New Aircraft a First in S. Africa

Comarco Group literally ended 2014 on a high note. They obtained their new aircraft ZS-SMC from South Africa on 19 December 2014 with ground breaking WiFi and telecommunications system being installed as a first in Southern Africa.

December 2014

Comarco New Aircraft a First in Southern Africa

Comarco Group literally ended 2014 on a high note. They obtained their new aircraft ZS-SMC from South Africa on 19 December 2014 with ground breaking technology being installed as a first in Southern Africa. ZS-SMC is a Beechcraft King Air B200. It was decided to install an on board WiFi and telecommunications system within the aircraft.

This is what the aeronautical installation company had to say about this challenging first in South Africa:

"Aeronautical Instruments is proud to announce another South African first in Business aviation. In December 2014, we successfully completed the first Cobham Aviator 200 on board WiFi and telecommunications system, installation into a Beechcraft B200, ZS-SMC.

Along with this system we removed the existing radar screen and replaced it with an Avidyne EX600 MFD and removed the King KLN90 GPS and installed a Garmin GTN 625. With the appropriate converters installed and coupled to the autopilot, the aircraft now has full GPSS and RNAV capability, along with a situational awareness that is unsurpassed. Comarco also opted to install an Avidyne TAS traffic system for flying in mostly East Africa. This installation was not without difficulties. The aircrafts down time was in excess of three months due to the nature of this installation but overall the installation went very smoothly. The tricky part was the integration of the local cellular providers and Cobham on integration issues.

The Cobham Aviator 200 is now FAA STC'd for the B200, B300 and B350 range." 

This will enable Senior Comarco staff, their business partners and their customers to travel to remote locations at speed and in comfort, whilst staying up to date with e-mails and important business calls.

In addition, Comarco has fitted a custom made cargo pod to the King Air, which enables the aircraft to move larger quantities of spares, consumables and equipment rapidly to the operations field in order to suit both the company's requirements and those of their customers.

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