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Avionica VP Talks Aircraft Cloud and QAR Data SAAS on avSYNC

Avionica has unveiled the second version of its automated aircraft data synchronization service, avSYNC 2.0, with new cloud computing and improved cellular and Wi-Fi downloading and uploading capabilities. The Miami, Florida-based avionics manufacturer describes avSYNC as a web-hosted software ...

Viva Air Equips A320s With Teledyne Sim Service, Wireless Avionics

  Viva Air will equip a fleet of 50 new Airbus A320s with wireless data loading and transmission technology designed to improve aircraft health monitoring and parts loading among other aircraft electronic functionality. The Colombian airline received its first new A320 in October, with ...

Is the Aero Market Ready for Takeoff?

Back in the Jurassic Age, the big U.S. television networks distributed programs to affiliate stations over AT&T Long Lines. Then PBS and HBO showed that satellite offered a better deal, greater reliability, and less hassle, and the broadcast business for satellite was born. My friend ...

Competition Appeal Tribunal Rules in Favor of Inmarsat, Ofcom

  The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in London ruled in favor of Inmarsat and Ofcom. The CAT handed down its judgment dealing with Viasat’s challenge to Ofcom’s January authorization of Inmarsat’s U.K. complementary ground component (CGC), forming part of Inmarsat’s European ...

FlexAir to Provide IFC to Government Aircraft

Intelsat General Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A., revealed that it is launching FlexAir — a managed end-to-end service providing In Flight Connectivity (IFC). This service will be providing support to military aircraft in the way of communications and Intelligence, ...

ViaSat Eyes Future Growth in Connecting Commercial, Defense Aircraft

ViaSat estimates an addressable market size for more than 25,000 fixed- and rotary-wing U.S. military aircraft to be equipped with its in-flight connectivity technology in the next several years. The company is well known for its growth in providing in-flight internet to commercial airlines in ...

Gilat Receives Certification for Dual-Band Aero Terminal

Gilat Satellite Networks‘s dual-band aero terminal has passed the standard for the environmental testing of avionics hardware, and received the DO-160 certification. Gilat’s Ku-/Ka-band AeroEdge 6000 is now ready to install in all commercial aircraft. The AeroEdge 6000 is a terminal which can ...

GOL is Gogo’s Connected Aircraft Service Launch Partner

GOL Linhas Aereas will become the launch partner for Gogo’s aircraft data service, wireless quick access recorder (QAR) and automated turbulence reporting in an effort to bring increased access to real-time flight operational information for the Brazilian airline’s pilots and maintenance ...

Inmarsat Sees Q3 Growth in Aviation

  Inmarsat released its results for third quarter (Q3) 2018, and nine months ending Sept. 30 2018. During Q3 2018, overall group revenue (ex. Ligado) was $336.4 million, an increase of $12.6 million from the same period in 2017. Group Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and ...

Airlines Look to the Cloud for Responsive Customer Service

It’s no secret that customer experience is a key competitive differentiator within the airline industry. However, delivering on customer demands for more personalized travel experiences and maintaining high levels of customer service are increasingly challenging as the global tourism industry ...

First LEO In-Flight Connectivity Demonstration Complete

  Gilat Satellite Networks, Global Eagle, and Telesat played a key role in the first demonstration of an in-flight aircraft communicating at broadband speeds with a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite system. The industry milestone was achieved using Global Eagle’s Albatross Onetest ...

Biz Jet Buying is Trending Favorably for Satellite Connectivity

Over the next five years, 87% of newly purchased business jets are expected to require satellite communications technology to facilitate internet connectivity. According to the 2018 business aviation forecast published by Honeywell Aerospace, business jet manufacturers are projected to deliver 7, ...

Panasonic Avionics Discusses Cyber Protecting Connected Aircraft

In 2015, cybersecurity consultant Chris Roberts claimed to have hacked an airliner while riding it, drawing the immediate attention of federal authorities while underscoring the need for comprehensive cybersecurity for airliners that even now are becoming more rather than less connected. Lost in ...

Aer Lingus, Air Canada and Latam CEOs Discuss IFEC Strategies

At Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Expo 2018 in Boston last month, many airline Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) spoke to the importance of the connected aircraft, and the impact it has on their overall strategy. While they did not necessarily talk about satellite technology, it is clear that ...

Copa Airlines Evaluating In-Flight Internet as Future Fleet Upgrade

Copa Airlines is evaluating a future upgrade path to enabling in-flight internet across its fleet of more than 100 Boeing and Embraer aircraft. The Panama-based airline has lead Latin American carriers in on-time performance for five consecutive years, however none of those flights have occurred on ...

American Airlines Goes All in on Satellite Connectivity

American Airlines is turning on live television and using a satellite-focused in-flight connectivity model as the centerpiece of its new passenger experience strategy. By the end of 2019, the Texas-based operator of Airbus, Boeing and Embraer jets will have equipped the majority of its fleet with ...

WestJet Exec Highlights Changing Cyber Landscape

The cyber threat to airlines is growing as hackers use more and more sophisticated techniques to gain access to valuable customer data. Devon Smibert, director of cybersecurity at Canadian airline WestJet, spoke at the Aviation Festival in London about the cyber challenges facing an airline such as ...

EasyJet, JetBlue CEOs Look to AI, IFC

The Aviation Festival kicked off day two in London with three CEOs from major airlines talking about the future of the industry. Although the CEOs did not directly address in-flight connectivity (IFC), airlines admitted that connectivity is key as they look to improve operational efficiency and the ...