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August 7, 2015
Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 08-07-2015] Rockwell Collins has acquired Newport News, Virginia-based International Communications Group (ICG), a provider of satellite-based global voice and data communication products and services for the aviation industry. The initial purchase price was $50...
August 7, 2015
Passenger using in-flight connectivity. Photo: GEE [Avionics Today 08-07-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has acquired masFlight, an operational data analytics platform, and navAero, a developer of Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and cockpit data solutions in acquisitions that will form the foundation of GEE's new operations solutions business line. The new line aims...
August 7, 2015
[Avionics Today 08-07-2015] Gogo brushed off the recent contract loss to ViaSat for 10 aircraft in Virgin America’s fleet during its second quarter conference call Thursday, touting its latest contract win to supply GOL airlines’ fleet with 2Ku connectivity and turning to plans to implement its satellite option worldwide. While the company saw record quarterly revenue of $121.2 million, up 22...
August 6, 2015
Facebook’s completed Aquila UAS. Photo: Facebook [Avionics Today 08-06-2015] Facebook has completed construction of its first full-scale Aquila Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) as part of its Internet.org effort, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on his Facebook page. 

Aquila is a solar powered unmanned...
August 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 08-04-2015] Working with an industry partner, Airbus has developed a “connected” glasses tool for technicians to wear on the A330 final assembly line. The glasses enable precise positioning — down to the millimeter — during the cabin installation marking process, when operators designate the exact location where seats and cabin furnishings should be affixed inside...
August 4, 2015
Cobham Satcom aims to position itself as a growing presence on the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) landscape. The company supplies equipment to airlines to help them enable the next generation of connectivity services on their fleet. This includes major U.S. airline Hawaiian Airlines, which is currently running a key connectivity trial alongside Cobham that will likely come to an end over the next few months...
August 3, 2015
Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer for iPad. Photo: Pace [Avionics Today 08-03-2015] Aerospace software provider Pace has teamed up with UTC Aerospace Systems to provide pilots with a fuel efficiency application available on Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs). The Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer on-board software is available on the iPad to help pilots and...
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...
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