New inflight antenna systems unveiled

Starling Advanced Communication will present a family of the world’s fastest broadband antenna systems for in-flight applications and connectivity, at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference, to be held on October 17-19, 2006 in Orlando, Florida.The antenna family comprises two ultra-small bidirectional antenna systems. The first, MIJET (diameter 30’’ - 75 cm, height 6” - 15 cm) is an antenna for large size, long-range business aircraft, as well as any wide or narrow body commercial aircraft, and recently successfully passed its airworthiness test. The second is MiniMIJET (diameter 16’’ - 40 cm, height 4” - 10 cm), an antenna system for medium and small size business aircraft.

The new antennas open new horizons for business travelers, enabling broadband in-flight applications, such as the Internet, Intranet, VPN, PDA, VoIP, e-mail, mobile phones, video conferencing, instant messaging and various entertainment applications such as video-on-demand, live TV, online gaming and multimedia applications.

MIJET and MiniMIJET Ku-band antennas provide the industry’s best-of-breed solution for unmatched high-speed bit rates and superior cost-effectiveness, compared to L-band and air-to-ground technologies.

In addition to their compact size, both antennas set the highest level of performance and bit rate: MIJET - transmission bit rate of up to 1.25 Mbps and reception bit rate from 10-15 Mbps; and MiniMIJET - transmission bit rate of up to 384 Kbps and reception bit rate from 3-5 Mbps.

Both antenna systems are easy to install and require only one cable connection into the aircraft. All electronic and RF units are housed inside the antenna for optimal ease of installation and maintenance.


“Both antenna systems create new opportunities for business aircraft owners,” said Jacob Keret, VP Marketing and Sales of Starling. “The innovative antennas enable high-performance broadband services in all flight conditions, at the same service level as on the ground. Starling is committed to providing the industry’s most advanced capabilities at an affordable cost.”

Starling’s antennas have attracted the interest of many aircraft owners, and first customers will be announced by the end of this year. MIJET’s commercial version will be available in the first quarter of 2007, and MiniMIJET’s commercial version in the third quarter of 2007.

MIJET and MiniMIJET are based on Starling’s patent-pending CoMPA? (Coherent Multi-Panel Antenna) technology which enables data transmission and reception at true broadband bit rates via an extremely low profile antenna. CoMPA? combines transmission/reception capabilities with advanced signal processing, making it possible to build exceptionally small, low profile antennas that are suitable for the full range of mobile platforms. All electronic units are housed inside the antenna. CoMPA? supports varied elevation angles - enabling consistent global coverage, including over transatlantic and equatorial routes.