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April 10, 2014
[Avionics Today April 10, 2014] Japan Airlines is expected to be among the first airlines to try out a new Ground to Orbit (GTO) in-flight connectivity service, 2Ku, which Gogo says will deliver peak connectivity speeds of more than 70 Mbps.         The Gogo One test aircraft. Photo, courtesy of Gogo.   Since first launching five years ago, Gogo, like its competitors, has been...
April 9, 2014
[Avionics Today April 9, 2014] Air Canada plans on rolling out Gogo's in-flight connectivity service across its North American fleet in May, according to Gogo CEO Michael Small.    Gogo   Currently Air Canada operates two Wi-Fi equipped Airbus A319s, and plans on adding connectivity to its remaining Airbus A319, A320 and A321 narrow-body and Embraer 190 fleet types, as well as its Air...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Continuing the recent trend of airlines going digital and paper-free in the in-flight environment, Delta is replacing manuals for its flight attendants with the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet (phone tablet).      Nokia Lumia Phablet. Photo, courtesy of Delta.   The Atlanta, Ga.-based carrier says it can save more than $1 million annually in reduced aircraft fuel...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Japan Airlines is expected to be among the first airlines to try out a new Ground to Orbit (GTO) in-flight connectivity service, 2Ku, which Gogo says will deliver peak connectivity speeds of more than 70 Mbps.    Since first launching five years ago, Gogo, like its competitors, has been trying to increase its in-flight...
April 7, 2014
In a recent presentation at the Aircraft Maintenance Summit in London, Euroconsult analyst Wei Li said that by the end of 2012 there were 940 commercial aircraft connected by satellites. According to the Paris-based company’s research, there are 2,600 commercial aircraft connected in total. Li said Euroconsult has forecast a 5 percent take rate by passengers, and that there are 56 airlines offering...
March 12, 2014
Though Gogo and Row44 in-flight connectivity investments have fallen short of financial returns expectations — since passengers have been unwilling to pay for connectivity — Ku- and Ka-band deployment marches on. Meanwhile, both short and long haul aircraft are slated for upgrades with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress and GX aviation services, to provide more options and global high-speed...
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...
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...
September 26, 2013
FAA's rules regulating the use of personal electronic devices (PED) on commercial aircraft are expected to change by 2014, as a federal advisory panel meets this week to complete its recommendations for changing the regulations.  (Photo: Internet OnAir on Emirates A380 Passenger connects onboard Emirates' A380 Copyright - Emirates.) An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) consisting of PED...
September 24, 2013
Global Eagle has a new agreement with satellite communications provider Thaicom to begin developing in-flight connectivity service for airlines within the Asia Pacific region.    Row 44, a Global Eagle subsidiary, will provide the hardware and...
September 12, 2013
Avionics equipment manufacturers and in-flight entertainment and connectivity service providers announced a series of new partnerships and service offerings designed to enhance passengers' in-flight experience at this week's Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and International Flight Services Association (IFSA) Expo in Anaheim, Calif.     Gogo announced a new service, Gogo...
September 5, 2013
JetBlue is on track to launch ViaSat's Ka-band satellite in-flight connectivity service this fall, after securing FAA type certification to begin installing the service on its fleet of Airbus A320s.    The New York-based airline has an agreement with Aviation Technical Services (ATS) to begin the installations on...
September 3, 2013
IFE Services has a new partnership agreement with Betria Interactive to begin introducing the FlightPath3D moving map to commercial aircraft.      (FlightPath3D moving map. Photo, courtesy of Betria.)   FlightPath3D, an in-flight moving mapping service, was recently deployed on flights for...
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...
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...
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 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...
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