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December 10, 2014
A chart showing Swiftbroadband coverage. Photo: Satcom Direct [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Satcom Direct will increase Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband connection speeds through its Satcom Direct Router (SDR), which will support the ability to bond and aggregate multiple streaming connections in-flight. This...
December 10, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-10-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) and Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) program are teaming up and taking steps to boost efficiency in worldwide aircraft tracking, capacity and management through satellite-based communications. ESA’s Iris  program looks to create a satellite solution for advanced aviation communications and has...
December 9, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-09-2014] In an effort to assist with air transportation of aid workers and patients infected by the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, Lufthansa has donated one of its aircraft, originally scheduled for retirement, to the German Foreign Office. With onboard communications provided by Panasonic Avionics, the three entities — Lufthansa, Panasonic Avionics and the German Foreign...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Garmin unveiled its new Flight Stream 110/210 "Bluetooth wireless gateway," which enables connectivity and communication between select Garmin avionics and Garmin...
December 5, 2014
Bombardier Learjet 45. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Transport Canada has granted Star Navigation Systems Group a final Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to install its STAR-A.D.S. system on a Learjet 45 aircraft operated by Skyservice Business Aviation. The STAR-A.D.S...
December 5, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Air France has recently announced its intent to enter into a three-month In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) trial on short and medium haul routes through French telecommunications provider Orange — who has, in turn, chosen Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) as its own technology and content partner. The airborne Wi-Fi trial, which will take place this in the summer of 2015 on two...
December 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-04-2014] The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the MEDTEQ Consortium have confirmed grants to support the project for real-time telemedicine for emergency medical evacuation by air transport, manned by Star Navigation Systems Group and École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS)...
December 3, 2014
Thales Avant IFE system. Photo: Thales [Avionics Today 12-03-2014] Japan Airlines’ (JAL) new Boeing 787-8, which entered into revenue service on Dec. 1, has become the first carrier in...
November 26, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-26-2104] The Caribbean islands region can present some difficult weather-related flying environments, but aircraft connectivity is helping pilots in the region deal with those challenges everyday. Virgin Islands-based charter carrier Bohlke International's veteran aircraft fleet is proof that adding a tablet and Internet connectivity to legacy planes can provide enhanced situational...
November 24, 2014
Airberlin aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 11-24-2014] The Airberlin group, the second largest airline in Germany, has equipped the first two aircraft in its fleet with the new “airberlin connect” Wi-Fi service. The two Airbus A320s now offer a Wi-Fi system provided by Panasonic Avionics that...
November 24, 2014
United IFE on a personal device. Photo: United Airways [Avionics Today 11-24-2014] United Airlines customers using Android devices can now use the latest version of the United app to access the airline's complimentary personal device entertainment service. The service enables...
November 24, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-24-2014] AirMedia Group, an operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China, has partnered with China Telecom Satellite Communications (CTSAT) to jointly develop and operate a network for in-flight satellite connectivity services and multimedia cabin entertainment...
November 21, 2014
Passengers using Gogo. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 11-21-2014] United Airlines has selected Gogo to bring its in-flight Internet service to United's two-cabin regional jet fleet. Installation of Wi-Fi services, which will involve more than 200...
November 21, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-21-2014] SmartSky Networks, the engineers of an up-and-coming aviation communications network, has announced SatCom Direct as the exclusive business aviation service provider for the network when it comes available in 2016. SmartSky positioned itself as a main competitor for current connectivity top dog GoGo at NBAA last month when it announced its entry into the market alongside claims...
November 18, 2014
The 1Netv2 platform. Photo: Thompson Aerospace [Avionics Today 11-18-2014] Thompson Aerospace and the Macrolink division of B/E Aerospace have partnered to launch the second-generation data management platform, 1Netv2. The 1Netv2 builds on its predecessor the 1Net and was developed to meet the security requirements of DO-326 and FIPS 140-2 level 3. The system offers a retrofit solution for...
November 14, 2014
SmartSky 4G LTE Network rendering. Photo: Smartsky [Avionics Today 11-14-2014] Satcom Direct has been announced as the exclusive business aviation provider for the recently revealed SmartSky Networks 4G LTE-based wireless...
November 14, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-14-2014] Following AT&T’s recent decision to drop out of the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market, Gogo CEO Michael Small addressed a crowd at the Wells Fargo Technology, Media and Telecom Conference yesterday regarding Gogo’s future as well as the many barriers to entering the aircraft connectivity scene. AT&T, which announced its entry into the IFC sector in March of...
November 13, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-13-2014] AT&T has decided to drop its future plans for an Air-to-Ground (ATG) 4G aircraft connectivity network that was first announced in April. At the time, the telecommunications provider had announced Honeywell Aerospace as the exclusive supplier of its aircraft hardware for the network.    Going forward...
November 13, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-13-2014] Air China has selected the Thales TopFlight satellite communications solution for its order of 22 Boeing 737 aircraft, scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2016. The...
November 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-11-2014] In-flight Connectivity (IFC) service provider Gogo reported a record $104 million in 2014 third quarter revenue. According to Gogo CEO Michael Small, the company is currently focused on expanding its presence beyond North America, where it now serves more than 9,000 aircraft. The company's backlog has reached more than 1,000 aircraft requiring new connectivity installations...
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