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September 29, 2014
Phones and tablets can now stay connected throughout flight on European airlines. Photo: EASA [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced that it will now allow Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) to remain on and connected throughout nearly all phases of flight on commercial...
September 24, 2014
Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 09-23-2014] Rockwell Collins is looking to leverage growth in the connected aircraft market to bolster opportunities and revenue for the company. Speaking at the Citi 2014 Industrials Conference, Rockwell Collins CEO and President Kelly Ortberg noted a new business segment the company has created to manage the connectivity sector alongside the traditional defense and...
September 22, 2014
A diagram of Aireon’s global space-based ADS-B coverage. Photo: Aireon [Avionics Today 09-22-2014] Nav Canada and Aireon have announced a plan to provide a global emergency tracking solution that will be available free of charge for all Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft. The Aireon Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (Aireon ALERT) service will allow...
September 22, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-19-2014] Low cost airlines frequently target the business traveller as they look for ways to compete with more established airlines. Last week, that theme was evident at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London where Kenny Jacobs, CMO of Ryanair, said 25 percent of the Irish airline’s customers are now business passengers. Caption: Low-cost airlines are looking to use...
September 18, 2014
Gogo 2Ku dual antennas. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 09-18-2014] Following swiftly on the heels of Gogo’s recent announcement to provide In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) to Vietnam Airlines, the connectivity...
September 18, 2014
Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-18-2014] Hawaiian Airlines will become the first commercial airline to install Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband for flight deck applications, including Safety Services, on its Boeing 767-300s. The airline will use the system for Aircraft Communications...
September 18, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-19-2014] Globalstar, in collaboration with ADS-B Technologies, recently completed a four-day 7,000-mile flight test of a dual-link Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. The space-based ADS-B Link Augmentation System, or ALAS, is capable of tracking an aircraft’s location for every second of its trip. Flight path of Globalstar's ADS-B test flight. Photo...
September 17, 2014
The Airbus A350 XWB. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 09-17-2014] Building on Honeywell’s agreement with Inmarsat to exclusively develop, produce and distribute the onboard hardware that will enable users to connect to Inmarsat's GX Aviation network, Honeywell Aerospace and Thales have...
September 17, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-17-2014] Panasonic Avionics is introducing EMV-compliant Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology in its In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems. Passengers and crew will be able to use NFC-enabled smart...
September 16, 2014
Vietnam Airlines flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-16-2014] Gogo has won bidding to provide Vietnam Airlines with In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft and a majority of its Airbus A350 aircraft. While both companies are currently negotiating...
September 16, 2014
Bombardier Global 8000 business aircraft. Photo: Bombardier business aircraft [Avionics Today 09-16-2014] Bombardier Business Aircraft will be the launch business manufacturer for Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave Ka-Band satellite connectivity system. Honeywell's JetWave hardware supports Inmarsat's forthcoming Jet ConneX service which, when it goes live in 2015, will provide business jet...
September 16, 2014
Kontron Cab-n-Connect 28VDC designed for use in business jets and regional aircraft. Photo: Kontron [Avionics Today 09-16-2014] Kontron is looking to help airlines and other aircraft customers test out In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) through its avionics Systems Integration Lab (SIL) located at its North American headquarters in Poway, Calif. Built with the purpose of...
September 15, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-15-2014] Honeywell and Inmarsat are expanding their prior agreement to bring global connectivity to business and commercial aircrafts. The companies are planning on developing onboard hardware and network capabilities for government and military customers alongside exclusively developing, producing and distributing hardware that will enable users to connect to Inmarsat’s Global...
September 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-11-2014] Gogo's major announcement of a new partnership with wireless cell phone service provider T-Mobile has introduced a new model for in-flight smartphone connectivity. Beginning Sept. 17, T-Mobile customers will be able to send and receive text and picture messages and check their voicemail in-flight free of charge on Gogo-equipped commercial aircraft operating in the United States...
September 9, 2014
The Inmarsat 1-5 Global Xpress satellite. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 09-09-2014] Inmarsat and Rockwell Collins have signed the final agreement to make Rockwell Collins a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of GX Aviation to the commercial air transport market, bringing In-flight Connectivity (IFC) to...
September 8, 2014
A Transaero Airlines flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-08-14] Transaero Airlines has announced customer usage of its In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) system from the first six months of 2014. In the first half of the year, passengers...
September 5, 2014
The Cessna CJ3+ in flight. Photo: Cessna Aircraft Company [Avionics Today 09-05-2014] Cessna Aircraft Company has received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Cessna Citation CJ3+. Certification comes less than six months after the company introduced the new model in March...
September 3, 2014
Passengers using in-flight internet. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 09-03-2014] Gogo has announced that Aircell, the company's business aviation division, has rebranded under the name Gogo Business Aviation. The commercial and business divisions now share a brand, which Gogo believes will allow passengers to better identify the full extent of its business. While Aircell has...
August 26, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-26-2014] Aeromexico has been announced as the launch customer for Gogo's latest In-flight Connectivity (IFC) technology, 2Ku. According to Gogo, the Mexican airline will add 2Ku to at least 20 of its Boeing 737 passenger fleet.     Aeromexico Boeing 737. Photo: Boeing   First introduced in April 2014, 2Ku uses the same low-profile antennas as Gogo's Ground-to-Orbit (GTO)...
August 22, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-22-2014] The largest U.S. commercial airlines are spending more than $1 billion in monthly capital investment on upgrading their aircraft with in-flight Wi-Fi, USB ports for lie-flat seats and other upgrades according to a report on airline performance through the first six months of 2014 released by Airlines for America (A4A). Collectively, the nine largest U.S. passenger airlines spent...
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