ICG’S new cordless ePhone system receives FAA supplemental type certificate for Falcon 900
August 6, 2012
International Communications Group (ICG) announced today that it has received two Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its new ePhone cordless cabin telephone system. Working with Chicago Jet Group, ICG completed the first STC on a Falcon 900 aircraft and also collaborated with L2 Consulting Services, Inc. to complete the requirements for a second STC for the installation of the Digital Enhanced Cordless Telephone (DECTtm) device on a Boeing 737-800 operated by a major US-based airline.
The first STC covers the ePhone's docking station, handset and base unit on the Falcon 900. Chicago Jet Group and ICG are also in the process of completing an STC on a cradle designed for bulkhead installations on a Falcon 50 in anticipation of FAA approval. ICG's bulkhead cradle was developed as a form and fit replacement to legacy cordless installations that utilizes existing mounting provisions.
In addition to the completion of the STCs on the ePhone components, ICG has also received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) from the FAA for the new ePhone handset, docking station and base unit. PMA is a combined design and production approval for modification and replacement articles. It allows a manufacturer to produce and sell these articles for installation on type certificated products.
"The ePhone STC opens up broad new opportunities for operators of Falcon 900s and other similar aircraft. Now that we've validated the installation and met all of the regulatory requirements, we can offer this upgrade to existing customers and even other modification shops so that they can easily upgrade existing on-board systems or provide the latest and most efficient on-board telephone system to new customers, as well," said Mike Mitera, president of Chicago Jet Group.
"The installation of ICG's ePhone by this major US airline will provide their crews with dedicated Satcom telephone service for use in medical emergencies. The airline's choice of the ICG ePhone reflects their trust in the reliability and quality of the cordless system in potentially serious situations. The ePhone represents an added layer of confidence for the airline's flight crews and underscores its value and potential utility for many other aircraft types," said L2 Consulting's President Mark Lebovitz.
ICG's ePhone system provides all contemporary telecom features including intercom calling, conferencing, and call hold. It also incorporates a host of new features such active cabin-noise reduction, Bluetooth® compatibility, and advanced power control which extends battery life by providing an auto shut-off feature that virtually eliminates the frequent "dead phone" syndrome common to WI-FI 802.11 handsets.
ICG's ergonomic ePhone utilizes digital VoIP technology and provides SIP calling via Ethernet connections. The system comes with a stylish cradle that can be mounted either vertically or horizontally. It provides battery charging and latches the handset during takeoff and landing. Among a host of other additional features, the ePhone handset also has a mini-USB port for uploading custom logos, screen savers and personalized phone directories. Its design is very similar to cordless executive or personal phones found in any office so it makes the transition from the boardroom to the airplane cabin almost unnoticeable.
Complete with cradle and base unit, the ePhone system weighs approximately 3 pounds. It has a large 2.2 inch, 240 x 320 Pixel, 256K color illuminated display, illuminated keypad, and the ability to upload a phone book or up to 500 vCard entries via Bluetooth. It will hold a charge for up to 200 hours in standby mode or up to 15 hours of talk time and can be personalized with a corporate logo screensaver. Multiple cordless units, up to 4 per base unit which can support up to three simultaneous phone calls can be installed in the aircraft cabin. Various mounting locations and techniques are available to support installation on any size airframe and to provide a convenient upgrade path for operators with existing cordless installations.
"This leading edge product is the culmination of some impressive innovation and effort on the part of our engineering and production staffs," said Scott Trainum, chief executive officer of ICG. "We anticipate increased interest in the ePhone now that customers and potential customers will have a chance to see them and experience their quality and reliability."
Press release issued by ICG.