The National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition (NBAA 2015) closed last week in Las Vegas, Nevada and the event organizers reported that the show was once again a resounding success. IFExpress decided to go to see if there was any IFEC business interests for our crowd. You be the judge. From Nov. 17 to 19, the show featured more than 1,100 exhibitors in the Las Vegas Convention Center, and more than 27,000 attendees.

Why business jets? Honeywell Aerospace forecasts up to 9,200 new business jet deliveries worth $270 billion from 2015 to 2025. Further, of the total new business jet purchase plans, 19 percent are intended to occur by the end of 2016, while 17 and 20 percent are scheduled for 2017 and 2018, respectively. Operators continue to focus on larger-cabin aircraft classes, ranging from super mid-size through ultra long-range and business liner, which are expected to account for more than 80 percent of all expenditures on new business jets in the near term. More importantly for the IFEC folks, a lot of the new technologies show up in this market space first.

From a new aircraft at the show show perspective, about 100 aircraft were displayed in several locations – at a sold-out static display at Henderson Executive Airport and indoor displays inside the convention center and at various exhibitor booths on the convention hall floor. Attendees from the show represented all 50 U.S. states, and 96 countries, and yes, there were a few displays that the IFEC experts will be interested in… not to mention connectivity. Also, be certain to check out our link to Flckr where we have roughly 200 images from the show week.


With a stunning delivery program for 650 NetJet inflight entertainment and connectivity systems, Gogo kicked off their NBAA program. The airplane provider will be getting voice and texting (via passengers’ own personal electronic devices), Internet, email, on-demand movies, television episodes, news, moving maps, flight progress information, destination weather and more.

Gogo’s John Wade said that no other connectivity provider will be offering more. Note the Biz 4g product that Gogo had at their booth. The box is actually a combination of four other boxes and Gogo has incorporated the whole system in one box – a real accomplishment. The system will incorporate dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service and a host of other features, all in a single, lightweight enclosure. Key capabilities include streaming video and audio, email with attachments, Web browsing and service coverage in the U.S. and portions of Alaska and Canada. The air to ground system will be the next biz jet connectivity solution for years to come.

Gogo is also rolling out an expanded offering of datalink and cockpit services for BizAv from Honeywell’s Global Data Center. Further, they are rolling out a content update service that works on the ground to aircraft at Signature support facilities.

Editor’s Note: Here is a link to a good article on BizJet aircraft cabin communications.

Bizjet Mobile / ASI

The surprising and interesting thing about the Bizjet Mobile connectivity solution is the fact that it uses Bluetooth 4.0/Bluetooth Smart as the connectivity medium inside the aircraft. Have you ever used Bluetooth for sending a text/SMS message? Probably not. So we asked Ron Chapman and his team to set-up their server to communicate with our iPhone. The first requirement to communicate via Bluetooth was to download the new CHiiMP 4.0 smart app from the iTunes Store. Next we walked well over 100ft away from the server on the show floor and clearly sent and received a text message on our cell phone via Bluetooth 4.0 (Also known as Bluetooth Smart). It is interesting to note that the convention floor was jammed with Wi-Fi radiation but the Bluetooth connectivity never faltered. We asked Ron Chapman to explain how the system works today and he told IFExpress:

“For business aircraft equipped with an existing  Iridium System (according to Iridium around 12,000 aircraft).  All you need is a Bizjet Mobile configured iPod,  which connects via a custom serial cable to the aircraft’s Iridium data port. A serial port is standard on all iridium transceivers. The Bizjet Mobile configured iPod acts as the router. You then connect to the iPod with the CHiiMP4 App on your mobile device.”

He went on to say, “CHiiMP 4 provides bi-directional SMS and Text Email (no attachments)  plus Getmail. The ability to upload headers from your normal email account and upload the emails you wish to read.  Bizjetmobile has a GetMail interface to all major corporate and public email platforms. As its Bluetooth 4, the connection is automatic and happens in milliseconds.”

“If a Bizjet Mobile customer doesn’t have Iridium service, we can provide them with an Iridium Transceiver, so all they need to do is install a 3 inch patch antenna. At under $10K, this is the most affordable Iridium transceiver on the market. The iPod still acts as the router.”

Here is one thing you can be sure of – if you are sending and receiving data on a device that has an app that features Bluetooth 4.0 you are using a service from BizjetMobile… because, to the best of our knowledge, no one else out there uses this medium for networked data communication where multiple devices can connect via a single link. Typically, this service will be available at incredibly low prices if you want to send a text message that is less than 160 characters. And yes, you will have to download the app on the ground for iOS applications but this is normal. Oh and just in case you were wondering, business jet installations are pushing 40 customers. Perhaps the booth signage said it all: CHiiMP Now Powered by Bluetooth 4.0!! Faster and More Efficient. Worldwide Unlimited SMS Text & Email: $599/Month via Iridium.

Editor’s Note: Mobile operating systems including iOSAndroidWindows Phone and BlackBerry, as well as OS XLinux, and Windows 8, natively support Bluetooth Smart.

Next week we will cover ACS, Panasonic, Astronics, SmartSky and Astronautics.

AeroMexico is now using Rockwell’s MultiLink flight tracking service. Read about the HF data Link Service here.

Global Eagle has entered the BizAv market and with plans to offer a full suite of services beginning mid-year 2016 – to passengers and pilots alike. Business jet operators will be able to offer streaming-capable high-speed Internet access and data services, including Voice over IP (VoIP) and IP Television (IPTV), using GEE’s connectivity platform powered by partner SES’ global Ku satellites. GEE cabin connectivity, which includes content provision of TV and movies. Business jet operators will be able to offer high-speed Internet, streaming and data services. Further With GEE’s recent acquisition of Navaero and Masflight they will offer operational data services and Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solutions. We wondered if any of these solutions will end up in commercial as well?

  • To Provide Full Complement of Connectivity Systems, Content Services, Operations Solutions and Digital Media Solutions

Los Angeles, CA | November 17, 2015– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., (Nasdaq:ENT) (“GEE”) a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry, today announced it has entered the business aviation market with plans to offer a full suite of services beginning mid-year 2016.

Leveraging its breadth of inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) offerings and expertise across the commercial airline industry and utilizing key partners in the business aviation industry, GEE will tailor a full range of solutions to provide an enhanced travel experience for business jet passengers and pilots around the world.

Business jet operators will be able to offer streaming-capable high-speed Internet access and data services, including VoIP and IPTV, using GEE’s next generation connectivity platform powered by partner SES’ global Ku and Ku-HTS satellites.

As a global leader in inflight entertainment content delivery, GEE will deliver a total journey experience; including Content provision of movies, TV shows, live television, and games; as well as Digital Media Solutions ranging from content and travel enhancement offerings at FBOs to onboard flight tracking and destination services.

With GEE’s recent acquisition of Masflight and Navaero, GEE’s business aviation solutions will include connected operational data services as well as EFB integration to streamline day-to-day flight and maintenance operations, further enhancing operational efficiencies.

“Global Eagle Entertainment has heard loud and clear the needs and demands of the business aviation market. We know the market is hungry for an enhanced level of global inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions that deliver on the requirements of business jet passengers today and into the future,” said Dave Davis, GEE CEO.

“We are entering the business jet market with plans to provide a full complement of our proven IFEC solutions,” Davis noted. “We are leveraging our expertise in delivering our IFE portfolio to over 200 airlines, and our connectivity solution to nearly 700 aircraft, worldwide. Utilizing this rich global commercial airline experience, GEE will help the business aviation industry elevate all aspects of the passenger experience and operational efficiencies aboard a business jet.”

  • Representing a series of ‘firsts’, on-air voice call is significant step for Cobham SATCOM system and Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband safety service

Lyngby, Denmark | November 24, 2015–Cobham SATCOM has announced that the first call has been made using its revolutionary AVIATOR 200S system over Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite communications service. The ‘on air’ milestone represents a significant step forward in making AVIATOR 200S – the first of several upcoming solutions in the AVIATOR S Series product range – available for airlines and coincides with the anticipated approval of Inmarsat’s new generation SwiftBroadband – Safety service in 2016.

The on-air voice call was achieved using the AVIATOR 200S CSDU (Compact Satellite Data Unit) and HELGA (combined HLD and Enhanced LGA) antenna over the Inmarsat LDR (Low Data Rate) bearer type.

Carried out in a laboratory environment, the breakthrough represents a significant step forward in the development of the system and was notable as:

• The first voice call through an AVIATOR 200S CSDU
• The first IP data session through an AVIATOR 200S CSDU
• The first ever voice and data calls through a HELGA antenna
• The first ever voice and data calls through a Class 4 Radio Module
• The first ever voice and data calls over LDR bearers

Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit, said: “This is another important milestone in the evolution of our game-changing AVIATOR S Series, allowing airlines to e-enable their fleet with a previously unseen versatile and economic satcom solution.

“The first call is particularly significant as it represents a new solution running on a new service – a double first! Our teams in Lyngby and Cape Town have worked hard to achieve this impressive landmark. This is a very big step towards our first customer shipment, and shows that we are on track for release of AVIATOR 200S as planned.

“We believe the significantly smaller, lighter and easier to install hardware associated with the SwiftBroadband ACARS data services, represented by our AVIATOR S series product range, will provide aircraft manufacturers and airlines with a route towards significant changes in operational efficiencies and, not least, in flight situation awareness and safety.”

Mary McMillan, vice president of aviation safety and operational services at Inmarsat, said: “We congratulate our partner Cobham SATCOM on the achievement represented by the first successful call. Powered by Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband – Safety, the AVIATOR 200S represents a major advancement of satcom technology and, together, provide the next generation aviation safety communications platform for the global aviation community.”

The ground-breaking AVIATOR S Series provides satcom solutions for the airline fleet of tomorrow for the purpose of Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Aircraft Operation Control (AOC). Using SwiftBroadband safety services to transmit ACARS data, AVIATOR S Series enables secure data communication, IP connectivity and multiple voice capabilities. The combination of IP and ACARS data pipes allows network integration with a portfolio of data housing and transmitting components on the aircraft such as cockpit, Electronic Flight Bag devices (EFB), onboard maintenance computers and devices used by the crew to service passengers.

Smaller, lighter and more cost-effective than current sat com systems, AVIATOR 200S reduces the number of LRUs on the aircraft from 4 to 2.

  • Deal for 11 Next-Generation 737s and 11 737 MAX 8s fulfills growing customer demand for new technology, fuel efficient airplanes

Singapore | November 24, 2015– Boeing (NYSE: BA) and BOC Aviation, announced an order for 22 737 airplanes, building on the leasing company’s existing order book to fulfill customer demand.

The order, consisting of 11 Next-Generation 737-800s and 11 737 MAX 8 airplanes, will be posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website once finalized.

“This order demonstrates our continued confidence in the Next Generation 737 aircraft for its proven high performance, reliability and asset value,” said Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer of BOC Aviation. “The Next Generation 737 economics are very attractive to our customers. With the 737 MAX, we are investing in new technology aircraft to meet our customers’ long-term fleet planning requirements.”

In addition to today’s announcement, BOC Aviation has ordered 167 737 airplanes, including 50 737 MAXs and 16 777s.

“BOC Aviation has played an important role in the success of the 737 program and we’re delighted they have again put their confidence in Boeing and the 737 family,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This new order, on top of the 2014 order for 80 737s, is proof of BOC Aviation’s leading position in the leasing market, providing its customers with the most reliable and fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes.”

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The new single-aisle airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class – 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor.

BOC Aviation is a leading global aircraft leasing company with a portfolio of 253 owned and managed aircraft operated by 59 airlines worldwide in 29 countries, with commitments to acquire 203 aircraft, as of 30 September 2015. BOC Aviation, owned by Bank of China, is based in Singapore with offices in Dublin, London, Seattle and Tianjin.

  • Deal includes up to 24 787-10 Dreamliners and two 777-300ERs
  • EVA joins 787-10 launch customer airline group, will be first Taiwanese carrier to operate Dreamliner

Seattle, WA | November 24, 2015– Boeing [NYSE:BA] and EVA Airways today finalized a historic order for up to 24 787-10 Dreamliners and two 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners. The order, valued at more than $8 billion at current list prices, marks the largest single commercial airplane purchase in Taiwan aviation.

“EVA participated in development of the Boeing 777-300ER and became a launch customer in 2005,” said EVA President Austin Cheng. “From that first delivery through today, we operate 22 of these high-performance long-haul aircraft. We believe the future of the airline industry will be built on fuel efficiency and cabin comfort. The new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner’s high fuel efficiency and long-range flying capabilities meets these requirements and our operational needs. These planes will support our growth well into the future.”

EVA Airways becomes the newest Dreamliner customer and will join the 787-10 launch customer team as one of the first airlines in the world to introduce the newest member of the 787 Dreamliner family.

“We are honored to welcome EVA Airways as Boeing’s newest member of the 787-10 Dreamliner launch customer group,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “For many years, EVA Air has been pushing the boundaries of aviation. Ten years ago, EVA was a launch customer for the 777-300ER. With today’s order, Boeing is proud to continue playing an integral role in revolutionizing Taiwan’s aviation history as EVA becomes one of the first customers around the world to operate the 787-10.”

EVA Airways continues to modernize its long-haul fleet to replace aging aircraft and plans to grow its fleet to more than 100 units by 2020. These new 787-10 Dreamliners will allow the airline to expand into new markets. They will be deployed on medium-range and long-haul flights and will be operated in tandem with the 777-300ERs to form the backbone of EVA Airways’ fleet.

EVA Airways currently operates more than 40 Boeing airplanes and with today’s order, the airline’s backlog will increase to 37 airplanes, which includes fourteen 777-300ERs, five 777 Freighters and eighteen 787-10s.

EVA Airways’ 777-300ER fleet continues to grow and the carrier is the world’s eighth largest 777-300ER operator in the world and fourth largest in Asia.

The 787-10 will be the third and longest member of the super-efficient 787 family. With its greater passenger and cargo capacity, robust range and passenger-pleasing features, the 787-10 will complement EVA’s Boeing widebody fleet while setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics.

The 787-10 will be 25 percent better in fuel and emissions than the airplanes it replaces and more than 10 percent better than anything offered by the competition for the future.

  • Latin American commercial fleet will more than double over next 20 years

San Juan, Puerto Rico | November 16, 2015– Boeing (NYSE: BA) projects the Latin American commercial aviation market will grow at one of the highest rates in the world over the next 20 years. As a result, Boeing forecasts the region’s airlines will need 3,020 new airplanes valued at $350 billion.

“The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will grow faster than the rest of the world over the long term,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president, Sales, Latin America, Africa and Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This economic growth, coupled with rising incomes and new airline business models that give more people access to travel, is causing passenger traffic in the region to grow by 6 percent per year – well above the global rate.

“To accommodate that growth, we forecast that the region’s fleet will more than double,” he said.

Of the 3,020 new airplanes needed, 83 percent will be single-aisle airplanes, spurred by intense regional traffic growth. The widebody fleet will require 340 new airplanes as regional carriers continue to compete more strongly on routes traditionally dominated by foreign operators.

Average airplane age in the region’s fleet has been reduced from more than 15 years to less than 10 years since 2005, giving Latin America and the Caribbean a younger fleet than the world average. The region has been in a steady replacement cycle since the mid-2000s and that trend will continue as nearly 60 percent of the current fleet is replaced over the next two decades.

“Commercial aviation and economic expansion go hand-in-hand in this region and around the world,” Gallard said. “Passenger traffic grows as economies grow, and economies grow as commercial aviation grows. Every dollar that commercial aviation adds directly to a country’s GDP generates four times as much activity in the larger economy.”

Wedemark, Germany | November 23, 2015– Audio specialist Sennheiser is to withdraw from the pilots’ headset business from March 2016. The company will fulfill all its obligations for servicing and spare parts throughout the full guarantee period for its headsets. Headsets for the air traffic control (ATC) sector are not affected by this decision, but will continue to be marketed with the current ATC team under the responsibility of the joint venture Sennheiser Communications.

“Our decision to leave the pilots’ headset sector was not taken lightly, especially as we have played a key role in the development of audio transmission in the cockpit, for example by introducing the world’s first headset with active noise compensation to receive FAA-TSO certification,” explained COO Peter Claussen. “We will redirect our aviation-specific resources to focus on our key business of headphone and microphone technology.”

The company will, of course, fulfil all its servicing and guarantee obligations; generous transition periods have been agreed with airline and equipment partners. “Even after all legal obligations have expired, support can certainly still be offered in individual cases,” Peter Claussen confirmed.

Air traffic control headsets are to remain part of the Sennheiser product portfolio, and the current ATC team will join the headset specialists at Sennheiser Communications from January 2016. Andreas Bach, President of Sennheiser Communications, commented: “We are thrilled that we will be marketing the highly successful Sennheiser ATC headsets, and see great opportunities by exploiting the synergies that exist between the ATC business and our CC&O segment. ATC customers around the world can rely on our premium offerings and services.”

  • New ruggedized Push-To-Talk system provides always-on communications, enabling seamless cellular-to-satellite handover of voice calls, when terrestrial connections are Lost

Lyngby, Denmark & Carlsbad, California | November 23, 2015– Cobham SATCOM (LSE: COB), a leading satcom terminal manufacturer, and ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, has announced a strategic agreement to introduce new and innovative product and service offerings to the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) market.

The first satellite terminal product from the Cobham/ViaSat collaboration is the EXPLORER 122, a compact, vehicle mount real-time IP satellite terminal, which will complement the EXPLORER PTT-II system for mission-critical voice and data communications. The proprietary Cobham PTT technology allows for the seamless handover of voice calls from cellular-to-satellite, when the terrestrial connection is lost, without interrupting the conversation.

The new EXPLORER 122, operating over the all-IP ViaSat L-band Managed Service network, features a ruggedized terminal design in a small form-factor with omni-directional antenna architecture and no moving parts, thus increasing the reliability and reducing the structure-borne noise heard from inside the vehicle. The PTT satellite service utilizes ViaSat’s new L-band waveform that offers true IP multicast voice over LightSquared’s Skyterra-1 satellite, allowing for flat rate service plans while protecting the users’ information with the most advanced commercial encryption available.

“The EXPLORER 122 operating on the ViaSat Managed Service network meets a critical demand from our customers for a lower profile, ruggedized and cost-effective satellite terminal,” said Henrik Nørrelykke, vice president, Land Business, Cobham SATCOM. “The ViaSat Managed Service network’s low latency, encrypted and IP multicast architecture provides an ideal fit for the Cobham PTT solution.”

“Cobham SATCOM is a recognized leader in the L-band terminal market and brings a well-established worldwide distribution network,” said Phil Berry, vice president and general manager, Mobile Satellite Services, ViaSat. “This strategic relationship allows us to combine the complementary strengths of our companies to better serve current and future customers.”

The combined PTT products and service have been specifically designed for Public Safety, Utilities, Transportation and Fleet Management markets. The EXPLORER products will continue to be sold exclusively by Cobham while the PTT satellite service will be offered by ViaSat. The EXPLORER 122 satellite terminal will start shipping early Q1 2016.

  • 100% of China’s major airports now provide check-in kiosks – self-service for baggage is next

Beijing | November 19, 2015– China’s airports are using self-service and other leading technologies to manage increasing passenger numbers which rose by 11% in 2014 and continue to rise. This is according to the 2015 SITA/ACI Airport IT Trends Survey. It reports that 100% of the airports surveyed now provide self-service check-in kiosks. By 2018, 77% will offer kiosks for self bag tagging and 68% will offer unassisted self-service bag drop and boarding. This indicates a strong progression to an end-to-end self-service passenger experience in China.

The research results represent the views of major airports in China which together serve more than 60% of all Chinese airline passengers. In this year’s survey, 77% of Chinese airports rated passenger processing their number one priority, up from 53% last year. This demonstrates a greater emphasis on improving the traveling experience for passengers at the airport than seen previously.

May Zhou, Vice President, SITA China said: “Rising passenger numbers continue to present a challenge to China’s airports in terms of infrastructure and resources. There is of course much construction and expansion underway but it will take some time to match the growth in traffic. Meanwhile, technologies such as self-service, mobile and business intelligence can improve the passenger experience today.

“These technologies can help airports provide faster check-in, real-time updates, reduced queues and faster aircraft turnarounds. All of the airports surveyed expect IT budget increases in 2016 which indicates that passengers in China will enjoy the benefits of investments in smart technology for smarter airports over the coming years.”

Having a smarter airport means that operators must collect and use data to make better decisions. A majority of leading airports in China expect to put in place business intelligence initiatives over the next three years, particularly in areas such as passenger flow monitoring (82%) and airport operations (72%). This focus mostly around passenger flow once again shows the priority that airports in China are putting on passengers.

Improving the allocation of resources by tracking vehicles and other mobile assets around the airport is also set to become standard operational practice over the next three years and 90% of leading airports will have introduced this by the end of 2018.

A key area of investment by the airports is in mobile services for passengers. Flight status notifications via mobile are already provided by the majority of airports (77%) and 95% plan to offer them by the end of 2018. By then, two-thirds of airports (66%) also plan to introduce stress-reducing features, such as way finding and queue wait times.

Airports are also embracing social media and already 67% of China’s major airports provide flight status notifications to passengers in this way. This is well ahead of the global average (33%) and is expected to increase to 95% over the next three years. When disruption or flight delays occur these airports are also using social media to communicate with passengers. It is the number one communication service implemented today and by 2018 will be in place at 95% of the airports surveyed.

  • Recent updates to website increase security removing over 50% of spam, scam, and fraudulent leads

NBAA, Las Vegas | November 18, 2015– announced today the launch of a new security deployment. The new enhancement was developed to curtail fraudulent email submissions. has improved the security features to include the addition of Google’s state of the art reCAPTCHA technology. These new elements have resulted in over a 50% decrease in false lead generation for aircraft for sale listings on
Jeffrey Carrithers President and CEO explains “Our new security will not only curtail individuals from submitting erroneous submissions but more importantly disallow an automatic process known as “spiders or bots” from browsing our system and submitting thousands of inquiries. In the past 6 months we have noticed a very large uptick in scams/spam. Not only for but also from around the entire market place. This has become a big deal and we are determined to develop solutions to prevent this form of fraud”.

It comes at a price

With the eagerness for finding a solution launched and tried a variety of solutions. Unfortunately one of the solutions was not recognized until after the fact that the system completely shut down all inquires for two days. Customers and Brokers will also notice a slight decrease in the number of leads generated for aircraft listings, but will notice the quality is significantly higher.

Carrithers describes the new system, “We prefer to bring quality of leads versus quantity leads that lead to nowhere or worse. was the first aviation company that developed security measures to reduce the efforts of fraud by the release of an email verification system in 2011. Though the new security deployment will decrease the number of fraudulent email it comes at a price and will reduce the total number of inquiries sends. Our opinion is our clients want and deserve a qualified lead generation marketing tool that will allow them to confidently conduct business and sell inventory through our system. We don’t want to just send our customers dozens of leads where the majority of them are from a robot.
Security remains at the top of the list and moving forward just like the CIA and FBI will continually maintain watch and analysis of how to improve its products in an ever changing hazardous digital environment.

  • China Southern successfully introduced another software solution from Lufthansa Systems

Raunheim, Germany | November 18, 2015– Lufthansa Systems today announced that the Chinese airline China Southern plans its flights with Lido/Flight. Following the completion of the implementation phase, the flight planning solution from Lufthansa Systems is successfully operational since a few weeks. China Southern has been a Lufthansa Systems customer since 2007 and is also using the NetLine/Plan and NetLine/Sched solutions from the airline IT specialist for its medium- and short-range flight planning.

“We require a flight planning software that meets our needs as the largest airline in the Asian market,” said Mr. Cui Maixi, Director of Dispatch at China Southern. “With its powerful flight planning functions and automated data processing which ensures efficient flight operations, Lido/Flight from Lufthansa Systems optimally meets our requirements.”

Every day, more than 30,000 flights worldwide for over 110 airlines are calculated using Lido/Flight. The core features of Lido/Flight are the integrated and continually updated aeronautical database and the so-called optimizer. Based on all flight-related data, weather conditions and the current airspace situation including any restrictions, Lido/Flight interactively and fully automatically calculates the most suitable route for each flight. Lido/Flight provides dispatchers with significant optimization options regarding flight time, fuel consumption or costs of each flight. The system has around 2,700 configuration parameters, enabling it to be adapted to specific customer requirements and regulations. Lido/Flight is being used successfully worldwide by leading airlines of all sizes, business models and alliances – including low-cost, network, cargo and charter airlines. The system is a component of the Integrated Operations Control (IOCC) Platform from Lufthansa Systems, which facilitates comprehensive monitoring of all business processes by integrating several operations control solutions.

“We are delighted that China Southern is satisfied with our products and has opted for another solution from our portfolio. This successful, long-standing cooperation with the largest carrier in China strengthens our position in the Asian market and also highlights the great economic benefits of our products,” said Tom Vandendael, Senior Vice President Regional Management Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Systems.

Based in Guangzhou, China Southern is the largest airline in the People’s Republic of China. The airline serves 190 destinations worldwide with its fleet of 540 aircraft. China Southern is a member of the SkyTeam alliance.

Dreams Soar’s Global Solo Flight for STEM is a “Go” With June 2 Takeoff and Stops in Five Continents
NBAA, Las Vegas | November 18, 2015– Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will be a lead partner in powering a historic Dreams Soar’s Global Solo Flight for STEM. The 33-city, 19-country, five-continent worldwide flight is to be piloted by 28-year-old Embry-Riddle alumna and graduate student Shaesta Waiz as announced Wednesday in a news conference at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention in Las Vegas.

Waiz, the first civilian female certified pilot from Afghanistan, will be the youngest female ever to attempt a worldwide solo journey. Flying a Beechcraft Bonanza A36 provided by High Performance Aircraft, Waiz is scheduled to kick off the estimated 90-day flight on June 2, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. She will coordinate with organizations to host outreach events at stops along the 27,318-mile route to encourage women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“As a pilot, I have this passion for aviation that I want to share. But it’s more than that. I want to show women that they can succeed in anything – including flying around the world,” said Waiz, who is a two-time graduate of Embry-Riddle (bachelor of science in Aeronautics and master’s in Aeronautical Science with specialization in management and operations) and is currently completing a master’s degree in Aviation Business Administration. “To have my university and the aviation industry support me and make this come true speaks volumes not only to their belief in me and this ground-breaking journey, but every young person with a dream.”

Embry-Riddle’s partnership with Dreams Soar continues its more than 10-year commitment to diversifying and solidifying the future workforce of aviation and aerospace. In 2004, the university teamed with then-student Jamail Larkins to found DreamLaunch, a national tour designed to educate and motivate students to pursue careers in aviation.

Larkins, now CEO of Ascension Aviation and the first official Federal Aviation Association (FAA) Ambassador for Aviation Education, has been the face of DreamLaunch since its inception. In just over 10 years, more than three million middle school and high school students have participated in DreamLaunch either in person through school visits at nearly 20 cities a year or via online outreach.

“Jamail’s successful leadership with DreamLaunch and Shaesta’s vision with Dreams Soar exemplify Embry-Riddle’s commitment to not only leading the future of aviation, but expanding and shaping it,” said Interim President Dr. John R. Watret. “It is engrained in them to educate and inspire the next generation, and that’s why we are proud to support them and the innovative, forward-thinking programs they represent.”

In addition to Embry-Riddle, official partners of the flight include: The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Bose Corporation, American Bonanza Society, Avfuel, FABA (Florida Aviation Business Association), MSK Concepts, Beeline, ICAO, UNDP (United Nations Development Programs) and various individuals.

A university-wide crowdsourcing site featuring student, staff and faculty initiatives provides an opportunity for industry, alumni and the public to support projects that go beyond the classroom such as Dreams Soar and the Global Solo Flight for STEM. Located at, the site includes student projects such as creating a consumer guide for small unmanned aircraft systems, building a space habitat simulator out of a 1976 Airstream trailer and launching a student-built rocket into space. Click here to be part of history and support Global Solo Flight for STEM, Dreams Soar crowdfunding.

  • New capabilities extend Gogo’s position as a complete, “nose-to-tail” communications provider in the business aviation market

NBAA, Las Vegas | November 16, 2015– November 16, 2015 – Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO), the leading provider of wireless in-flight connectivity and entertainment solutions to the global aero market, announces the availability of an expanded suite of cockpit and datalink services for its business aviation customers from Honeywell’s Global Data Center (GDC).

The additional services include Inmarsat Classic Aero (voice and data services) along with a variety of flight planning, datalink, graphical cockpit and weather information, flight following and concierge services.

John Wade, Gogo Business Aviation’s executive vice president and general manager, said, “We’re pleased to debut this additional suite of GDC services and offer Gogo customers the convenience of single-source activation, support and unified monthly billing.”

Gogo is unique in that it offers one of the business aviation market’s widest selections of in-flight voice and data services, which now include Gogo Biz, SwiftBroadband, Jet ConneX, Classic Aero, Swift64, Iridium, terrestrial 3G and Gogo Cloud (automated content delivery).

Michael Edmonds, Honeywell Aerospace Services Vice President, added “Honeywell’s continued mission is to innovate our on-board and portable solutions to reduce the work load for flight crews and maintainers of aircraft. We are proud to partner with Gogo to expand the availability of these services to more users.”

Today’s announcement is part of a larger initiative at Gogo Business Aviation as the company continues to expand its voice and data airtime services. The company offers a full range of easy-to-understand plans along with a suite of tools and support services that help customers monitor and manage their monthly usage. Special discounts are offered for bundled services and customers that operate multiple aircraft.

  • Industry-leading technology joins expanded suite of features for Gogo’s turn-key in-flight entertainment & information service

NBAA, Las Vegas | November 16, 2015– Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO), the leading provider of in-flight connectivity and wireless entertainment solutions to the global aero market, announces the introduction of automatic, in-hangar wireless update capabilities for Gogo Vision in the business aviation market – along with several other new features.

Gogo Vision, selected earlier this year by NetJets, serves up a licensed library of the hottest Hollywood movies and TV shows. It also includes features such as news, a flight tracker, flight progress information, destination weather, screen sharing, in-cabin file transfer and more.

With Gogo Vision, customers have the unique ability to receive fully-automatic content updates via Gogo Cloud, the company’s nationwide content delivery network. The system uses “machine to machine” Wi-Fi technology to automatically load fresh content when the aircraft arrives at a Gogo Cloud location, with no interaction required from the flight crew or maintenance personnel. Gogo Cloud capabilities are already available at select Signature Flight Support facilities and today’s announcement gives customers the ability to bring Gogo Cloud capabilities to their own hangars by installing a simple, no-charge equipment package available from Gogo.

John Wade, Gogo Business Aviation’s executive vice president and general manager, said, “Since the dawn of digital content, keeping aircraft entertainment libraries up to date has been a challenge for the business aviation industry. Transmitting extremely large media files over airborne connections isn’t practical and manual update processes are labor-intensive. Today’s announcement further reinvents the process, giving passengers an always-current content library without flight departments having to worry about it.”

Additional New Features for Gogo Vision

  • In December 2015, Gogo Vision will be available for viewing on cabin monitors, in addition to personal Wi-Fi devices such as iPhones, tablets and laptops. The in-flight experience can be configured to display Gogo Vision content by seating zone, on specific monitors or on all monitors at once.
  • Gogo Vision no longer requires integration with an in-flight connectivity system to complete its Digital Rights Management (DRM) verification. In addition to simplifying the installation and configuration process, this makes Gogo Vision a fully global, stand-alone IFE solution that’s accessible anytime during a flight.
  • Gogo Vision now includes increased customization for its flight tracker.
  • Gogo Vision now incorporates additional “smart viewing” features. For example, if passengers want to return to a program later, Gogo Vision easily allows them to pick up where they left off.

Wade added, “Passengers aboard business aircraft typically have very advanced digital lifestyles and Gogo Vision puts a wealth of entertainment and information at their fingertips. With these new features, we’re making Gogo Vision better for everyone – passengers, flight crews and maintenance personnel alike.”

  • Live connectivity from Gogo will enrich the in-flight experience for popular business aviation apps from FlightAware, ForeFlight, Honeywell and WSI

NBAA, Las Vegas | November 16, 2015– Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO), the leading provider of in-flight connectivity and wireless entertainment solutions to the global aero market, announces several cockpit and operational applications that will be available for use with its ATG 1000 in-flight connectivity system in the business aviation market, beginning in December 2015.

Via the Gogo Biz network service, the ATG 1000 system already enables voice, high-performance e-mail with attachments, and calling and texting with passengers’ own smartphones and mobile numbers. Today’s announcement means that it will also support select cockpit and operational applications through Gogo’s partnerships with the industry’s leading app providers.

John Wade, Gogo Business Aviation’s executive vice president and general manager, said, “To many pilots, the only thing better than using the latest generation of apps in the cockpit is using them with a live Internet connection, and that’s what today’s announcement will bring. The ATG 1000 is business aviation’s most affordable broadband system – it’s a great solution for light jets, turboprops and owner-flown aircraft, and adding cockpit app capabilities makes it even better.”

Beginning in December 2015, Gogo’s ATG 1000 connectivity system will support the following apps:

Provider Apps Description
FlightAware Flight Tracker FlightAware Global Enables worldwide flight tracking, nearby aircraft monitoring, push notifications and flight alerts, worldwide airport delay and status notification, and more. For iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Also available on
ForeFlight ForeFlight Mobile Provides flight planning, route briefing and filing, inflight moving map with real-time weather, US and Canada VFR and IFR charts, geo-referenced taxi charts, destination information, flight notifications, cloud documents, and more. For Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
Honeywell myGDC Utilize Honeywell’s MyGDC mobile app to simplify your flight operations and gain access to Global Data Center (GDC) services on your iPad. Pilots can create and file flight plans, customize, email & download trip kits and access up-to-the minute weather updates and airspace information.
WSI Corporation Pilotbrief Optima Delivers preflight briefings and continuous updates directly to the iPad, including high definition weather layers (radar, satellite IR, VIL and EchoTop mosaics), route-specific weather and NOTAM briefings, tropical storm tracks, graphic METARS, ten day planning forecasts, and more.

Logistically, ATG 1000 customers will obtain apps directly from the respective providers and maintain any required subscriptions. Ongoing data usage for the apps will be covered by the customer’s choice of Gogo Biz data plan, and no additional setup fees or subscriptions are required.

For a limited time, Gogo is offering ATG 1000 customers three months of data service for a flat monthly rate of $395/month, with no overage fees. After that, customers can select from a variety of Gogo Biz data plans to meet their ongoing needs.

Gogo expects to continue expanding the list of approved apps for the ATG 1000 system in the future.