BlueBox managing director Rick Stuart steps down

BlueBox, the company that promised to turn Apple iPads into in-flight entertainment (IFE) devices and bring wireless IFE to widebodies, appears to be weathering a storm.

Managing director Rick Stuart has circulated an email saying he has “officially decided to step down from the Bluebox Avionics Board of Directors” with immediate effect.

He explains: “Shareholder matters in the founding  company, Phantom Media, mean that it is no longer appropriate that I remain in my current post at Bluebox.

“The last five years have been very exciting and to be part of this company, which has been instrumental in driving the application of cutting edge technology in the industry, has been a privilege, challenging yes! but also extremely rewarding. I wish the remaining management team all success in the future.”

A source tells RWG that signs of problems at BlueBox started cropping up last year.

I had the opportunity to interview Stuart at the 2010 Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg about BlueBox’s plans for offering iPads as IFE. Here is what he had to say. I failed to ask a key question about content, though. Ahem.

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