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October 24, 2014
Qatar Airways first A380 in flight. Photo: Qatar Airways  [Avionics Today 10-24-2014] Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 entered service this month as a fully connected aircraft...
October 24, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-24-2014] In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) company SmartSky Networks has been making quite a splash since it’s emergence at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Orlando, Fla., earlier this week. With claims that the company’s 4G LTE Air-to-Ground (ATG) network will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently in the market, the...
October 21, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-21-2014] ViaSat is improving the performance of its In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) network for General Aviation (GA) customers. The company is increasing network capacity and improving speed for its Yonder Internet service for GA and bringing Exede In The Air to business executives, fractional owners, charter and jet card flyers, and others who...
October 21, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-21-2014] Nine months after its $1.4 billion purchase of airborne communications provider ARINC, Rockwell Collins' Information Management Services (IMS) division is laser-focused on its fastest growing segment: business aviation. Within the business aviation market, Rockwell Collins IMS Senior Vice President (SVP) Jeff Standerski sees the most growth opportunities in evolving aircraft...
October 20, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-20-2014] Global demand for business aviation is projected at deliveries of 9,450 new business jets valued at $280 billion between 2014 and 2024, according to the 23rd annual business aviation forecast released by Honeywell Aerospace ahead of NBAA 2014. Across all business jet segments, range is the top consideration for new purchases, along with an interest in cabin volume, connectivity...
October 20, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-20-2014] Bombardier introduced the latest variant of its Challenger business jet family, the Challenger 650, at the National Business Aviation (NBAA) Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. The 650  was introduced during a special unveiling event...
October 20, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-20-2014] Cessna's latest midsize business aircraft, the Citation Latitude, is making its public debut at NBAA 2014. The aircraft on display is one of four Latitudes...
October 17, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-17-2014] As Wi-Fi networks increasingly become standard on modern aircraft, aviation maintenance personnel are finding their workloads becoming increasingly more complex. Nowhere is this more of an issue than in the business aviation world, where aviation technicians responsible for troubleshooting and clearing the airworthiness of aircraft have a much different "need to know"...
October 17, 2014
Garmin Introduces Stand-Alone ADS-B Solution for Business and Transport Aircraft. Photo: Garmin [Avionics Today 10-17-2014] Garmin and partners from the company’s authorized dealer network will provide a stand-alone Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solution for business and transport aircraft. Garmin claims that this solution is minimally intrusive, satisfies global...
October 16, 2014
United Airlines flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-16-2014] Gogo has been selected by United Airlines to bring in-flight Internet service to it’s two-cabin regional jet fleet. Installation of Wi-Fi services, which will involve more than...
October 13, 2014
MUOS Manpack PRC-155 radio. Photo: General Dynamics C4 Systems [Avionics Today 10-13-2014]  General Dynamics C4 Systems supported a successful Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite communications (satcom) demonstration, connecting a U.S. Air Force C-17 mobility aircraft, flying over the Pacific Ocean, with a simulated airlift operations center at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Using...
October 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-08-2014] Boeing Network and Space Systems (N&SS) and Panasonic Avionics have partnered to develop a broadband, electronically steered phased array antenna for commercial airliners. The antenna will deliver in-flight Wi-Fi through Panasonic’s eXconnect broadband service while reducing fuel burn and emissions through a reported 65 percent reduction in weight compared to...
October 8, 2014
Customers Using SmartSky 4G LTE Network. Photo: SmartSky Networks [Avionics Today 10-08-2014] SmartSky Networks has announced it will launch the United States’ first airborne 4G LTE-based network, SmartSky 4G, for both commercial airlines and business aviation in 2016. According to the company, the technology will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and...
October 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-08-2014] The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate has awarded Elbit Systems of America a contract to deliver a technology demonstration for a mission critical secure broadband services solution for first responders and public safety users. This demonstration will include WideBridge, a solution that integrates mission-critical capabilities with...
October 7, 2014
Artist rendering of the Inmarsat I-5 satellite. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 10-07-2014] TECOM, designer and manufacturer of antenna systems, and Inmarsat have established a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) to manufacture Global...
October 6, 2014
Last week, on a return flight from Moscow to London, I was able to test Transaero Airlines’ In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service “Transaero Connect” for the first time. I was eager to see what I would make of the experience and, perhaps more importantly, whether this is an amenity I would pay for, given certain circumstances. Transaero Airlines Boeing 737. Photo: Transaero Log in was...
October 1, 2014
Patee Sarasin Nok Air CEO (center left) with Suphajee Suthumpun, Thaicom CEO (center right). Photo courtesy of Nok Air [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] The first flight to use Thaicom’s new satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service in...
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...
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