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#GCAPODCAST Ep. 20: Talking IFEC With Virgin Atlantic’s Mark Cheyney

On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft podcast, we spoke with Mark Cheyney, Virgin Atlantic’s head of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) development, for a look at how the airline’s use of connectivity continues to evolve. Cheyney explained Virgin’s...
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#GCAPODCAST Ep. 19: Valour’s Daniel Welch Talks Global Airline IFEC Equipage Rates

On a regional basis, airlines with hubs in North America have the highest rate of in-service airplanes featuring in-flight Internet in the world, according to the latest available data from Valour Consultancy’s in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) tracker. Established in...
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#GCAPODCAST Ep. 18: How IATA's 'Turbulence Aware' Helps Airlines Fly Steady

On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, we caught up with Katya Vashchankova, head of IATA’s meteorology program and Brent King, head of flight operations for IATA. The International Air Transportation Association’s (IATA) Turbulence Aware platform is a...
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#GCAPODCAST Ep. 17: How the World’s Only Flying Eye Hospital Uses Connectivity to Teach Medicine

Bruce Johnson is the director of aircraft operations for the Flying Eye Hospital at Orbis International. Orbis International operates the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, an MD-10 converted into an ophthalmic hospital and teaching facility that flies to developing nations...
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#GCAPODCAST Ep. 16: How Swiss Airlines' Digital Twin Improves Maintenance

Marcus Di Laurenzio is the project manager for Aviatar at SWISS Airlines. On this episode, we interview Marcus Di Laurenzio on how Swiss Airlines is using Aviatar, a platform developed by Lufthansa Technik, to digitally monitor the health of its...
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#GCAPODCAST Ep. 15: NSR's Guide to Satellite Connectivity

Brad Grady, principal analyst at Northern Sky Research, gave an insightful presentation on satellite connectivity along with president Chris Baugh at GCAS 2019. Drawing from one of the most insightful presentations from GCAS 2019, in this episode Chris Baugh and...
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#GCASPODCAST Ep. 14: VistaJet’s Nick van der Meer on Launching LuxStream

[caption id="attachment_2705" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Nick van der Meer is the chief operating officer of VistaJet. Photo: VistaJet[/caption] On the latest episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, I spoke with VistaJet Chief Operating Officer Nick Van der Meer. VistaJet will...
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SmartSky Networks Partners with Mosaic ATM, Expanding Skytelligence

SmartSky’s Skytelligence platform for in-flight connectivity applications now counts Mosaic ATM as a partner, adding new data streams, data processing and fusion techniques. The partnership with Mosaic ATM enhances Skytelligence’s framework infrastructure connecting aviation applications and services developers, expanding the...
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When it Comes to Antennas, it’s All About Price

Editorial Note: This article first appeared in August 2019 edition of Via Satellite.  With the proliferation of satellites in Non-Geostationary Orbits (NGSO), and the growing capacity and coverage of Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites, antenna manufacturers must continuously adapt. New specifications...
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Airbus A220 Gets New Iridium Satcom Option

Under a new agreement between L3Harris Technologies and Airbus, the A220 has a new line-fit satellite communications option, the Automated Flight Information Recording System (AFIRS) 228s, for enabling Iridium services. L3Harris serves as the prime subcontractor to Airbus for the...