NBAA, Las Vegas | November 16, 2015– To better represent its expanded offerings beyond satellite communications solutions, Satcom Direct has changed its brand identity to SD.

The move stems from the company’s ongoing technology advancements and strategic partnerships, which have broadened its capabilities as a global connectivity provider. In addition to SATCOM, SD offers secured network capabilities, air-to-ground solutions, and value-added services to make those networks faster, more efficient and more secure. The company name will remain Satcom Direct, while using the “SD” mark and initials to represent its evolution as a company.

“From the beginning, SD has been an innovator, delivering numerous technology advancements to business aviation and government customers. We received a patent for our very first product, the Global One Number®, and we’ve continued to bring new technologies to the marketplace. We’ve been Satcom Direct since 1997, and now we’re even more,” said Jim Jensen, SD founder and CEO.

More than a satellite communications provider, SD delivers global connectivity via services that enable clients to use satellite, air-to-ground and 3G cellular networks, seamlessly, via its exclusive router the SDRTM. Proprietary value-added enhancements accelerate data, improve voice call quality, and enable use of smartphones at any altitude, anywhere in the world.

Along with significant additions to its product portfolio, in October, SD celebrated its latest milestone with the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art 42,000-sq-ft world headquarters in Melbourne, Florida. The move consolidated multiple locations in Satellite Beach and Melbourne into a single, larger, more efficient facility. The LEED certified building houses a 24/7 network operations center (NOC), technologies testing lab, and advanced research and development center.

“Our mission is to meet aircraft operators’ demands for better and more secure connectivity in both the cabin and the cockpit, wherever they fly. The NOC enables SD to monitor the performance of our services and applications, as well as airborne network providers, facilitating our world class support. The next generation of SD services will help synchronize the aircraft with the flight department, bringing our customers a technology platform like nothing else in the industry,” Jensen said.

  • First Intelsat EpicNG high-performance satellite will be placed in orbit by Ariane 5

Luxembourg | November 10, 2015– Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that Intelsat 29e, the first of the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites, is scheduled to launch on January 27, 2016, aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

Manufactured by Boeing, Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites operate in both C-and Ku-band, and are fully interoperable with the entire Intelsat satellite fleet. The Intelsat EpicNG satellites will operate the most advanced digital payload commercially available, providing commercial and government customers access to high throughput capabilities, which will result in a flexible broadband infrastructure that will scale to meet their needs.

Located at 310° East, Intelsat 29e will replace Intelsat 1R and Intelsat 805. The payload will enable the delivery of enterprise-grade, broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aero and maritime mobility service providers, and to government customers operating throughout the Americas. The satellite will also provide spot beams for mobility customers serving the heavily trafficked North Atlantic region. To date, companies such as Harris CapRock, Panasonic, EMC (formerly MTN), Axesat and leading national telecom operators in Latin America will be among the first to deploy services on the platform.

“This is an exciting time for our company, with Intelsat leading the way with new satellite-based solutions that address the needs of our always-connected world,” stated Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat. “With broadband demands only increasing, Intelsat 29e will enable our customers to extend the reach of their networks and provide high quality, fast, reliable connectivity, whether they are serving end users in flight, at sea or increasing the amount of throughput on existing broadband infrastructure. With 2016 fast approaching, Intelsat 29e is completed and awaiting shipment to the launch site. Intelsat continues to work closely with Boeing and Arianespace to ensure that Intelsat 29e is ready for its planned January launch date and to mark the next evolution in Intelsat’s longstanding history of innovation.”

Intelsat 29e marks the first of Intelsat’s next generation EpicNG satellite fleet that combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology to meet customers’ growing demand for broadband connectivity worldwide. Intelsat29e will be the 56th Intelsat satellite orbited by Arianespace and the first dedicated launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket for Intelsat. Intelsat expects to launch the second Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 33e, which will serve Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, in the third quarter of 2016, also aboard an Arianespace launcher.

  • Expands Honeywell’s space and connectivity portfolio including entry into growing Radio Frequency technology for data networking satellites and communications
  • Builds on Honeywell’s great position with customers and growing demand for wireless connectivity, communications and emerging small satellite components
  • Greater global reach for newly combined company
    Efficiencies generated through the application of the Honeywell Operating System will increase growth and profitability of COM DEV

Phoenix, Arizona | November 5, 2015– Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ontario, Canada-based COM DEV International (TSX: CDV), a leading satellite and space components provider for an aggregate purchase price of approximately C$455 million ($345 million USD), net of cash and debt acquired. COM DEV’s estimated 2015 revenue is approximately C$210 million ($160 million USD). On an adjusted basis, the purchase price translates to approximately ten times COM DEV’S estimated 2015 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).

Honeywell is acquiring COM DEV’s electrical and optical components and subsystems equipment businesses. COM DEV will simultaneously spin-off its exactEarth subsidiary to current shareholders prior to closing. The acquisition of COM DEV will create significant value to Honeywell shareholders as the transaction will be principally funded with non-U.S. cash, and drive deal returns consistent with Honeywell’s acquisition framework. Pending government and shareholder approvals, the acquisition is expected to close by the end of the first quarter in 2016.

“COM DEV is a terrific fit for Honeywell, growing our existing space and connectivity businesses and expanding our global reach to new international customers,” said Honeywell Aerospace President and CEO, Tim Mahoney. “COM DEV’s differentiated technologies and strong position in the growing connectivity industry make the company an attractive addition to our business. We are equally excited about what we can bring to COM DEV, specifically our broad product portfolio, deep industry expertise and relationships, global sales force and brand, and our proven Honeywell Operating System. We are confident that all of our key processes and initiatives will be immediate differentiators for COM DEV.”

Found on more than 950 spacecraft and 80 percent of all commercial communication satellites, COM DEV’s equipment business complements and expands Honeywell’s space product portfolio, its major push into connectivity and boosts the company’s presence internationally.

The acquisition is aligned with Honeywell’s strategy of acquiring business that have Great Positions in Good Industries. COM DEV’s equipment business provides Honeywell with a broader offering to customers launching satellite payloads with demand that in total is growing at mid to high single digit, and near double-digits with certain customers and businesses, and enables further expansion into emerging low orbit and small satellite constellations. COM DEV also provides Honeywell’s space business new, differentiated products including commercial grade, high performance switches and associated equipment.

“Like Honeywell, COM DEV has a deep heritage in space and a flawless track record in delivering mission success to its customers,” continued Mahoney. “Together our experienced teams and proven technologies will strengthen our international positions and provide satellite, space probes and constellation developers an efficient and cost-effective partner to solve their most difficult challenges.”

COM DEV holds over 250 patents and employs approximately 1250 people with facilities in Canada, China, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. Upon closing, COM DEV will be part of the company’s Defense and Space business and grow Honeywell’s connectivity initiatives across the division’s Air Transport, Business Aviation and Helicopter customers.

  • Third Inmarsat-5 satellite with new technology will allow global coverage

El Segundo, CA | August 29, 2015– When the third Boeing-built [NYSE: BA] Inmarsat-5 satellite, which is now in orbit, becomes fully operational later this year it will provide the technology and coverage necessary for worldwide high-speed broadband access.

Inmarsat-5 F3 sent signals from space following its launch yesterday on an International Launch Services Proton Breeze M launch vehicle. After reaching final orbit, the spacecraft will undergo testing and checkout before becoming operational.

“The Inmarsat Global Xpress network will be the first high-speed Ka-band broadband network to span the world,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat. “New technology and engineering design will allow us to steer capacity where it’s needed most and adjust to shifting subscriber usage patterns and evolving demographics over the minimum 15-year life span of the network. We can now look forward to the introduction of global GX commercial services by the end of this year.”

Each of the three Inmarsat-5 satellites use fixed narrow spot beams to deliver higher speeds through more compact terminals. Steerable beams direct additional capacity in real-time to where it’s needed to provide seamless, global broadband communications coverage to Inmarsat users worldwide on land, at sea, and in the air. The first two Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellites were launched December 2013 and February 2015, respectively. A fourth Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 (F4) is scheduled for delivery in mid-2016.

“The 702HP (high power) satellite is ideally suited for delivering the advanced capabilities Inmarsat required for this mission,” said Mark Spiwak, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International. “More than 20 of these 702HP spacecraft are in orbit now for customers, including Inmarsat, providing reliable, affordable and innovative service.”

Boeing has a strategic marketing partnership with Inmarsat and currently provides both military Ka-band and commercial Global Xpress services to U.S. government customers. Boeing recently concluded an extensive demonstration program for ten U.S. government customer communities using the Inmarsat-5 F2 spacecraft.

This week, entertainment and connectivity news looked like a shotgun blast of scattered stories, and we had a hard time picking a lead story! So instead of picking one to feature as our Hot Topic we thought it might be better, or at least different, to grasp the whole mess laid out by subject area. You choose what to read!


The future of technology is up in the air, literally. APEX EXPO is 35,000 feet above all other industry trade shows when it comes to bringing you the latest in inflight technology and connectivity! Join the industry Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Portland Oregon for the passenger experience industry’s most comprehensive trade show, including a day of world-class speakers and sessions devoted to technological issues and the future of the passenger experience, among other exciting topics!

  • Leo Mondale, President, Aviation for Inmarsat, will delve into business models built around “future-proof” technologies that won’t be obsolete in a few years
  • Craig Proud, SVP Platform for GuestLogix, will discuss onboard payment technologies – Apple Pay, MasterCard Paypass, Visa PayWave and more – that are seamless and satisfying for passengers
  • Jim Costello, Chief Technology Officer for Telefonix, Inc. will cover the challenges and potential solutions for developing IFEC that stays relevant in a rapidly evolving market

The 138th Slot Conference of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association for the airline industry, will be held in Hamburg from 21 to 23 June 2016. Following the World Passenger Symposium in 2015, this will be the second event of this renowned umbrella organisation to be hosted in Hamburg – thereby confirming Hamburg’s important role in the international aviation industry. Around 600 experts from the aviation industry are expected to attend the biggest of the IATA events, which will take place at the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg.



IFE Specific


Wi-Fi Specific


Wi-Fi Aware:



  • BOSE develops new features for A20 Aviation Headsets Among other them; the A20’s can now stream warnings and advisories thru apps via Bluetooth connectivity.


Airframe Manufacturers




  • Looks like Kontron is focusing on secure connectivity inflight
  • You are going to hear a lot more about the Hacking Team (company) in the future, but for now, Wi-Fi Hacking Drones are the subject here. Coming your way soon.
  • It’s about time!
  • And finally, in case you wondering if this last link has anything to do with IFEC —  it does not. Would you like to guess how many recorded Internet security attacks there were yesterday? Eleven? One hundred and eleven? Eleven thousand… how about 11,059,744! Numbers like this really put the scale of potential aviation hack worries into perspective. You can see a threat intelligence map in realtime here.

Editor’s Note: This week’s rectangle has very little to do with IFE – we just wanted you to see the terrific Boeing Paint job!

Itasca, Ill. | June 1, 2015– Gogo (NASDAQ:GOGO), a leading global aero communications service provider, announced today that it has been named 12th on this year’s Crain’s Chicago Business Fast Fifty list, which is a compilation of the fastest growing companies in Chicago. Gogo moved up seven spots from last year’s ranking.

Gogo was recognized by Crain’s after delivering a five year revenue growth of 1009 percent.

“This recognition comes at a very pivotal point for Gogo, as we move our corporate headquarters to Chicago’s west loop,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s President and CEO. “Gogo’s rapid growth has put us at the epicenter of Chicago’s technology hub and we look forward to increasing our contributions to Chicago’s technology scene as well as continuous growth as a company.”

You can view the full list of companies that made Crain’s Fast Fifty List here.

Geneva, SWITZERLAND (May 11, 2009) – Rockwell Collins’ Tailwind® 500 and Tailwind® 550 multi-region Direct Broadcast Satellite TV (DBS TV) systems now offer regional free-to-air TV access for India and Russia. The company’s Tailwind 500/ 550 satellite TV systems are the first to offer business jet travelers coverage for these regions.

“This is an important milestone for Rockwell Collins as we continue to make our Tailwind TV solutions attractive to customers in more regions,” saidSteve Timm, vice president and general manager, Information Management Systems for Rockwell Collins. “We look forward to delivering the new capabilities of our information and entertainment offerings to an increasingly global customer base.”

The expanded coverage for India is available immediately, and Russian coverage will be available in August 2009.

Rockwell Collins’ Tailwind® 500 system is a multi-regional tail mount airborne TV system developed and targeted specifically for the super-mid to large business aircraft. Tailwind 550 is a fuselage mount TV system designed for larger VIP business aircraft such as the BBJ and ACJ. Both systems allow the aircraft to receive DBS television signals that provide passengers with more than 475 channels of satellite video and audio programming in multiple geographic regions, including the United States, Europe, the Middle East and now India and Russia. Features include:

  • Strong Reception In All Defined Areas And Regions
  • Exceptional Performance In Regions With Poor Signals (Middle East and Russia)
  • Operates in the Air and On The Ground
  • Automatically Switches To The Right Satellite When Flying Across Regions

For more information on Tailwind® 500 visit, and to learn more about Tailwind® 550 go to

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by 20,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit

Airline will begin outfitting its fleet with in-flight Wi-Fi from Row 44 later this year

FORNEBU, Norway, April 27 – Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, Europe’s fifth largest low-cost carrier, announced today that it is equipping its entire fleet with high-speed in-flight broadband. The airline will use a satellite-based broadband solution from Row 44.

Norwegian, winner of Air Transport World’s 2009 Market Leadership Award, will be the first European airline to equip its fleet with high-speed in-flight broadband. Norwegian will be able to offer passengers uninterrupted broadband services–Internet browsing, live international television, movies, music, mobile phones, texting, and e-commerce–to all of the airline’s 84 destinations across Europe. In addition to its current fleet, Norwegian has orders for nearly 50 new planes–all of which the airline will equip with Row 44’s broadband service.

“Norwegian has become one of the most successful carriers by relentlessly adding value to our passengers’ travel experience,” said Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian. Row 44’s system will help us add exciting new productivity and entertainment services to our flights–creating more satisfied and loyal passengers and crew, giving Norwegian a strong competitive advantage, and adding significantly to our bottom line.”

“Norwegian Air Shuttle is widely considered one of the most innovative, agile, and forward-thinking airlines in the world. They are an extremely strong organization led by disciplined, insightful professionals. Norwegian is known for creating and rapidly deploying new capabilities that delight their passengers,” said John Guidon, Row 44’s CEO. “Row 44 is honored that Norwegian has chosen our in-flight broadband to enhance their passenger and crew experience and create a powerful new profit center.”

Row 44 will begin installing its broadband system on Norwegian planes in the fourth quarter of 2009.

About Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA is a low-fare, point-to-point airline, registered on the Oslo Stock Exchange, employing approx. 1500 people. Norwegian operates a total of 175 routes to 83 destinations. In 2008 Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA transported 9.1 million passengers. The company’s headquarters are located at Fornebu, outside Oslo.