At Airtext we have “Raving Fans”. See some of their comments, stories, and videos below .
“An incredibly useful solution to an expensive problem at half the cost”
– Lance Toland
“Easy to use, Great Business Tool”
– Bob Wilson
“Works well, I really like it”
– Tom Haas
“Airtext provides the fast and reliable ability to text on the ground or in the air”
– John Dunham
“Another valuable modification is Airtext,” Miller said. “It’s an affordable option for electronic messaging while onboard, and it
has bridged the communication gap that would exist for an hour and a half to three hours depending on his mission.”
– Chris Miller Link: King Air Magazine
“We needed something that was a good option, worked well and was within our cost parameters, so we were happy to try out Airtext,” Joyce said. “We’ve been very satisfied. It’s made the King Air an even better tool in our toolbox.”
– Casey Joyce Link: King Air Magazine
“In trying to figure out a good solution to stay connected, I recently reached out to Send Solutions (http://airtext.aero/) after reading a review of their AirText system. For our Mustang, i was interested to have a reliable SMS / Text system that allows me to send an update on my ETA (Tail number is blocked so FlightAware is not useful), and allow my wife to conduct her business while en-route.
In contacting AirText, they send me their portable unit, called AirText LT – its a small form factor (about the size of the new iPhone Xs) and has a TNC connector to hook into the Iridium antenna port in the cabinet under the water tray in the Mustang.
The unit powers up quick upon receiving board power (am using a USB > Empower plug) and connects using low-power bluetooth to any device that is within 10-15′ radius. Once you download the AirText app, anyone on board can use the unit to do two-way texting as long as there is satellite signal. In addition to texting, the app also allows for Digital ATIS, METAR, and for some FBO’s, it provides the ability to directly text with a preselected number of FBO’s.
The acquisition cost of the unit is about $5k and provides reliable texting at any altitude; One REALLY cool feature is that the box can interact with a ‘Moving Map’ system they have built in-house…. using your mobile AirText App, you set the destination, and the AirText LT automatically sends route (ETA, Destination, Weather, location etc) to the moving map…..
The annual subscription is $300 and comes with ton of pre-paid texts….
As for installing the LT, since it is portable, you do not need any installation; I have ‘mounted’ it using velcro on the inside of the cabinet, out of the way.
I have attached a video of the moving map function, and a screenshot of the AirText APP; I will make a picture tomorrow of my ‘install’ in the plane.
Video of the moving map: https://youtu.be/Elc80jG4eqk“
– Robert Gribnau – Citation Mustang Owner/Operator