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August 7, 2013
In-flight connectivity provider Gogo on Wednesday issued its first quarterly earnings report as a publicly traded company, reporting a net loss of $72.6 million for the second quarter, five times the net loss of $13.1 million seen in the same period last year.      The company attributes the net loss to increased expenses, including $44.8 million from accounting for derivative instruments...
July 31, 2013
ViaSat on Tuesday announced it has received blanket license radio station authorization for Ka-band aeronautical earth stations, which provides regulatory approval for airborne Ka-band service across the United States.      (Photo: ViaSat.)   The license will permit...
July 25, 2013
Panasonic Avionics on Thursday signed an agreement with China Telecom Satellite Communications (China Telecom Satellite) to support in-flight connectivity in the dynamic and growing Chinese market.    The signing of the memorandum of understanding will make possible the first ever provision of in-flight connectivity...
July 16, 2013
Boeing has a new agreement to begin marketing Panasonic Avionics' satellite-based in-flight broadband service eXConnect to government operators.    Under the agreement, Boeing will market the Ku-band aeronautical network to government customers both within and outside the United States. Panasonic is looking to target government operators who...
July 10, 2013
Thales on Tuesday named Dominique Giannoni as the new chief executive of its California-based in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) business.      Giannoni first joined the company as the...
July 9, 2013
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the first airline to launch commercial flights featuring the TriaGnoSys in-flight GSMConneX connectivity hardware.    The first PAL aircraft to be retrofitted with GSMConneX is a Boeing 777-300ER.  According to TriaGnoSys, GSMConneX will allow passengers to...
July 9, 2013
Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are launching trial flights featuring in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity provided by Panasonic Avionics, the company said Thursday.    The trial phase will last for the remainder of...
June 26, 2013
JetBlue became the latest airline to begin replacing pilots' paper flight manuals with iPads, announcing FAA approval for iPad-based electronic flight bags (EFB) on Wednesday.      The airline has already begun distributing iPads to all 2,500 of its pilots, after completing a trial phase...
June 24, 2013
FAA on Friday announced its decision to delay an ongoing safety assessment of the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight on commercial aircraft.    In January, the agency assembled a government-industry aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) tasked with determining the safety risks associated with expanding the in-flight use of PEDs on commercial flights. The ARC is...
June 24, 2013
American Airlines has replaced its paper flight manuals with electronic flight bags and discontinued paper revisions to terminal flight charts.      The airline completed testing of its iPad EFB in April, and has been granted approval from FAA to use EFBs during all phases of flight on all of its current fleet of...
June 19, 2013
Thales demonstrated the results of its in-flight entertainment (IFE) research and development efforts at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, displaying flat-screen displays designed for aircraft cabins with eye-tracking and gesture-control capabilities.     (Stuart Dunleavy of Thales, demonstrating the in-flight gesture control system. Photo: Avionics Magazine)   Stuart Dunleavy, Thales vice...
June 11, 2013
JetBlue is doubling its contract commitment for in-flight connectivity with ViaSat to $20 million, upgrading its 2011 agreement to deploy the first Ka-band commercial aviation broadband network on its commercial aircraft fleet.      ViaSat's in-flight Wi-Fi service, Fly-Fi, is powered by Exede Internet. In addition to the new contract upgrade, JetBlue will be billed for bandwidth charges...
June 3, 2013
Thales will incorporate MAINtag Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags on all of its new in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems onboard Airbus A350 XWB, A380 and new production...
May 22, 2013
Amjet Executive SA, a business jet operator based in Athens, Greece, is operating the first Dassault Falcon 7X business jet to be equipped with OnAir's in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity and mobile phone services.      (Dassault Falcon 7X. Photo...
May 10, 2013
In-flight connectivity could be faster and accessible to more commercial and business aircraft in a few years, under a proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a terrestrial-based air-to-ground mobile broadband service for aircraft flying in the National Airspace System (NAS).   The proposal would establish an air-to-ground Internet service first proposed to the...
April 22, 2013
Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES) signed a multi-year agreement with Panasonic Avionics to provide its EmPower In-Seat Power Systems for installation with Panasonic's In-Flight...
April 18, 2013
During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on aviation safety on Tuesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) requested a decision from FAA by the end of the year on expanding the in-flight use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) on commercial flights.    McCaskill has been a strong advocate for the issue in recent months, writing a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta expressing her concern...
April 16, 2013
Gogo subsidiary Aircell has completed the acquisition of LiveTV LLC's Airfone business unit. The acquisition includes LiveTV's 1 MHz air-to-ground spectrum license, and the Airfone in-flight communications service, network infrastructure and operational...
April 12, 2013
Honeywell and Boeing announced a new technical services agreement Wednesday to research and develop high-speed in-flight wireless connectivity. Under the agreement, the two companies will develop technologies for Boeing aircraft, including the 787, 777, 737 Next-Generation and 747-8.   The joint research team will test and develop hardware, software and potential services...
April 11, 2013
Two of the biggest companies in the in-flight connectivity industry, Thales and Gogo, announced a new partnership this week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. The partnership will combine Thales' TopConnect in-flight entertainment cabin system with Gogo's connectivity solutions to offer line-fit solutions to carriers worldwide.      (Gogo's Test Aircraft. Photo, courtesy of...
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