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One satcom antenna and two hot IFE&C presentations

I really must have too many balls in the air (easy) or perhaps I’m going slightly bonkers (I prefer the term “eccentric”), because I just took a good hard look at my desktop and found the two hottest IFE&C presentations of late just sitting there, begging to be posted to Runway Girl. Now then, if […]

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Pissing matches, Skype calls and aircraft anointing

I’ve returned from my holiday to find a mountain of stuff just begging for a blogging outlet. And when that happens, we need a News and Rumour roundup. So let’s get this party started. For those who have not been clicking onto Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel, let me urge you to start doing so. Last week […]

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Kneading dough for a better return

There are ways to capture additional revenue dollars from in-flight connectivity above and beyond basic fee-for-service deals. And you can be sure airlines are keen to hear all plausible concepts. During the recent World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) single focus connectivity workshop, AeroMobile senior commercial manager Adla Hendry described how the Arinc/Telenor joint venture is […]

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Q&A with Airbus on its connectivity strategy

I’ve just posted a rather lengthy piece about the debate over Airbus’ connectivity strategy on Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel, so do check it out if you get the chance. Since I was writing within the boundaries of magazine space constraints, however, I didn’t get a chance to report Airbus’ full comments. Pasted below is […]

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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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Airbus gets frank at WAEA

Airbus is making no apologies for its insistence that in-flight connectivity service providers be integrated with its ALNA (Airline Network Architecture) V2. And Jonathan Norris, VP cabin design for the European manufacturer, made that point crystal clear at the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) single focus connectivity workshop last week in Everett, Washington. In what could […]

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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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Airbus responds to allegations it is shutting OnAir’s competitors out

Panasonic and AeroMobile’s revelation this week that they face difficulty in securing offerability status from Airbus for the Arinc/Telenor joint venture’s in-flight mobile connectivity service (branded by Panasonic as eXPhone) – and allegations by several sources that the European airframer is outright shutting OnAir’s competitors out of contention – has prompted a response from Airbus. Here […]

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Tim Farrar takes a stab at the math

Tim Farrar of TMF Associates took a gander at my recent blog about Connexion by Boeing’s numbers – and how one industry insider believes “voice can close the gap” – and the analyst figured he might as well chime in with a few thoughts of his own. Farrar takes a rather more pessimistic view of […]

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