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What do you get when you combine wireless IFE with iPads?

The answer, according to Innotech Aviation, is the SkyPad. See the firm’s vague statement below. Some folks simply can’t wait to break their news until #AIX11, humph Montreal, QC – March 29, 2011 – Innotech Aviation has awarded California-based tech startup, Esoteric, an order for 35 ship sets of its SkyPad wireless In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) […]

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Jetstar inches closer to offering iPads as IFE across fleet

Qantas low-cost operator Jetstar is nearly ready to offer Apple iPads as in-flight entertainment (IFE) units on some 48 Airbus A320 family narrowbodies, and begin A330 widebody roll-out around mid-year. Oh, I know what you’re thinking. We’ve been hearing that Jetstar “is poised” to offer iPads-as-IFE for quite some time and it still hasn’t happened. […]

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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 […]

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Thales sees iPad as competitor, will copy

For a company that has said it will base its TopSeries next-generation in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system on the Android operating platform, Thales chief engineer Ken Brady speaks in glowing terms about the Apple iPad, and admits the firm is looking at how it can springboard off of it. Interviewed for Steve Harvey’s always-interesting The […]

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VIDEO: ‘iPad as IFE’ challenges revealed

IMS provides portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) to airlines around the world. The company is bringing to market a portable player based on Apple’s highly popular iPad tablet, but challenges exist. IMS’ Harry Gray discusses those challenges here. 

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PHOTOS: FlyDubai 737 gets gussied up with Lumexis IFE

By now, most of you are aware that Lumexis has completed installation of its lightweight fiber optics-based in-flight entertainment system (IFE) – integrated with Recaro seats – on the first of many FlyDubai Boeing 737s. But the story of how the retrofit was accomplished is fascinating, and worth highlighting. Because the Lumexis system is not […]

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VIDEO: Flight Display Systems reveals its iPad mount for bizjets

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UPDATE: Jetstar to launch iPad in-flight entertainment system

Update: While Jetstar used to rent digEcor’s digEplayer portable IFE units to passengers, it no longer does so. DigEcor says today that it hasn’t supplied Jetstar in several years, and that Irish firm Airvod is the current provider. Meanwhile, there is a really interesting back story to the Jetstar/BlueBox deal, and Airfax has the skinny. […]

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Embedded IFE is, ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin alive, stayin alive

In the final hours of my last day at last week’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, I received an email from a Flight International editor seeking an opinion piece for the weekly magazine on the state of the in-flight entertainment (IFE) industry. Does a slow death await embedded IFE thanks to iPad and connectivity, he […]

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VIDEO: That’s a Hamburger wrap (well, sort of)

A number of themes emerged from the Aircraft Interiors Expo this week. I give a quick run-down in the video below, but I would be remiss not to at least mention here that all the  pre-show buzz about the iPad as IFE needs to be tempered. I chatted with some major content providers at the […]

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