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UPDATE 2: Senate calls for FAA study of mobile telemetry

Amended to note that the House version of FAA Reauthorization legislation apparently contains a provision for a study of cell phones on passenger aircraft. The Senate version, however, apparently does not. The Senate is calling for a study of aeronautical mobile telemetry (click here for a slightly better idea of what that means). BLOGIt appears […]

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House committee backs off federal ban of in-flight cell use

The tides may be turning for in-flight mobile connectivity in the United States. Long-term FAA reauthorization legislation introduced by the US House transportation committee on Friday omits a provision that would have imposed a federal ban on the in-flight use of mobile phones and VoIP. The provision, known in standalone form as the Hang-Up Act […]

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In-flight mobile connectivity is not crazy

Dear readers, I know what you must be wondering. Has Mary dropped off the planet earth or answered the siren call of a straight jacket and a padded room? Where are the latest blog posts? Let me put your minds at ease. I have been traveling like a maniac lately. The upside to this is […]

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Rumour, news and stuff (March 15)

I’m heading to Washington DC today to attend the Satellite 2010 expo, and to moderate a panel on in-flight voice and data connectivity tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to the session as we’ve got a great line-up of speakers.However, before I put the pedal to the metal and high-tail it out of Lancaster, PA, I […]

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Well played Continental. Well played!

I’m finally seated in front of my computer, after a quick trip to Washington DC where I attended the annual Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) luncheon yesterday.At the event, I asked the trade group’s head honcho Marion Blakey if there is any real hope that FAA reauthorization legislation will be passed before the next FAA funding […]

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Let’s talk about the value of in-flight voice…on camera

I am a vocal opponent of Hang-Up legislation that would impose a permanent federal ban on the in-flight use of mobile phones. Why? Because I do not think it is the role of government to make such a decision. It is akin to “legislating manners” as Inmarsat’s David Coiley says. I believe in an airline’s […]

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Video conferencing, VOIP alive and well on US aircraft

Aircell has surpassed the 500 mark – that’s 500 aircraft equipped with the firm’s Gogo broadband system. How shall we mark this milestone? Let me tell you a story about Patrick Wendlandt of Conferencing Advisors. Patrick recently flew on a Gogo-equipped American Airlines flight and tried out the wireless Internet “and was amazed with the speed […]

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Senate mark-up results…

I’m like a harried monkey, having just arrived home from a trip to DC, but I simply most let you know the following: The Senate commerce, science and transportation committee, which today marked up FAA reauthorization legislation, as hoped has opted not to include a ban on wireless voice communications in its bill. In other […]

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Proving it wants to move very fast…

…the Senate commerce, science and transportation committee has already scheduled a Tuesday mark-up for its version of FAA reauthorization legislation, which DOES NOT include the text of the Hang-Up Act. Will the Senate wrangle with the House over in-flight wireless voice calls? That would seem a petty thing to come to blows about, especially in […]

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Senators make a very good call

Let freedom and the telephone ring! The Senate HAS NOT included Hang-Up Act legislation in their base/foundation FAA reauthorization bill. Here’s the full bill: Senate Faa Reauth.pdf  And here is a summary: FAA Reauthorization 2009 Summary.doc The bill’s sponsors are the chair and ranking of the full commerce, science and transportation committee and the aviation […]

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