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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...
January 29, 2013
Gilat Satellite Networks' subsidiary Wavestream has been awarded a contract by Honeywell to supply Ka-band transceivers for integration into airborne antenna systems to provide in-flight connectivity to the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) network. Scaled production for the transceivers is expected to begin in 2014. Honeywell and Inmarsat signed an agreement in April 2012 to provide global...
January 25, 2013
International Communications Group (ICG), of Newport News, Va., has completion of testing and receipt of Iridium Certified Equipment (ICE) designation for its NxtLink ICS-220A Iridium Communications System. The approval acknowledges that the ICS-220A has successfully fulfilled the requirements and functionality specified by Iridium for interfacing with its on-orbit satellite constellation. Testing was...
December 18, 2012
Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce says he is confident the company can make a strong impact in all areas of the in-flight connectivity business, including cabin and cockpit connectivity, particularly with the launch of its Ka-band Global Xpress satellites next year. Pearce said he sees Ku-band as “an interim technology” for the commercial connectivity market, saying it...
December 18, 2012
Greenwich AeroGroup's Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of the Iridium OpenPort Aero system on the Bombardier Challenger 601-3A/3R, 604 and 605 models. The mobile broadband system leverages Iridium’s worldwide...
December 12, 2012
Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management and HD entertainment system was recently installed by Jet Aviation Basel and delivered on an Airbus A319 CJ, the avionics manufacturer said Tuesday. The updated cabin features HD monitors and digital audio throughout the aircraft for watching Blu-Ray movies and other high-resolution content, such as real-time flight information...
December 12, 2012
Sabena Technics has contracted a cabin modification project for two Airbus A320 and one Airbus A318 with an undisclosed Middle East VIP operator. Within the scope of this contract, Sabena Technics said it is carrying out VIP cabin modification as well as satcom systems installation. The work is being performed by Sabena...
December 6, 2012
Banyan Air Service, based at Florida's Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), completed the second of two Bombardier Challenger 604s with the Aircell AGT-4000 Gogo in-flight internet system. One of the installations included the Aircell Axxess two-channel Iridium system, while both aircraft were certified for Wi-Fi in the cabin. The avionics installation was done at the...
November 5, 2012
A research report released Monday predicts Ka-band connectivity for in-flight applications will hit 6,000 by 2020. According to the latest findings from IMS Research, Ku-band will be the most popular technology at the end of 2015; with Ka-band becoming the market leader by 2020. Of the predicted 15,300 connected aircraft at the end of 2021, it is projected that 39 percent will utilize Ka-band...
November 1, 2012
Inmarsat has enhanced its SwiftBroadband technology capabilities and plans to focus on the continued development of its L-band services for aviation, the company announced at the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) annual conference on Oct. 31. The enhanced SwiftBroadband capabilities will become available in 2013 and will include introducing high data rate...
October 30, 2012
Honeywell Aerospace signed an agreement to make OnAir the distributor of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band aircraft connectivity services to the business and general aviation community. The five-year agreement was signed at the 2012...
October 29, 2012
Aircell said Avjet Corp., an international provider of aircraft charter and management solutions, has reached the mid-point in a program to equip its charter fleet with Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service. More than 50 percent of Avjet’s charter aircraft now offer the service. Gogo Biz allows passengers and flight crews to...
October 18, 2012
In-flight entertainment and communications systems provider Panasonic Avionics, of Lake Forest, Calif., signed an agreement with operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) to secure additional Ku-band capacity on the AsiaSat 5 satellite, an agreement that will bring new capacity and improve in-flight connectivity service over the Middle East and India. The agreement builds on an...
September 7, 2012
Satellite service provider Intelsat signed an agreement to provide broadband satellite capacity for Gogo to enable Wi-Fi access for transoceanic air routes and other areas around the globe starting in early 2013. Gogo signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract to use Ku-band satellite capacity on Intelsat 19, Intelsat 21, Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 27. These satellites are designed to provide high-speed...
August 29, 2012
NetJets is adding Aircell’s in-flight connectivity system to 100 additional aircraft in its fleet. Aircell said the 100 additional systems will establish NetJets as having 40 percent of its total fleet of business jets equipped with in-flight connectivity wireless services.  “For both...
August 27, 2012
FAA is forming a government-industry group to re-evaluate the current portable electronic device (PED) policies that regulate when devices can be used safely during commercial flights. The current FAA regulations require aircraft operators to determine that the radio frequencies emitted from PEDs do not interfere with flight safety before the operator authorizes them for use during certain phases of...
July 20, 2012
Intelsat S.A. on Wednesday announced a new contract with Panasonic Avionics for up to 1 Gbps of capacity on the recently announced Intelsat EpicNG satellite platform for in-flight consumer broadband and live TV services. The multi-year agreement will provide up to 80 Mbps per aircraft and 200 Mbps per spot beam for all...
June 13, 2012
Duncan Aviation, based in Lincoln, Neb., has installed and certified Aircell Broadband with in-flight Wi-Fi in a Learjet 45 and Challenger 600-2B16, including the 601-3A/601-3R/604 variants, via three supplemental type certificates (STC). “We’ve completed these installations and certifications in our major service locations in...
May 24, 2012
Wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) is expected to reach a global install-base of nearly 9,000 aircraft by 2021, roughly a third of the global fleet, according to a report by IMS Research. The major U.S.-based carriers in recent months have announced plans to outfit their fleets with connectivity services, whether satellite or air-to-ground. This connectivity can complement the traditional in-flight...
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