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APEX Insight: Two products in Telefonix PDT’s Summit line of in-flight entertainment and connectivity hardware have been cleared for use in China by the country’s regulatory body for aviation.

Telefonix PDT’s CabinACe Wireless Access Point (WAP) and CabinPinnacle Server have received a Validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (VSTC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The VSTC, which is applicable to Boeing 737-700, -800, -900 and -900ER aircraft types, is part of Telefonix PDT’s current strategy to expand the direct offerability of its Summit line of in-flight entertainment and connectivity hardware within China.

This strategy – to create an “Internet of Flight” for the tech-savvy Chinese population – was explained by Michael Kuehn, president of Telefonix PDT, at this year’s In-Flight Connectivity Technology (ICT) Conference. He cited the 2016 SITA/Air Passenger Survey, which revealed that 98 percent of Chinese passengers carry at least one personal electronic device with them on-board, with more than 58 percent using them for in-flight entertainment. “For those of us that are industry veterans, we have seen the escalating importance of creating an integrated experience for passengers,” stated Kuehn. “At Telefonix PDT, we truly believe the time is now.”

“For those of us that are industry veterans, we have seen the escalating importance of creating an integrated experience for passengers.” — Michael Kuehn, Telefonix PD

The CabinPinnacle Server offers 4.8 TB of storage for IFE content, while the CabinACe WAP enables both flight crew and passenger use of multimedia streaming, gaming, point-of-sale applications and in-flight web browsing.

Certification is still underway for additional aircraft types, including the Airbus A320, as well as for remaining Summit line products, such as the CabinEdge Content Loader. This product is meant to be installed on cabin monuments or in other convenient locations within the aircraft’s cabin to allow for the loading of content to a remote server via one of four USB ports.

“Our commitment to the growing aviation market in Asia is unwavering,” commented Alan Manns, director of Aviation Business Development at Telefonix PDT. “Together, with our partners in the region, we will be able to support all aspects of IFEC hardware delivery. This is an exciting step towards our first Summit line installation in China.”

As previously announced, Telefonix PDT is set to begin manufacturing and repair services managed via its soon-to-launch wholly foreign-owned enterprise, Huizhou Telefonix Technology Co.