Rockwell Collins Introduces Apple-Friendly Skybox

Rockwell Collins Skybox

Rockwell Collins yesterday unveiled a cabin entertainment system called Skybox that is designed to act as an Apple TV device capable of storing up to 1 terabyte of data that can be accessed in the cabin on HD monitors as well as on up to 10 iOS devices, such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod. The idea is for business jet passengers to have access to the same entertainment and presentation capabilities they’re used to at home and in the office, Rockwell Collins said.

Skybox allows everyone in the cabin to have on-demand access to movies, TV shows, music or any other information that can be loaded into iTunes or iBooks and has been uploaded into the system. Besides the entertainment capability, Skybox allows the cabin to be turned into a meeting room in the sky, where presentations stored in iBooks can be shown to all the passengers in the cabin.

Customers can also send information that is not in the Skybox from an iPad to the cabin monitor via a wireless access point. The system does, however, not allow iOS devices to share data.

Rockwell Collins said it will likely offer this capability to other devices, such as Android devices, in the future.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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