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Turkish 777 pacing to be linefit with in-flight Internet

Boeing has delayed issuing a service bulletin (SB) to addressthe susceptibility of Honeywell Phase 3 displays to EMI,but that is not stopping the USairframer from prepping to deliver 777s equipped with in-flight connectivitysystems. Sources tell RWG that Boeing executives have internallyaccepted placarding of 777 cockpits as an interim solution until the Honeywellproblem is resolved. The […]

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Burned by Koito? Don’t expect a payday, say sources

If you’re an airline hoping to receive compensation from embattled seat manufacturer Koito Industries, don’t hold your breath, say multiple sources. Kotio falsified test data, including crucial flammability data, on some 150,000 seats in the world fleet. Several airlines, including All Nippon Airways and Thai Airways International, have filed lawsuits against Koito seeking damages for […]

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IFEC news and rumour roundup Part 1 (July 1, 2011)

I’ve been travelling so much lately that I hardly know what time zone I’m in, but that hasn’t stopped me from gathering in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) intell along the way. At times like these, when I’ve filled my coffers to max capacity, there is only one solution – an IFEC news and rumour roundup […]

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The big seat squeeze: Do B/E, Zodiac and Recaro have room?

Aircraft seat manufacturers B/E Aerospace, Zodiac and Recaro (seats pictured above) have enjoyed plenty of new business ever since reports started surfacing from Japan that seat maker Koito Industries had falsified data on seats. And the ‘big three’ can expect an even greater windfall now the EASA and the US FAA have formally issued airworthiness […]

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UPDATE 1: Break out your Bunsen Burners, the FAA Koito AD has hit!

Updated to note that the EASA AD hit this morning. BLOG: With everyone from Boeing to Koito Industries to Continental Airlines begging more time, and some – like the Association of European Airlines (AEA) and the Association for Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) – suggesting the measure is unwarranted, the US FAA has issued its airworthiness […]

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Bravest quote from #MROAM comes from ARSA

“Governments don’t lead the industry. The industry leads government. And if you don’t believe that, then boy this is really the wrong industry to be in because they are way behind us. Did you drink the Kool-Aid this morning with Randy [Babbitt]? The government is going to tell us how much money we’re going to […]

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Is FAA going above and beyond with interference testing?

Unsubstantiated rumors are circulating that the US FAA may be going above and beyond normal electro magnetic interference (EMI) testing protocol when in-flight connectivity service providers seek supplemental type certification (STC) for their systems on aircraft, and that that is the reason why Honeywell Phase 3 Display Units blanked out during STC testing of Aircell’s […]

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UPDATE 1: Boeing confirms Wi-Fi interference with Honeywell avionics

Tonight is already sizing up to be a very late night so I’m going to simply copy and paste my Flightglobal story to this blog until tomorrow morning. Clearly BIG lessons are being learned about interference through the massive Gogo retrofits being accomplished. Bloody good to know, I’d say. Honeywell Phase 3 Display Units (DUs) […]

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Tested Koito seats still represent ‘Unsafe Condition’: EASA

EASA recently held a Koito briefing session in Cologne to help answer some of the myriad questions being asked by airlines. Koito seats are subject to both an EASA proposed AD and an FAA NPRM after the Japanese manufacturer falsified test data on 150,000 seats in the world fleet.The ‘question and answer summary’ document published […]

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Koito aircraft seat mess gets even messier

Koito Industries, the Japanese firm that falsified test data on 150,000 aircraft seats in the world fleet, reportedly set aside only 3.6 billion yen ($44 million) for compensation last fiscal year and 3.3 billion yen in the fiscal year ending 31 March. But with Thai Airways International now looking to sue Koito for up to […]

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