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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...
December 20, 2012
Boeing said Wednesday it has developed an advanced method to test wireless signals in airplane cabins, making it possible for passengers to enjoy more reliable connectivity when using networked personal electronic devices in the air. Boeing engineers created a new process for measuring radio signal quality using proprietary measurement technology and analysis tools. This enables engineers to more...
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 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...
December 4, 2012
Lufthansa German Airlines on Tuesday said it has began testing the BoardConnect in-flight entertainment system from Lufthansa Systems on an Airbus A320 stationed in Munich. The Lufthansa Systems system will enable passengers in business and economy class on flights from Munich to 34 short- and medium-haul destinations to watch movies, read digital newspapers and...
December 4, 2012
Etihad Airways on Monday launched its Etihad Wi-Fly in-flight Internet and mobile connectivity service, powered by the Panasonic Avionics Global Communications Suite. The airline’s first aircraft equipped with Panasonic’s communications technology, an Airbus A330-200, took flight today for Brussels, offering high-speed broadband Internet connectivity as well as data and mobile phone services...
November 21, 2012
Satellite operator Telesat signed a long-term contract with Panasonic Avionics to provide additional aeronautical broadband service over Latin America. This agreement represents a pre-launch sale for Telesat’s new Anik G1 satellite and comes on the heels of the contract Panasonic signed for Telstar 11N...
November 8, 2012
Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. signed an agreement to acquire Row 44 and an 86 percent stake in Advanced Inflight Alliance (AIA) to create "the largest entertainment and connectivity platform for the worldwide airline industry." Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Germany-based AIA is the leading supplier of games, movies, general entertainment and applications to 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 25, 2012
An airborne testing in Germany last month gathered data on the future collaboration of Europe’s two satellite navigation systems: Galileo and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). The helicopter used a variety of maneuvers to test how satnav...
October 15, 2012
Lars Thrane, founder of Danish satellite communications company Thrane & Thrane A/S, has announced his decision to leave the newly formed Cobham SATCOM following the acquisition of Thrane & Thrane A/S by...
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...
August 13, 2012
In-flight connectivity provider Gogo upgraded its in-flight internet access suite for Delta and Virgin America passengers to include free access to eBay...
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...
July 12, 2012
EASA issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect in-flight entertainment (IFE) system onboard Condor aircraft. Condor will be the first European airline to offer its passengers a wide range of video and audio on demand as well as...
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
Astronics subsidiary Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems signed a multi-year agreement with Thales Avionics to provide its EMPOWER In-Seat Power Systems and other power conversion product lines for integration with Thales’ In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) systems on...
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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