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Embraer nuggets make for a happy meal

I’m sifting through Embraer’s rather rosy annual “20-F” report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and there appears to be some interesting titbits in the filing. For those of you who are overworked, stressed out, or don’t have enough time to think – let alone read this 120-plus page beast – and for the […]

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In-flight connectivity update

For those of you waiting with bated breath for the launch of in-flight broadband connectivity, I’ve got some interesting news to report. Panasonic Avionics has revealed it is in the process of finalizing contracts with key partners for its eXConnect broadband system, and will shortly announce “a supplier or suppliers” for the ever-important antenna. Launch […]

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Qest on a quest: German firm reveals Ku-band plan

German designer and developer Qest recently announced it will bring to market a bi-directional aeronautical antenna to support Ku-band services and ensure it can “immediately” meet current requirements of satellite operators. The news came about six months after the company unveiled a new airborne broadband antenna that can enable both Ku-band and L-band services. The […]

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Mum about the gun: US Airways explains silence

Why has US Airways been so quiet about that accidental gun discharge incident? The carrier seeks to answer that question in its latest employee newsletter (key phrases bolded below). Do you think this will make it all go away? I’m guessing not. “Here’s some background on the Federal Flight Deck Officer’s (FFDO) program that may […]

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What you should know about Starling and Qest before you head to Hamburg

About seven weeks ago this blog revealed that the new antenna being offered under a partnership between EMS Technologies and Israel’s Starling Advanced Communication is a mature product. I also believe I suggested you stay tuned to Runway Girl for more information. Don’t say I didn’t keep my word but you can, of course, call […]

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Connectivity revealed to be on US Airways’ agenda

I’m here at the Bellagio hotel in Vegas, after attending a gala celebration for Carlson’s 70th anniversary last night. The room has everything you’d expect, big baths, fancy bidets, and a range of toiletries that will be unceremoniously chucked into my travel bag before I leave. However, the room falls short in one big way […]

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More US Airways 757s earmarked for ETOPS

Securing extended range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) certification for more Boeing 757-200s is part of US Airways’ strategy, despite the Star Alliance member’s substantial standing order for Airbus A330s. Asked if the eight other 757-200s from its “East” operation will get ETOPS and new winglets, management in its latest employee newsletter said: “A/C 942 is scheduled […]

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Mesa CEO Jonathan Ornstein Admits “Biggest Mistake” of Career

Say what you will about Mesa’s top guy, Jonathan Ornstein, the man speaks his mind. In a candid interview with me today, Ornstein admitted that Mesa’s decision not to invest in US Airways during the Star Alliance member’s 2005 exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and merger with America West Airlines was a big ole […]

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