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June 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-29-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) is supplying In-flight Connectivity (IFC) on Norwegian Air Shuttle's (NAS) new flights to the Caribbean region, according to Dave Davis, CEO of GEE.      A Norwegian crew member walks the aisles on one of the...
June 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-25-2015] Under a new draft Advisory Circular (AC), the FAA has proposed a set of requirements for airspace users to create an Airborne Network Security Program (ANSP). The AC lays out "an acceptable means" for operators to obtain operational approval for securing the onboard computer networks of certified aircraft.          Air to ground aircraft...
June 23, 2015
flydubai aircraft on runway. Photo: flydubai [Avionics Today 06-23-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) will equip Dubai-based airline flydubai's current and future fleet of Next-Generation (NG) Boeing 737-800 aircraft with GEE’s broadband AirConnect satellite connectivity system. The deployment on flydubai will be...
June 22, 2015
Satcom Direct Router. Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 06-22-2015] The FAA has approved installation of the next-generation Satcom Direct Router (SDR) for Gulfstream Aerospace, an enhancement that aims to simplify cabin communications on the company’s G550 and G450 aircraft. “The addition of a smart router allows for more communications options in the cabin, including Satcom Direct’s...
June 19, 2015
Air Caraibes A350 XWB rendering. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 06-19-2015] Air Caraibes has selected Thales to supply the Avant In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) solutions for their new fleet of six A350 XWB aircraft. Air Caraibes...
June 18, 2015
SITA OnAir FlightTracker combines all available tracking sources to provide positioning. Photo: SITA OnAir [Avionics Today 06-18-2015] Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei and Norwegian Air Shuttle are the latest carriers to sign-up for SITA OnAir’s Aircom FlightTracker for aircraft tracking. The product uses existing equipment and re-purposes Air Traffic...
June 16, 2015
Airbus “Smarter Fleet” electronic Flight Folder. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 06-16-2015] Following the signature of an agreement at the 2015 Paris Air Show, AirAsia is the launch customer for the latest Airbus “Smarter Fleet” Electronic...
June 16, 2015
GX Aviation. Photo: Inmarsat [Avionics Today 06-16-2015] Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat have completed the first phase of hardware and satellite network flight tests for GX Aviation broadband services, which they promise can deliver in-flight wireless connectivity similar to what is available at home or in the office. The JetWave-branded hardware enables airplanes to connect to Inmarsat’s Global...
June 15, 2015
Rockwell Collins MultiScan Threat track will be featured on Alafco’s 85 A320 aircraft. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 06-15-2015] Rockwell Collins will pursue a series of initiatives that will increase capacity and expand the company’s ARINC global network throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The initiatives, aimed at proactively addressing growing air traffic and more...
June 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-15-2015] Medical flight diversions are extremely costly for airlines and can be difficult to deal with based on the route and diversion airport or area in which an operator has to land. However, as United Airlines Senior Vice President of Corporate Safety Michael Quiello discussed during a presentation at the 2015 Global Connected Aircraft Summit last week, telemedicine technology could...
June 12, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-12-2015] Experts from Zodiac, Cobham Satcom and Intelsat came together earlier this week to speak to the increasingly intense topic of aviation cyber security. During the 2015 Global Connected Aircraft Summit, at the “Cyber-Security: How Can a Connected Aircraft Manage This Threat?” session, the panelists addressed how fear and the progressively complex avionics and Air...
June 11, 2015
A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767–300. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 06-11-2015] L2 Consulting Services received an FAA-approved Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of the Cobham Satcom Aviator SwiftBroadband Satellite Communications System on Hawaiian Airlines 767-300 series aircraft, using Inmarsat's Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) Ground...
June 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-11-2015] As airlines grapple with ways to draw the most value from passenger connectivity, a fully free service is likely to stay out of reach for some time. In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) has turned into a boon for many satellite operators, along with other parts of the industry, but service providers cited the cost in Mbps as a reason passenger IFC may never be completely free. ...
June 10, 2015
Swiftbroadband coverage chart. Photo: Satcom Direct [Avionics Today 06-10-2015] Rockwell Collins announced that its ARINC aviation communications network is playing a central role in enabling Hawaiian Airlines’ operational evaluation of the Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband (SBB) service. SBB enables voice and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting...
June 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-10-2015] On the first day of the Global Connected Aircraft Summit (GCAS), attendees heard perspectives on In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) from five different airlines, all with different perspectives on one of the industry's hottest topics right now. Executives and managers from United Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Icelandair, and Nok Air all had unique perspectives on the business models...
June 9, 2015
An Intelsat EpicNG satellite. Photo: Intelsat [Avionics Today 06-09-2015] Intelsat has introduced IntelsatOne Flex for distribution partners serving the commercial air transport market. IntelsatOne Flex aggregates Intelsat’s global and Intelsat EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) fleet and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network into a simplified ecosystem that enables Intelsat’s distribution...
June 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-08-2015] XipLink, along with service partner Rockwell Collins ARINCDirect and routing technology partner International Communications Group, Inc. (ICG), announce the first production business aviation customers are now in service. The...
June 1, 2015
Aireon global space-based ADS-B diagram. Photo: Aireon [Avionics Today 06-01-2015] Iridium Communications has completed the first successful integration of the Aireon payload on an Iridium Next satellite. This is a key technical milestone toward the first launch of Iridium Next and the first...
June 1, 2015
The A6 Alliance of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and Eurocontrol are collaborating to define the provision of the New Pan-European Network Services (NewPENS). Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 06-01-2015] The A6 Alliance of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and Eurocontrol are working together on defining a major piece of communications infrastructure required to underpin...
May 27, 2015
Gogo’s 2Ku antenna. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 05-27-2015] Gogo has received the first of two Standard Type Certificates (STCs) from the FAA that will be required for the next generation 2Ku satellite connectivity service. The initial certification will allow Gogo to conduct...
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