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July 28, 2015
WestJet is launching wireless connectivity on its flight routes. Photo: WestJet [Avionics Today 07-28-2015] WestJet has started rolling out its new In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system featuring wireless In-Flight Connectivity (IFC). Called WestJet Connect, the system will be activated on all of WestJet's Boeing 767ER aircraft and more than 30 percent of WestJet's Boeing...
July 27, 2015
Rockwell Collins connectivity segment looks to offset other market softness. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 07-27-2015] Rockwell Collins has tightened its 2015 full year forecast as a lacking commercial aftermarket and slowing business aviation programs pump the brakes on top line growth. In the company’s third quarter 2015 conference call on Friday, Rockwell Collins Chief Executive Officer...
July 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-23-2015] While the commercial airline world has an abundance of In-flight Connectivity (IFC) solutions and technologies available, IFC providers and manufacturers are still trying to find the sweet spot for aircraft connectivity in the lower end of the General Aviation (GA) market. During the 2015 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture show, spanning July 20-23...
July 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-22-2015] Virgin America announced earlier this month that it will use ViaSat’s hybrid Ka/Ku solution to deliver In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) on its next 10 deliveries of A320s in a move that may be a harbinger for hybrid connectivity solutions everywhere. With the airline’s fleet already fully equipped with Gogo’s Air-to-Ground (ATG) solution, ATG 4, the move to ViaSat...
July 23, 2015
Photo: SITA [Avionics Today 07-23-2015] SITA has acquired private company delair Air Traffic Systems GmbH, a provider of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) solutions for airports based in...
July 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-23-2015] Garmin and Jeppesen are broadening the Garmin Connext ecosystem compatibility to include Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. With compatible Garmin avionics, customers can wirelessly receive Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) weather and...
July 22, 2015
Avidyne IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs flight management system. Photo: Avidyne [Avionics Today 07-22-2015] Avidyne Corporation, a provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for General Aviation (GA) aircraft, has released a new Software Developer Kit (SDK) that allows third-party developers to create applications for smartphones and portable tablet devices using the wireless data streams coming out of the...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] ForeFlight has teamed up with Garmin to provide connectivity with Garmin avionics, broadening the flight planning, in-flight and connectivity capabilities available to pilots. When connected to Garmin Flight Stream, pilots...
July 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-13-2015] The Middle East region is one of the biggest growth areas in commercial aviation today, and in terms of airlines’ Research and Development (R&D) activity, Boeing is one of the industry's strongest players in the area. Avionics Magazine recently caught up with newly appointed Boeing Middle East President Bernie Dunn, who says the region is a strong area of growth for...
July 7, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-07-2015]  Virgin America has announced a new technology partnership with ViaSat Inc., that will bring significantly faster WiFi connectivity to the airline's 10 new A320 aircraft deliveries. Through this latest connectivity partnership, Virgin America will tap the power  of ViaSat-1, which provides connection speeds of up to 140 gigabits-per-second.     A passenger...
July 1, 2015
Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 07-01-2015] Rockwell Collins has announced a series of updates to its ARINCDirect Flight Operations System (FOS), including the ability to integrate with new tools and the launch of a new vendor alliance charter...
July 1, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-01-2015] Gogo is optimistic it will stay on top of the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market with its satellite-enabled 2Ku capability raising the ante for global connectivity. Speaking at the Nasdaq Investor Program in London on June 30, Gogo Chief Executive Officer Michael Small was heavy handed about the company’s confidence in its upcoming satellite solution. Graphic of...
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...
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