ViaSat-2 satellite now scheduled to launch on June 1, 2017 Shenzhen Airlines begins evaluation of SwiftBroadband-Safety FAA and Aireon announce next-gen ADS-B test success Thuraya launches ‘Aero’ L-band inflight connectivity solution Qatar Airways activates real-time Inmarsat global flight tracking
Gilat / Hughes to unveil Ku/Ka antenna for inflight connectivity

Gilat / Hughes to unveil Ku/Ka antenna for inflight connectivity

Gilat and Hughes are to unveil a new high-performance dual Ka/Ku-band aero antenna on the first day of the Satellite 2017 show. The new antenna from Gilat and Hughes supports… Read more »

Global Eagle receives China vSTC for Boeing 737NG Airconnect

Global Eagle receives China vSTC for Boeing 737NG Airconnect

Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has received a vendor Supplemental Type Certificate (vSTC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to install its Airconnect satellite connectivity system on Boeing 737… Read more »

Honeywell demonstrates inflight connectivity for helicopters

Honeywell demonstrates inflight connectivity for helicopters

High-speed inflight connectivity for helicopters has always been problematic, but Honeywell and its Aspire 200 satellite communications system is making it more accessible. The problem is that rotors on helicopters… Read more »

Intelsat and OneWeb plan to merge by end of Q3 2017

Intelsat and OneWeb plan to merge by end of Q3 2017

Intelsat and OneWeb have entered into a “definitive combination agreement” that will see the pair merge in a share-for-share transaction. Intelsat and SoftBank have also entered into a share purchase… Read more »

Gogo posts positive revenue gains with Q4 2016 results

Gogo posts positive revenue gains with Q4 2016 results

Gogo says revenues from its Commercial Aviation, North America (CA-NA), business have increased to $101.1 million, up 20% from Q4 2015, driven primarily by an increase in aircraft online. Speaking… Read more »

IMG secures live in-flight coverage of National Football League

IMG secures live in-flight coverage of National Football League

IMG has secured a new four-year deal for in-flight rights to the NFL, which includes live coverage on Sport 24, the world’s only 24/7 live sports channel exclusive to the… Read more »

SES reports 2016 revenue of €2bn, up 2.7% on previous year

SES reports 2016 revenue of €2bn, up 2.7% on previous year

SES has released its 2016 results, showing a reported revenue of €2,068.8 million, up 2.7% over the previous year. This has been helped by its growing business in the inflight… Read more »

Gogo’s 2Ku connectivity exceeds 100Mbps during flight tests

Gogo’s 2Ku connectivity exceeds 100Mbps during flight tests

Gogo says it has taken its 2Ku inflight connectivity performance to the next level, exceeding speeds of 100 Mbps during tests. The performance figure was achieved on Gogo’s test aircraft,… Read more »

Inmarsat and VT iDirect partner on next-generation video for GX

Inmarsat and VT iDirect partner on next-generation video for GX

Inmarsat, in conjunction with VT iDirect, has been running over-the-air tests of iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2X technology over its Ka-band Global Xpress (GX) satellites. In January it achieved a forward channel… Read more »

Changes at the top for Global Eagle Entertainment

Changes at the top for Global Eagle Entertainment

Global Eagle Entertainment has announced that its Chief Executive Officer Dave Davis, and Chief Financial Officer Tom Severson, have both resigned. The company also mentioned that it cannot file its… Read more »

Qantas staff test Ka-band inflight connectivity with ViaSat

Qantas staff test Ka-band inflight connectivity with ViaSat

Qantas has completed its first real-world trial of the airline’s inflight connectivity system during a three hour flight along the east coast of Australia between Sydney and Brisbane. The special… Read more »

Business operators urged not to delay ADS-B installs

Business operators urged not to delay ADS-B installs

Owners of business aircraft are being urged not to delay their implementation of ADS-B equipment ahead of the upcoming 2020 mandates. ADS-B stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast. “Automatic”… Read more »

Don’t forget, ‘Get Connected’ has a smartphone edition

Don’t forget, ‘Get Connected’ has a smartphone edition

Did you know that “Get Connected” has a smartphone-friendly version of its inflight connectivity news service? Anyone visiting GetConnected.aero with their iPhone, Android or other mobile device will automatically see… Read more »

Iridium announces target date for 2nd launch of Iridium NEXT

Iridium announces target date for 2nd launch of Iridium NEXT

Iridium Communications has announced it has received a targeted launch date of mid-June for the second mission of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Originally anticipated for mid-April of 2017, the date… Read more »

Intelsat announces successful launch of Intelsat 32e

Intelsat announces successful launch of Intelsat 32e

Intelsat has announced the successful launch of the Intelsat 32e satellite aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from French Guiana. Liftoff occurred at 16:39 EST 14th February 2017. The satellite… Read more »

Connected aircraft market set to exceed $6bn by 2020

Connected aircraft market set to exceed $6bn by 2020

A new report by Market Research Engine suggests the connected aircraft market could exceed $6bn within the next three years. It says the global connected aircraft market is growing due… Read more »

Duncan Aviation and Gogo developing STCs for Gogo Biz 4G

Duncan Aviation and Gogo developing STCs for Gogo Biz 4G

Duncan Aviation is working closely with Gogo Business Aviation to develop Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for Gogo’s new 4G service and Wi-Fi equipment. Duncan says it is excited for Gogo’s… Read more »

Gilat to develop Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA)

Gilat to develop Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA)

Gilat has announced a joint development project with Airbus for an Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA) antenna, as part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The fully embedded airborne antenna… Read more »

Inflight connectivity: what next after Ka-band frequencies?

Inflight connectivity: what next after Ka-band frequencies?

There has always been a war of words between Ku- and Ka-band operators, with both claiming their service is better. But what about the future? Is there an alternative on… Read more »

Eutelsat poised for Ka-band joint venture with ViaSat

Eutelsat poised for Ka-band joint venture with ViaSat

Eutelsat says it is close to announcing a joint venture with ViaSat that will improve future Ka-band capacity for inflight connectivity. In its first-half results announced yesterday, Rodolphe Belmer, CEO… Read more »

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