Montreal-based Innotech Aviation and Esoteric's SkyPad app, now available free for download from Apple's iTunes Store, allows Innotech's I-Ku broadband system users to control the SkyPad IFE system with their personal iPads. Previously, they had to use custom-configured iPads with the SkyPad system installed. Now, all a user needs to do is download the SkyPad app.

Esoteric's SkyPad system combines audio/video compression and distribution technology with cloud computing. It is a wireless cabin entertainment and management system integrated with the Apple iPad and Ku-band Internet and can be installed as a stand-alone media system on any aircraft or integrated with any current high-speed satellite system and wireless router. Esoteric says its FAA-certified system represents a drastic reduction in weight, power consumption and installation time.

For its part, Innotech received multiple STC approvals from the FAA for installation of its I-Ku Airborne High-Speed Internet System on the Bombardier Global Express; European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval is expected shortly. The system combines Innotech proprietary software and technology with a ViaSat terminal and the company's worldwide Yonder network service.

The I-Ku system incorporates the ViaSat VMT-1500 airborne high-speed Internet terminal and delivers data and voice connections.

The Innotech proprietary software applications facilitate simultaneous access to high-speed Internet, VoIP, voice Wi-Fi and other office-in-the-sky applications. Simultaneous onboard connection can be made with any wireless devices, such as laptops, BlackBerrys, iPhones and iPads.