September’s APEX in Anaheim featured a lot of new technologies and as of late, vendors are reluctant to share booth info, for good reason, but we contacted Panasonic who was willing to share a few tidbits, here’s an example – One feature we really like each year is the Panasonic Cool Room. To IFExpress, we see the application of new technology as one of the trademarks of Panasonic, it was almost a given that they would feature a product technology preview, the technology that might be involved in new products… thus, the “Cool Room”. Obviously not all of the new technologies will end up as products but the key here is understanding the baseline technologies first – it’s a lot like the Wi-Fi trend, you won’t see a home router on a plane, but it is a “go to” technology for onboard wireless connectivity.

We caught up with Steve Sizelove, Panasonic’s “Mr. Cool Room” and asked a few questions during the show:

IFExpress: Have any of the items/products/technologies featured in previous Panasonic Cool Rooms become Panasonic products for the IFEC industry? 

Steve: “Yes. We created the Cool Room experience about 11 years ago. Since that first exhibit area, we have seen 10 different technologies emerge as Panasonic IFEC solutions. The most noteworthy to date are our industry-shaping Video touchscreen handset at the same time the iPhone came out and the integrated seat project which lead directly to the development of our Eco monitors. The latter won several awards and is pretty much the industry standard for seatback monitors these days. We have also introduced a portfolio of solutions that integrate a passenger’s personal electronic device right into the in-flight entertainment experience. For example, since 2009 we have worked on bringing the Apple ecosystem into the industry with products like iPod integration, and wireless second screen integration with solutions such as companion app.

IFExpress: We certainly agree about the Apple Integration efforts since we see a lot of their products when we travel, but before we get to far into an interview, can we ask: Who is Steve Sizelove? It is a fair question because we see him deeply involved with the “cool technology” since it began?

Steve:  Let me start with my school background because it might make my answer a bit clearer: – I have Engineering degree from Purdue University and with nearly 29 years experience in the aviation industry you may call me a veteran. For 25 years I have focused my career on the IFEC industry. Prior to that, I was an autopilot design engineer

I have been with Panasonic since September 2000, and one of my first projects was to help launch our industry-leading X-series platform.

We started the Cool Room, or innovation suite, as it was first known, in 2003. Since then, the Cool Room has spawned 10 products for our industry and even a few into the consumer industry. Working on this environment, I’ve been fortunate to add something like 8 or 9 patents to Panasonic’s portfolio.

IFExpress: I guess we also should ask “Why the Cool Room? That is a fair question since Panasonic is known for the “Cool Room Experience”.

Steve: Panasonic didn’t become an industry leader by accident. R&D is part of our DNA. Being at this position of a thought leader it’s our responsibility to our customers to continuously push the envelope and bridge the gap between the technology of the future and the reality of the aircraft environment. The Cool Room is an area to show what we’ve been exploring in terms of technologies, emergent products and relevant consumer trends. It started in 2003 as “invitation only” but now open to all booth visitors. It’s where we articulate our leadership in innovation, and our thoughts about the technologies that are driving our industry into the future. The cool room itself is specific to trade shows; what’s behind the cool room, however, is an ongoing, continual innovation process at Panasonic and our partners.

IFExpress: What does Panasonic get out of all of this?

Steve: The answer to this question should be another question: what are our customers getting out of it? We are looking for a dialog with airlines and technology partners to align technology with business goals. We don’t measure everything by the impact it has on our sales numbers. Of course there’s a connection between R&D and ROI but the Cool Room is much rather a representation of our playful and innovative mindset. We love doing this. In fact, sometimes exploring the ecosystem of an emergent product or technology is more important than the product or technology itself.

There’s a great line from Disney’s The Lion King that says, “Look beyond what you see.” From the moment I heard it I knew it was my motto because sometimes its just as important to understand why we shouldn’t do something as it is to understand why we should do something.

IFExpress: I guess the next logical question is why should IFEC show-goers check out the room, we certainly see a lot of airlines in there?

Steve: It’s a unique place to experience new things that you’ve likely never seen before. It’s also a place where you can come to have fun and get away from it all. It’s a chance to have meaningful dialogue and understand how innovation fits into the cabin, where innovation must occur, what where we should focus our efforts for future cabin technologies. Besides, I love the technology and showing people new things and discussing how they may be influenced or interact with it.”

IFExpress: Can you give us an idea of some of the past displayed technologies?

Steve: Some of the public displays that we have had in the past include everything from 3D Glasses, to no-key typing, Smart Chair concepts, eye tracking, gesture control, and surface technologies.

IFExpress: For our readers that didn’t get a chance to visit this year, tell us what you featured this year.

Steve: Some of the technologies from this year’s Cool Room include New Gesture control demos featuring Leap Motion Version 2 & NOD Ring Gesture Device, a new Oculus Rift Virtual Travel Thread experience, our latest advances in H.264/H.265 Demo, a curved 11.6” OLED Display, and Latest LCD Technology color technology. (Pico Projector on display)

With Leap Motion, we’re exploring new methods of using gestures to control the in-flight entertainment experience. We’re looking at both macro and micro gestures, and different ways that passengers could interact with an IFE system in a convenient and intuitive manner.

With the NOD Ring Gesture Device, we’re looking ahead at how we can evolve IFE systems to support new wearable technologies that passengers will be bringing onboard commercial aircraft with both of these technologies.

With our Occulus Rift demo, we’re always being asked if we think that virtual reality is the next step for in-flight entertainment. We’re actually focused on the eco system and infrastructure behind the technology and the ability for that eco system to quickly bring robust, engaging experiences to life for our customers.

IFExpress: Can you give us a bit more about connectivity as it is becoming a big deal with passengers – in fact, one study lately called it the most desired inflight feature?

Steve: At Panasonic, we believe that connectivity underpins everything, regardless if you look at it from a marketing, finance or operational perspective. We are already delivering on our vision of the connected aircraft. Today’s IFEC systems are designed to be business platforms that offer higher value to our airline customers than ever before. So I think it’s safe to say that everything we do will leverage the advantages of a broadband connected aircraft.

This year, we saw a lot of Panasonic good ideas that told us (and the throng of visitors) that the company is looking ahead for the “next big thing”. Obviously from a writing point of view this is great because we love new stories, but from a flying point of view, new technology is what makes a stressful experience one that is enjoyable, or at least, acceptable. In the words of a past Iberia Airline slogan – “More Than Just Flying”…how true.


We got a tip in about a breakfast gathering locally in Seattle where a past Boeing celebrity, Alan Mullaly was speaking and can read about it here.

We thought our readers would find it worth reading… if for no other reason than to see how NOT to relate to your technical people! After we sent the link to a couple readers, John Courtright had a pertinent comment: “It’s called leadership. You don’t get leadership by earning an MBA, an engineering degree, a law degree or any degree.  I’ve found people with military experience who have had a few more leadership characteristics than others who have degrees, and I believe it is because you simply must work through people and organizations to get anything done.  But there are people without military experience who have figured out that it all reduces to understanding the objective, understanding the people tasked with reaching the goal (their pluses and minuses), and communicating the plan in plain words and communicating often.  Mulally obviously figured that out early in his career. It may have been you (Terry) who told me about a Mulally-ism that has stuck with me.  At Boeing Mulally was known to repeat the mantra something like:  “Show me the numbers.  The numbers will set you free.”  This quote underlines Mulally’s strength of communicating in plain, unambiguous language and numbers help you do that.” (Publisher’s Note: I worked for Alan for a few years while at Boeing and I can verify that he is all he is made up to be, and more. And yes, he admitted when he was wrong… openly, but always had a plan to right it. – Terry Wiseman)


Don’t miss this APEX InfoGraphic 


We loved this KLM Lost & Found service video sent to us by Bob Bogash… be warned, its a dog video…

 

 

 

Investment of more than $1 billion will sustain thousands of Puget Sound jobs

Everett, WA | October 21, 2014/PRNewswire/–Boeing (NYSE: BA) today celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus. Permitting for the new 1-million-square-foot facility was completed approximately seven weeks earlier than anticipated, allowing for an accelerated start to construction.

Boeing is investing more than $1 billion in the Everett site for construction and outfitting of the new building.

Once completed, the facility located on the north side of the main final assembly building will help usher in composite wing fabrication for the company’s newest commercial jetliner and sustain thousands of local jobs for decades to come.
“We’re excited with the progress being made on this new facility that will play a crucial role in bringing the 777X to market,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We wouldn’t be in this position without the support of our teammates and partners throughout the Puget Sound region and in Olympia – we owe them all a debt of gratitude.”

Completion of the new building, which is expected in May 2016, will require approximately 3.5 million hours of work. At its peak, there will be approximately 1,200 contract employees working on the project. By the numbers, the new building will require:

  • 31,000 tons (28,000 metric tons) of steel
  • 480 miles (770 kilometers) of electrical cable
  • 80,000 linear feet (24,384 meters ) of process piping
  • 530,000 cubic yards (405,210 cubic meters) of fill material
  • 170,000 tons (154,000 metric tons) of concrete

To date, the 777X has accumulated 300 orders and commitments. Two models will comprise the 777X family – the 777-8X, with approximately 350 seats and a range capability of more than 9,300 nautical miles; and the 777-9X, with approximately 400 seats and a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles. The 777-8X competes directly with the Airbus A350-1000, while the 777-9X is in a class by itself, serving a market segment that no other airplane can. First delivery of the 777X is targeted for 2020.

London | October 21, 2014– When the Inmarsat-5 F1 satellite was launched into orbit in December 2013, it brought Inmarsat a step closer to delivering a connectivity revolution: smoother, faster communications for millions of customers worldwide.

Inmarsat’s global Ka-band network, Global Xpress, is set to revolutionise inflight connectivity for the business aviation market with Jet ConneX aviation services; both for passenger communications and operational connectivity.

There are two essential elements for inflight connectivity: reliable global coverage and technology that is designed specifically for the rigours of operating an aircraft.

Global Xpress is the only global Ka-band network designed around the requirements of mobile assets, such as aircraft. The ability to keep aircraft connected throughout every flight is an inherent part of Jet ConneX aviation services.

While other Ka-band solutions were originally designed for TV broadcast type services and therefore have limited coverage over oceans, passengers using Jet ConneX aviation services will have a continuous, consistent service, across all time zones as traffic is handed seamlessly across Inmarsat’s owned and operated global satellite network, as opposed to a ‘patchwork’ network that’s stitched together from multiple satcom assets owned and operated by a variety of organisations.

There is an important third factor: performance. Jet ConneX aviation services will deliver up to 50Mbps, providing reliable, high-speed broadband.

Business Aviation

Regardless of where you are, being out of touch is no longer an option for business executives. That is as true in a plane as it is in a taxi or a restaurant. It is therefore essential for every business and VIP aircraft to be equipped with inflight connectivity.

People travelling in business jets need to be able to use their phones, access email, browse the internet and read the news wherever they are in the world. Likewise, the flight and cabin crew need consistent and constant connectivity to make the flight as efficient and comfortable as possible.

While communications connectivity is at the core of what Jet ConneX aviation services will provide to the aviation industry, Jet ConneX will also be able to offer new applications, video streaming and high-speed broadband Internet access for enhanced browsing. Jet ConneX will provide enough bandwidth and capacity to replicate an office experience in the sky. When Jet ConneX aviation services are commercially available and users come truly to understand the potential, Inmarsat believes that a further generation of passenger, flight deck and cabin crew applications will be developed.

Safety Services

For safety services and extra resilience, Jet ConneX will be complemented by Inmarsat’s Classic Aero and SwiftBroadband services, which operate over the Inmarsat-3 and 4 generation satellites, respectively, and that  deliver an average of 99.9% network availability. Inmarsat will have the only global satellite network that combines both Ka-band and L-band technologies.

The Satellites

The first of three Global Xpress satellites which form Inmarsat’s global Ka-band network, Inmarsat-5 F1, was launched on December 8, 2013 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Boeing-manufactured satellites are seven metres tall and weigh 3,750 kg. At the end of the assembly process, and before packaging up for transport, the satellites are subjected to tests that simulate the extremes of vibration and temperature to be experienced both during launch and in space. During the process, electronics inside the satellite operated at room temperature, despite a difference of around 300°C between the back and front of the satellite.

Forty eight days after its launch, the I-5 arrived in geostationary orbit, above the Indian Ocean Region around 23,000 miles (35,786 km) from earth, where the gravitational pulls of earth, the sun and the moon balance one another. After rigorous testing, the satellite entered commercial service on 1 July 2014.

The second satellite, Inmarsat-5 F2, will cover the Atlantic Ocean Region and the Americas. Inmarsat-5 F3 will complete the constellation, covering the Pacific Ocean Region.. F2 and F3 are expected to be placed into orbit in a timeframe that would permit the launch of GX services on a global basis by the end of the first half of 2015.

Each satellite is served by two ground stations. The Indian Ocean Region satellite is serviced by ground stations on Fucino and Nemea, in Italy and Greece, respectively. Inmarsat-5 F2 will be managed by ground stations in Lino Lakes, Minnesota and Winnipeg in Canada. The Pacific Ocean Region’s ground stations are undergoing final preparations in Auckland and Warkworth, both in New Zealand.

Satellites Terminals

Inmarsat partner Honeywell is responsible for the development and production of JetWave avionics that enable aircraft connection to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellites. Honeywell’s development schedule is on course for the development of the terminal, which  has started the RTCA (Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics) DO 160 testing and qualification phase.  Completion of this phase is a key milestone because it demonstrates the ability of the JetWave terminals to operate in aviation’s demanding environmental conditions.  This is a key component for securing FAA approval that is required to integrate with and operate on aircraft.

2015 – Jet ConneX service entry

Jet ConneX aviation services and the JetWave avionics will be available for the business aviation market in the first half of 2015. Inmarsat’s business jet customers will have at their disposal greater consistency, better on-board communications including high-speed mobile and fixed broadband services at speeds of up to 50Mbps, all on a global basis.

Jet ConneX aviation services are available through Honeywell’s distribution partner network of world leading in-flight connectivity providers, including Gogo Business Aviation (formerly Aircell), OnAir, Rockwell Collins (ARINC), Satcom1 and Satcom Direct. Honeywell has also recently announced a forward fit agreement with Bombardier Business Aircraft from early 2016, with other manufacturers expected to quickly follow suit.

New York | October 21, 2014– Nine out of 10 members of the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) left last month’s APEX/IFSA EXPO in Southern California eager to recommend future EXPOs to industry colleagues, according to a post-event survey. EXPO was held 15-18 September in Anaheim, California USA. With attendance more than 3,400, this year’s event ranks as one of the most successful EXPOs yet.

EXPO this year was a joint collaboration between the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and the International Flight Services Association (IFSA). The EXPO is notable in the industry for covering the entire passenger experience: Comfort & Ambience, Entertainment & Connectivity, and Catering & Services.

“EXPO has been building momentum for years, and this year’s event really demonstrates its global value; an impressive eight in 10 APEX attendees gave EXPO an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ rating,” said Dominic Green, chairman of the APEX Events & EXPO Committee. “We’re excited for next year’s event, when we take EXPO north to Portland, Oregon.”

In response to a poll of members, APEX will take its EXPO to new locations beginning next year. In addition to the 2015 Portland event, EXPO will head to Singapore in 2016, Southern California in 2017, and Boston in 2018.

EXPO is the largest industry-driven event of its kind, with a full day of compelling educational programming – this year’s most popular topics covering the “e-aircraft” concept, wireless streaming and music licensing and rights. Additionally, attendees have access to a three-day tradeshow covering every aspect of the passenger experience and countless opportunities for reconnecting with industry colleagues and an annual Awards Ceremony that recognizes the industry’s best of the best.

APEX now sets its sights on Hong Kong, where the APEX Asia Conference will be held 3-4 November. Registration for that event is now open. For a full listing of upcoming APEX events, click here.

  • NBAA 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, 21-23 October, Orlando, FL, Orange County Convention Center, Booth 828
  • Leading Satellite Communications Provider Continues to Set the Standard in Aeronautical Sector with Success of Two High Gain Antenna models

NBAA and Lyngby, Denmark | October 21, 2014– Setting the benchmark globally with its pioneering range of standalone aeronautical antennas, Cobham SATCOM announced sales figures for two of its most successful High Gain Antennas. The satellite communications provider confirmed that it has supplied 1,000 of its AVIATOR HGA-6000 – the lightest High Gain Satcom Antenna available on the market. Recently reaching the production landmark of 2,000 units, Cobham also welcomes the continued success of the AVIATOR HGA-7001 as the L-band “Satcom antenna of choice” for airlines.

Brian Cobern, Airline Sales Executive at Cobham Antenna Systems, said: “The combined success of the AVIATOR HGA-7001 and the HGA-6000 is very significant and demonstrates the benefits our antennas give to airlines and business aviation. The top mount HGA-7001 is approved across all the major airframes and provides value benefits and cost savings, such as low drag weight, low induced fuselage stress and exceptional low angle coverage, all resulting in a higher performance Satcom system.

“HGA-7001 shipments have now reached over 50 units per month and the number continues to grow. This antenna has clearly become the defacto L-band Satcom antenna of choice with the airlines, with about 90% of B777, 60% (and rising) of A330 and 100% of A380, A350, B787 and B747-8 using this antenna. We also see more B737 and A320 customers selecting this antenna as the demands for single aisle connectivity continue to grow.

“To reach the landmark of 1,000 HGA-6000’s is very significant. This antenna is standard fit on Gulfstream 350/450/550/650 and an option on the Dassault Falcon Jets and the Legacy 450/500. It is ideal for large business jets. The light weight and easy installation options make this antenna the obvious choice for OEMs.”

Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit, said: “These are fairly unique milestones in our industry and really single out Cobham SATCOM as a global leader in the antennas sector and an authoritative voice in the industry. Cobham sets the standard for phased array and tail-mount SwiftBroadband antennas as no other manufacturer can match our compact size, affordability and performance.

“It is particularly satisfying that the 1,000 unit sales figure has been achieved by the HGA-6000 which is such a unique and versatile product and one of the most innovative in our comprehensive range. Offering the lowest weight and volume for a mechanically-steered high gain antenna, it is capable of providing users with high performance voice and data connectivity when used with Cobham’s AVIATOR 350 and 700D systems.”

With its very high reliability, the AVIATOR HGA-7001 features phased-array technology that has proven its ‘fit and forget” status with the air transport sector, yet is small and light enough for many business jet airframes. Providing seamless coverage over the Inmarsat-defined hemisphere, the HGA-7001 is for use with Inmarsat Classic Aero (H/H+), Swift64 and SwiftBroadband Satcom systems for multi-channel service for a range of applications.

The AVIATOR HGA-6000 in the slimline radome offers users the smallest swept volume available for a mechanically-steered Aero H/H+, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband Satcom antenna. It is the first antenna of this type to accept steering commands directly from any ARINC 741 compatible Satellite Data Unit as it is designed with an integral Beam Steering Unit (BSU) with ARINC 429 interface. This eliminates the need to install a separate Antenna Control Unit (ACU) or BSU, reducing system box count and improving empennage weight distribution and installation simplicity.

As well as providing connectivity for air traffic control, aircraft operation and EFBs for the cockpit, both HGA units fulfil the demand for high data rates and broadband capability to offer fast and reliable connectivity on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband services for high quality, low-cost voice calling and the full complement of data services, supporting the use of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones.

Cobham SATCOM’s pioneering range of aeronautical standalone AVIATOR High Gain, Intermediate Gain and Low Gain antennas feature aerodynamic profiles and small footprints for optimum performance. This family of phased array fuselage and mechanical tail cap mounted Inmarsat antennas is ideal for air transport aircraft, business aircraft, surveillance aircraft helicopters and UAV’s.

For further information about Cobham SATCOM’s AVIATOR portfolio, please visit Booth 828 at this year’s NBAA

  • Business aviation operators using RockSTAR and RockFLEET units can now benefit from industry-leader FlightAware’s web-based global aircraft tracking features

NBAA Orlando, FL | October 21, 2014– Satellite tracking and communications specialist Rock Seven has announced a new partnership with FlightAware, the global-leader in live flight-tracking and data provision, to provide enhanced live flight-tracking information for its customers.

Confirmed during the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the collaboration will allow Rock Seven to transmit data from its RockSTAR and RockFLEET tracking units for integration into FlightAware’s flight tracking and management system. The compatibility between the systems will result in significant benefits for Rock Seven customers who will now have access to FlightAware’s live web-based flight tracking, real-time fleet maps and flight alerts for business aircraft operators.

An established manufacturer of Iridium-based satellite tracking and communication systems and airtime provider, Rock Seven supplies its customers with handheld Iridium devices as well as units for permanent installation on aircraft. With no annual contract and pay-as-you go use, the lightweight RockSTAR is a global communication device and tracking system which uses the Iridium satellite network to send and receive messages. The recently-launched RockFLEET is a robust, fixed device with multiple mounting options which is designed to operate as a standalone GPS tracker and provide accurate global tracking, with battery back-up, Machine-to-Machine data capability and Bluetooth connectivity for i0S and Android devices.

Nick Farrell, Director, Rock Seven, said: “We are excited to collaborate with FlightAware and confident that it will result in real benefits for customers looking for a portable, inexpensive unit, with pay-as-you-go service, in addition to industry-leading flight-tracking technology. FlightAware will basically use the position and altitude data from our device and feed that into their systems so customers can take advantage of all the additional features. Our RockSTAR handheld units will help support and streamline flight operations and provide customers with the ability to move devices between aircraft if necessary.”

Through the new partnership, FlightAware is now able to support satellite datalink from Rock Seven’s Iridium tracking units and therefore provide a sub-$500 worldwide satellite-based flight-tracking solution for operators who do not have an integrated cockpit solution. The largest flight-tracking website in the world, FlightAware already offers existing worldwide datalink integration with the industry’s largest data-link providers.

RockSTAR and RockFLEET users will now be able to benefit from services specific to aircraft operators, such as flight manifests and analysis of routes. Access to the web-based information will enable the user to stream live flight and map updates and view worldwide en-route navigation data along with other maps and overlays.

Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, said: “Our new partnership with Rock Seven provides business aircraft operators with a cost-effective tracking solution with the RockSTAR and RockFLEET Iridium units which provide a very fast update rate. In turn, this enables us to offer a global service tracking service for our customers which is even more comprehensive and accessible. We are confident Rock Seven’s customers will benefit from FlightAware’s flight-tracking technology.”

  • Moving maps now included with Gogo Vision in-flight entertainment (IFE) system with no additional fees

Orlando, FL | October 20, 2014– Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) announces that its subsidiary, Gogo Business Aviation LLC, a leading provider of in-flight connectivity and entertainment solutions to the business aviation market, has added moving map capabilities to Gogo Vision, the company’s on-demand in-flight entertainment (IFE) and information service.

Moving map capabilities have been seamlessly integrated into the Gogo Vision in-flight experience and are now included without additional fees.

The first service of its kind in business aviation, Gogo Vision offers a large library of the latest movies and TV episodes, which can be updated as often as the aircraft owner wishes, as well as news, flight progress information, destination weather, and now, moving maps. Gogo Vision service is delivered in the aircraft by Gogo’s UCS 5000 system – business aviation’s first all-in-one smart router and media server. Passengers can access Gogo Vision on a wide variety of personal, Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as tablets and laptops.

John Wade, Gogo Business Aviation’s executive vice president and general manager, said, “Gogo Vision is a pioneering service – it’s business aviation’s only turn-key IFE solution that includes content from the big entertainment studios and the unprecedented option of fully-automatic updates on the ground. Today’s announcement gives Gogo Vision customers the moving map features they want, right at their fingertips alongside movies, TV episodes, news, weather and other information.”

Key Moving Map Features for Gogo Vision

1. An innovative “flight progress bar” on Gogo Vision’s home screen gives passengers an intuitive depiction of the aircraft’s current destination and flight time remaining, along with a destination weather icon. The progress bar is visible on Gogo Vision’s main screen at all times, making it easy for passengers to get a quick, “at-a-glance” synopsis of their flight’s progress.
2. A real-time moving map provides a birds-eye view of the aircraft’s position, route previously traveled, planned route to destination, current altitude & ground speed, arrival time, destination weather and more. Passengers can adjust zoom, switch between satellite, terrain and standard map display modes, and select full- or partial-screen views.
3. An innovative graphical user interface (GUI) allows passengers to view moving map features, then easily return to their previous activity – such as watching a movie, TV episode or news feature – simply by touching the screen and without losing their place.

Gogo Vision – Additional Information

Rather than being a “bring your own” approach, Gogo Vision content is stored in an on-board server and streamed directly to personal electronic devices such as tablets and laptops. The library of content aboard the aircraft can be refreshed as often as the aircraft owner chooses. Because Gogo has distribution and licensing agreements with the biggest names in global entertainment – including NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney Studios, Lionsgate, IFC Films, Miramax, Magnolia Films and Discovery Communications – Gogo Vision offers many of the most popular titles.

In another first for business aviation, Gogo Vision customers have the option of fully-automatic content updates via Gogo Cloud – Gogo’s new, nationwide content distribution network. Available at select Signature Flight Support locations, Gogo Cloud uses Wi-Fi technology to automatically load a 30-minute TV episode in approximately 60 seconds or a feature-length movie in about three minutes when the aircraft arrives. No interaction from the flight crew or maintenance personnel is required.

Gogo Vision is a proven solution – beyond the business aviation market, it is now flying on more than 1,500 commercial airline aircraft in the U.S. and other regions of the world.

  • Leading global provider for comprehensive communication services measurably extends Aerosat’s business aviation and VVIP market reach

East Aurora, NY | October 20, 2014– Astronics AeroSat, which designs and manufactures satellite connectivity solutions for aircraft, has signed an agreement with Satcom Direct to offer Astronics Aerosat FliteStream™, the business aviation industry’s dedicated global broadband connectivity solution. Astronics Aerosat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO). Astronics is a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries.

Dennis Ferguson, president of Astronics AeroSat, noted, “Satcom Direct’s leading position in the business aviation and VVIP market and large sales and service network greatly extends the market reach for our FliteStream solution and perfectly complements their capabilities and offerings. We believe our dedicated broadband solution for the business aviation world provides the most robust and predictable connectivity capability for the discerning business and VVIP traveler.”

The FliteStream service is customizable to meet each customer’s needs geographically as well as for bandwidth requirements.

“We are pleased to work with Satcom Direct and believe this relationship will accelerate the opportunities for the business aviation and VVIP markets to experience the unique capabilities of our system.” Mr Ferguson concluded.

  • SITA to act as airline’s sole network services provider for seven more years

Istanbul | October 17, 2014– Turkish Airlines has selected air transport IT specialist, SITA, to provide telecommunications services for 120 outstations around the world in a multi-million dollar renewal deal announced today. SITA will act as the airline’s sole network services provider globally for seven more years, connecting the airline’s outstations, departure control systems and passenger service systems to facilitate efficient passenger processing and on-time departures.

Speaking at the Association of European Airlines’ Annual General Meeting in Istanbul, Ahmet Bolat, Chief Investment and Technology Officer of Turkish Airlines, said: “Our primary aim is to become one of the most preferred air carriers by continuing to upgrade and improve the passenger experience. To do that, we primarily need to ensure excellent communications among all our sites to further enhance the satisfaction of our customers. We’ve partnered with SITA for more than 15 years because they offer us high-quality, high-availability telecom coverage for all our outstations and back that up with excellent service and support.”

SITA will provide a variety of telecommunications services for Turkish Airlines. This includes IP VPN, which facilitates IP connectivity among the airline’s main hubs and virtual private network from anywhere around the world, and AirportHub, which provides network access through WAN communication and IT infrastructure at airports.

Turkish Airlines will also benefit from Express IP, an IP connection for customers of shared equipment at airports, and SITA’s Integrated Performance Reporting Service, a single intelligent monitoring tool, which will allow the airline to see all its networks at the same time. All network services will be fully supported by SITA’s global customer service team, which includes more than 2,000 dedicated aviation IT specialists and engineers in over 200 countries and territories.

Hani El-Assaad, President of SITA Middle East, India and Africa, said: “Turkish Airlines is a rapidly expanding airline, and SITA’s high-quality, high-availability network will help provide a solid foundation for continued growth. Our extensive network covers 95% of all international destinations, so we are well positioned to support the airline as they continuously expand.”

Last year Turkish Airlines achieved 23.6% growth in passenger numbers in comparison with 2012 and carried approximately 50 million passengers. The carrier currently flies to 43 domestic destinations and 217 international destinations with a fleet of 265 aircraft. At the 2014 Skytrax Passenger Choice Awards, Turkish Airlines was voted Europe’s Best Airline for the fourth consecutive year.

Luxembourg | October 16, 2014– Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, today announced that an Ariane 5 vehicle successfully launched the Intelsat 30 satellite, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload for DIRECTV Latin America from French Guiana. Liftoff occurred at 5:43 p.m EDT. The Intelsat 30 satellite, hosting the DLA-1 payload, separated from the rocket’s upper stage 28 minutes after launch, at 6:12 p.m EDT, and signal acquisition has been confirmed.

Built for Intelsat by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), Intelsat 30 is a 20-kilowatt class Ku- and C-band satellite. The Ku-band payload, known as DLA-1, is designed to provide distribution services for DIRECTV Latin America in South America and the Caribbean.

The C-band portion enhances Intelsat’s existing C-band service infrastructure serving Latin America. The satellite will be co-located with Intelsat’s Galaxy 3C satellite at 95°W and is expected to have a service life of more than 15 years.

“The Intelsat 30 satellite, and its DLA1 payload, demonstrates the close collaboration and continuing strong relationship between DIRECTV Latin America and Intelsat,” said Intelsat Chairman & CEO Dave McGlade. “We look forward to helping DIRECTV Latin America deliver reliable, high quality entertainment to their subscribers throughout the region.”

Intelsat 30 marks the first of two new hybrid C- and Ku-band satellites, for which the Ku-band payload will provide services to DIRECTV Latin America. The second satellite, Intelsat 31, is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2015.