Connectivity

Frequentis Digital Cloud Services: Paving the Way for Estonian U-Space

Frequentis Digital Cloud Services: Paving the Way for Estonian U-Space

Joy Finnegan

Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) has been working with Frequentis to create an environment where drones and civil aviation can coexist in the shared airspace. By integrating air traffic management (ATM) and unmanned traffic management (UTM) on the same platform, situational awareness and safety will be enhanced, allowing increased use of drones in Estonia. The…

Thales Launches New Digital Secondary Radar RSM NG for Safer ATM

Joy Finnegan

Thales is unveiling the RSM NG, a new digital secondary radar – a meta-sensor for safer skies. The radar leverages the latest digital technologies to bring airports outstanding performance, cyber protection and optimized life-cycle costs. Thales says a meta-sensor approach makes the radar unique. The 2 in 1 sensor ensures the quality, integrity and availability of…

ASECNA Completed Installation of Third Delivery Point in Dakar, Enabling AFISNET VSAT Integration for Member States

Joy Finnegan

The Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) announced their continued commitment to the Single African Sky initiative through the installation of a third Aireon Service Delivery Point (SDP) in their Dakar, Senegal operations center. The installation of this tertiary SDP allows ASECNA to receive triple-redundant data to all six ASECNA controlled…

Carlos Miller, VP Aerospace and Defense, Pioneer

Pioneer Metal Finishing Acquires Electrochem Solutions, a Precious Metal Plating Company in Silicon Valley

Joy Finnegan

Pioneer Metal Finishing (Pioneer), a portfolio company of Aterian Investment Partners (Aterian), announced the acquisition of Electrochem Solutions (Electrochem). Founded in 1982 and based in Union City, Calif., Electrochem is a metal finishing company in Silicon Valley. Electrochem provides a range of highly technical finishing solutions including gold plating, silver plating, anodizing, electroless nickel, and…

SD Begins Airborne Validation of Plane Simple Ku-band Tail Mount Antenna System

Joy Finnegan

Satcom Direct has begun airborne testing of its Plane Simple Satcom Antenna Systems one year after announcing the launch their purpose-built Ku-band tail mounted antenna system. The transition from development to ground assessment to the aerial testing phase aims to validate the full performance capabilities of the Ku-band terminal. Inflight trials will also confirm the…

✈ Aerospace Tech Week (ATW) rescheduled to 3-4 November ’21.

Joy Finnegan

It’s very encouraging that the end of the pandemic is hopefully in sight and once these wonderful vaccines are successfully rolled out then life can start to return to some normality. At which point travel and events such as ATW can safely recommence. We therefore feel it is more prudent to reschedule ATW, one last…

FAA Announces Application Period for LAANC

Joy Finnegan

The FAA announced the application period for entities to become FAA Approved UAS Service Suppliers of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). The application period opens on May 3, 2021. LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and the drone industry that directly supports the safe integration of drones into the nation’s airspace….

SmartSky Raises Additional Capital as Aviation Broadband Wi-Fi Service Launch Nears

Joy Finnegan

SmartSky Networks announced that it has closed on more than $32 million in additional equity and debt funding as it prepares for the launch of its next-generation aviation Wi-Fi connectivity service later this year. “In a display of confidence in the future of SmartSky’s groundbreaking technology and services, we received new funds from our institutional…

Delta Selects Viasat’s In-Flight Connectivity; Viasat to Deliver Enhanced Connectivity and a Path to Personalized, Free Content

Joy Finnegan

Viasat Inc. announced in January that Delta Air Lines had selected their next-generation Ka-band satellite in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution for more than 300 mainline narrow-body aircraft, including both new delivery and retrofits on A321ceo, 737-900ER and select 757-200 aircraft. Delta says they expects to bring the Viasat technology onboard these aircraft starting summer 2021, with Delta having…

Qatar Airways Enhances PaxEx with Thales AVANT IFE on its Boeing B787-8

Joy Finnegan

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways highlighted its commitment to the passenger experience by upgrading the current fleet of Boeing B787-8 Dreamliners with Thales AVANT inflight entertainment (IFE) system. zQatar Airways says it has been eager to replicate the innovative AVANT experience on their Boeing B787-8 aircraft without disrupting the utilization of the fleet and…

JetBlue Unveils Completely Reimagined Mint Seating for Transatlantic Market

Joy Finnegan

JetBlue unveiled a reimagined version of its popular Mint experience, for use on transatlantic flights. The se-up features 24 private suites with a sliding door for every Mint customer, a custom-designed seat cushion by Tuft & Needle, and as part of the refresh, JetBlue will also introduce its latest innovation, the Mint Studio, which will…

Inmarsat to Provide Satellite Connectivity for UK’s First Zero Carbon Regional Air Transportation Network

Joy Finnegan

Mobile satellite communications provider, Inmarsat, announced its participation in a ground-breaking new initiative funded by the UK Government to develop the country’s first automated, zero carbon regional air transportation network. Project HEART (Hydrogen Electric and Automated Regional Transportation) will develop hydrogen powered, automated and remote piloting solutions for small aircraft carrying between 9 and 19…

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