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Runway Girl is “Exhibit One” in ViaSat filings to FCC

It’s time like these that I wish there were more hours in the day. Times like what, weary RWG? Why don’t you just take those damn high heels off and start your weekend? Well, for starters, I just learned last night that I should be paying MUCH closer attention to the FCC’s public notice web site. Had […]

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A Thursday teaser…but it’s a good one

This afternoon I had a very enlightening conversation with ViaSat director of regulatory affairs Daryl Hunter concerning the firm’s objection to Row 44′s application to the FCC for a permanent AMSS license. I’m going to need a little bit of time to sort through this, but here’s a taste. Key quote: “We don’t believe Row 44 can […]

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Row 44 on record about Alaska trial delay and Southwest install

The other day I blogged about a delay in Alaska Airlines’ trial of Row 44′s Ku band-based connectivity system, as well as some opposition the California firm has faced in its pursuit of FCC permanent approval, including from ViaSat, Arinc and Boeing (oh my). Row 44 president Gregg Fialcowitz was kind enough to respond with […]

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ViaSat and others prove thorn in Row 44′s side; Alaska says test delayed

Alaska Airlines today revealed to RWG that it’s trial of Row 44′s Ku band-based connectivity service is “on hold” until early 2009. Plans had been in place for the carrier to test Row 44 on a single Boeing 737 around the October timeframe. An Alaska spokeswoman says the carrier remains fully committed to the trial. […]

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Gulp…Southwest studies options for real-time credit card swipes

On a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Baltimore, it was clear to me that the carrier’s cashless cabin strategy is working well. Flight attendants were busily swiping credit cards for those passengers who enjoy a little more kick to their glass of coke. One friendly attendant told me that the carrier has sold […]

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And ViaSat makes three…Let the Ku-band race begin

I know what you’re thinking fellow in-flight connectivity enthusiasts. That third Ku-band-based connectivity provider – ViaSat – has fully emerged and Runway Girl has made nary a recent mention. Oh ye of little faith.   We’ve known for some time that ViaSat was interested in getting into the game. To be fair, however, the extent […]

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A whale of a good time aboard Row 44′s Albatros seaplane

Hello fair readers, I’m sending this email from a Grumman Albatros seaplane that has been equipped with Row 44′s in-flight connectivity service. Row 44 in June acquired the 1952-built aircraft, originally used by the US Air Force, for use as a testbed of its high-speed service. The company completely redid the avionics, and is in […]

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Southwest now eyeing fourth quarter for Row 44 trial

We’re nearing the end of summer and there has been nary a test of Row 44′s satellite-based connectivity system onboard Southwest Airlines’ aircraft, as previously expected. What’s going on? Southwest still expects to trial the system this year onboard four Boeing 737s, but doesn’t see it happening until the fourth quarter. “It’s a new process […]

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Required reading for the connectivity crowd – Row 44 submits FCC application

Movement is afoot on the satellite-based connectivity front. In-flight broadband provider Row 44, which notably secured agreements to trial its system on Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft, has officially applied for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority to operate up to 1,000 technically-identical aeronautical-mobile satellite service (AMSS) transmit/receive earth stations (AMES) abroad commercial […]

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Replacing Connexion: Tim Farrar talks about the challenge

A long-time consultant in the satellite and telecom industries, Tim Farrar of Telecom, Media and Finance Associates has given some truly insightful perspective on the in-flight connectivity scene. In an October 2006 report, he predicted that it would be very difficult to resurrect the Connexion by Boeing service without a very large financial commitment from […]

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