system, which already provides Internet, e-mail and WiFi capabilities, as well as high definition on-board voice.

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5 November 2012 — Aviation News Online

TrueNorth Partners With Flying Colours

TrueNorth Avionics’ Stylus cord-and-reel handset is now “ready for purchase and immediate delivery,” with Peterborough, Canada-based Flying Colours as the first of the company’s partners to install the equipment.

A wireless variant is in the works and can be expected in the near future, added a spokeswoman.

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30 October 2012 — Canadian Skies Magazine

TrueNorth and Standard Aero Work to Develop STCs

TrueNorth Avionics Inc. and StandardAero are to work together to develop supplemental type certificates for mid-size to large cabin business jets, the companies announced today.

“We’ve always made it our mission to provide high-quality, innovative communications solutions for business jet owners and operators, but more than this, we want to make it easy for them to benefit from onboard connectivity,” said TrueNorth CEO, Mark van Berkel. “We’ve been impressed with the depth of expertise that StandardAero brings to large projects and cabin communications, particularly in this new era of GSM (global system for mobile communication) on large aircraft. Their extreme level of competence is evidenced by several recent certifications of our TrueNorth Simphone cabin communications system on Gulfstream GIII, GIV, GV, G450, and G550 aircraft.”

3 May 2012 — Ottawa Business Journal

Flying in Style

TrueNorth Avionics Inc. and StandardAero are to work together to develop supplemental type certificates for mid-size to large cabin business jets, the companies announced today.

“We’ve always made it our mission to provide high-quality, innovative communications solutions for business jet owners and operators, but more than this, we want to make it easy for them to benefit from onboard connectivity,” said TrueNorth CEO, Mark van Berkel. “We’ve been impressed with the depth of expertise that StandardAero brings to large projects and cabin communications, particularly in this new era of GSM (global system for mobile communication) on large aircraft. Their extreme level of competence is evidenced by several recent certifications of our TrueNorth Simphone cabin communications system on Gulfstream GIII, GIV, GV, G450, and G550 aircraft.”

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3 May 2012 — Ottawa Business Journal

Classic sales pitches lift aviation technology

After six years running an aviation electronics company in a struggling industry, TrueNorth Avionics CEO Mark van Berkel says it was the tried-and-true sales techniques that helped the company achieve its growth.

The Ottawa-based company builds systems that keeps fliers on executive jets connected to the Internet and cell phone service in the air.

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7 March 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

Connecting with the business jet crowd

TrueNorth Avionics builds sales supplying telecommunications to select airborne market

Article by Bert Hill, Ottawa Citizen, March 7, 2012. - The prime minister, the premier of Ontario and U.S military VIPs use its products. So do country singer Taylor Swift and one-third of the Fortune Top 50 corporations. Yet most people have never heard of TrueNorth Avionics, an Ottawa company that helps business jet passengers keep in touch by phone, tablet, email and fax while they are high above the clouds.

8 December 2011

Advanced Telecom Systems Utilized by World's Leading Business Aircraft Operators

San Jose, California (Dec. 8, 2011) — Sanmina-SCI Corporation, a leading manufacturing solutions company making some of the world's most complex and valuable optical, RF, electronic and mechanical products, and TrueNorth Avionics, a leading innovator in airborne telecommunications solutions for voice, Internet data and Wi-Fi, today jointly announced that Sanmina-SCI will manufacture TrueNorth's in-cabin telecommunications equipment for business aircraft at its Ottawa, Ontario, Canada facility.

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