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January 2, 2014
The electric starter-generator system TopStart is Dassault’s choice for its Falcon 5X business jet. The Falcon 5X engine Snecma Silvercrest has control laws that sync well with TopStart according to Guy Lefebvre, Thales president. The TopStart unit includes three electronic control units and...
January 2, 2014
Raytheon Company won a $70 million firm-fixed-price contract for Advanced Countermeasures Electronic Systems (ACES) and Line...
January 2, 2014
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Corporation a $9.5 thousand contract for aircraft components and accessories Wednesday, Jan. 1 and an $8 million firm-fixed-price modification on an existing contract for Foreign Military Sales Division support efforts...
December 31, 2013
The Airfone air-to-ground communications network meets its end this New Year’s Eve Tuesday, Dec. 31. However, as Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 arrives, ASiQ Limited will deliver an alternative to the decommissioned service and Aircell costly replacement options.    The new service, dubbed Grrrilla, is a combination narrow and broadband system that connects to global cellphone networks and shares...
December 23, 2013
Panasonic Avionics and China Telecom Satellite Communications signed a firm agreement to jointly support in-flight connectivity for domestic and international airlines flying over Chinese airspace.    The firm agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two companies in July. Under the terms of the...
December 19, 2013
Aeromexico has a new agreement to add Gogo's in-flight connectivity network to its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Mexico's largest carrier said Thursday, Dec. 19.    Under the agreement Gogo's Ku-band satellite service will be provided for the 737 fleet, and Inmarsat's...
December 18, 2013
Panasonic Avionics Corp. on Wednesday Dec. 18 announced an upgrade to its global broadband satellite network ahead of what the company anticipates will be a "milestone year for in-flight Wi-Fi installations."   The upgrade will bring a 50 percent uplift in capacity to Panasonic's Global Communications Services on-board...
December 12, 2013
JetBlue Airways on Thursday Dec. 12 announced the launch of the first carrier-based Ka-band satellite in-flight connectivity network with its Fly-Fi service.     The first JetBlue Airbus A320 equipped with Fly-Fi. Photo, courtesy of JetBlue.   The New York-based airline is rolling the new service out on three Airbus A320s initially, with plans to expand Fly-Fi across its entire commercial...
December 12, 2013
Avionics manufacturers will gather in Shanghai in April for the 2014 Civil Avionics International Forum to get critical insights about the market demand from every part of the avionics supply chain in...
December 11, 2013
Honeywell and Inmarsat on Monday Dec. 9 announced the launch of the first of three satellites, the F1, for the Global Xpress constellation network for their GX Aviation program.    Both companies signed an agreement in April 2012 for GX Aviation, with Honeywell providing onboard aircraft hardware enabling passengers to connect to Inmarsat's network. GX Aviation is expected to deliver high-speed...
December 5, 2013
The option to send texts and even make calls while you fly is a gift that in-flight connectivity company Gogo is about to give to the world in 2014. However, this digital “bag of peanuts,” as Gogo CEO Michael Small calls the app designed to keep passengers happy, may be Gogo’s first and last service big enough to dole out to every seat on the plane.     Gogo's jet-propelled...
December 3, 2013
United Airlines has redesigned its fleet of Boeing 757-200s to feature in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity and premium cabin upgrades, the airline said Monday, Dec. 2.    The redesign was completed for a total of 15 aircraft, with in-flight connectivity service...
December 3, 2013
Gogo has received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA to begin installing its Ku-satellite network on Boeing 747-400s, the in-flight connectivity provider said Monday, Dec. 2.    The new...
November 22, 2013
Airlines could begin allowing in-flight cell phone calls as early as 2014, according to a statement released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).    The statement by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was released following the recent FAA policy shift to allow the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight. Recommendations from the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)...
November 21, 2013
Global Eagle Entertainment,which has announced that its WiFi service is now available gate-to-gate to passengers on Southwest Airlines, says it could see a significant spike in revenues, possibly over 10 percent annually.   John Guidon, Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder of Global Eagle Entertainment told Avionics magazine, “I could easily see it helping us increase revenues but let's wait...
November 14, 2013
Russian carrier Transaero is expanding its in-flight connectivity service to more aircraft, announcing plans Thursday to make the service available on 30 aircraft by the beginning of 2014.   ...
November 13, 2013
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is looking to certify in-flight cell phone calls, the agency said Wednesday along with announcing the approval of the use of personal electronic devices (PED) during all phases of flight.    European officials will publish guidance by the...
November 13, 2013
U.K.-based discount carrier EasyJet is looking to equip some of its aircraft with a volcanic ash detection system by the end of next year, the carrier said Wednesday.      [During testing, an A340-300 fitted with the AVOID sensor flew towards the artificial ash cloud and successfully identified it from distances of 37 miles. Photo, courtesy of Airbus.]   The European airline completed a...
November 11, 2013
Gogo is raising its 2013 high-end outlook to $325 million and is looking to expand its network to more foreign carriers, following a big third quarter earnings report, the Itasca, Ill.-based in-flight connectivity provider said Monday.    During the third quarter, total revenue increased to $85.4 million, up 48 percent from the same period a year ago, despite a segment loss for North America...
November 5, 2013
American Airlines passengers can begin using their personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight after the carrier received FAA approval for the expanded use Tuesday. The expansion was granted to American's entire mainline fleet as well as regional aircraft operated by their subsidiary American Eagle Airlines. Last week, the FAA announced its new...
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