Satcom Direct has confirmed the installation of its Ku-band Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX.

SD installs Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a Falcon 2000LX

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Satcom Direct has confirmed the installation of its Ku-band Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX.

Satcom Direct has confirmed the installation of its Ku-band Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX.

The antenna is already equipped on the SD Gulfstream G350. The addition of the Dassault platform to the validation process will double testing capacity to give direct comparative feedback about the system’s full capabilities.

“Adding a second platform will serve to further verify the benefits of integrating the new advanced technology antenna with the already proven SD ecosystem of hardware, software and terrestrial infrastructure. Our mission is to analyse the performance and deliver a powerful, reliable, validated, connectivity solution to our early adopter customers,” said Chris Moore SD President of Business Aviation. “The dual-testing on two very distinct aircraft platforms demonstrates our commitment to providing seamless end-to-end connectivity for a wider selection of aircraft types than ever before. Ahead of in-service evaluation with customers, which is slated to begin Q3 2021, it also provides us with the opportunity to generate our first commercial Supplemental Type Certificate which will support installation for Falcon 2000 owners worldwide.”

Further STCs will follow before the end of the year.

Installation of the Plane Simple dual variant antenna is taking place at the Dassault Falcon Jet facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. Aerial validation on the Falcon 2000LX begins in July and will confirm the terminal’s functionality across the Intelsat FlexExec network, stress the system by using simultaneous, multiple high-bandwidth applications, and verify its capabilities across a range of flight dynamics.

“We are focused on developing products for the business aviation community that have been designed specifically for the unique requirements of the sector. We are not repurposing existing technology but using our experience as business aviators to bring a series of antennas to market that will meet the demanding needs of our business, military and government aviation customers,” adds Moore.

The Plane Simple Ku-band antenna is the first in a series of antenna systems being developed by SD in partnership with Germany-based QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH. Once activated the terminal will support the Intelsat FlexExec Ku-band service, which has been designed specifically to support business aviation operator needs.

Honeywell and SmartSky target business aviation operators

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Honeywell has been appointed an authorised value-added reseller for SmartSky Networks’ air-to-ground services for North American business aviation operators.

The two companies have worked together since 2019, when Honeywell was named a value-added reseller by SmartSky for the commercial aviation market.

“Honeywell Aerospace has been a trusted commercial aviation partner to SmartSky,” said SmartSky CEO David Helfgott. “Expanding our relationship to include business aviation marks yet another important milestone and expands our ability to address this underserved market. Honeywell’s proven track record in providing innovative connectivity and flight services aligns well with SmartSky’s vision to enable and empower the emerging connected aircraft ecosystem.”

SmartSky’s air-to-ground network leverages 5G technologies to provide a reliable, more secure and affordable in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution for airlines and business aviation operators that want full-functioning IFC.

“This agreement with SmartSky expands the suite of connectivity services we offer business aviation customers operating routes throughout North America and will work seamlessly with the Honeywell Forge software and services platform,” said John Peterson, Vice President and General Manager, Software and Services, Honeywell Aerospace. “SmartSky’s Skytelligence platform, digital services and shipset products represent the latest in connectivity advancement, providing our customers best-in-class value for their networked aircraft needs.”

The Honeywell GoDirect Router will be authorised for use on the SmartSky Network for those business aviation customers choosing to partake of the full complement of Honeywell services and support.

Gogo Business Aviation has installed the first two 5G antennas on a tower as it progresses its 5G air-to-ground (ATG) network and onboard equipment.

Gogo progresses 5G ATG Network

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Gogo Business Aviation has installed the first two 5G antennas on a tower as it progresses its 5G air-to-ground (ATG) network and onboard equipment.

Gogo Business Aviation has completed several key milestones as it continues to develop its 5G air-to-ground (ATG) network and onboard equipment.

The company has installed the first two 5G antennas on a tower. With the antennas now installed, Gogo will conduct prototype testing of system performance.

“Gogo 5G will be the fourth ATG nationwide network Gogo has designed and built,” said Dave Glenn, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations for Gogo. “Deploying this first ground site antenna and leveraging our unparalleled ATG experience over 28 years will enable us to validate our design for a smooth product and service launch.”

Gogo completed development of its 5G air card prototypes and recently completed coast-to-coast flight testing of its 5G belly-mounted antennas to validate their performance. Additionally, Gogo conducted a flight test and successfully established a connection between the 5G antennas on the aircraft and the 5G antennas on the ground tower.

“The tests we’ve conducted and successfully passed validate what we modeled when we initially announced we would build a 5G network,” said Mike Syverson, Senior Vice President of Engineering for Gogo. “Through the testing we’ve done so far, we now know that Gogo 5G is going to be better than we originally thought it would be.”

Gogo has also successfully performed an end-to-end call using a 5G SIM card, from the onboard equipment to the cell site, through the data centre to the internet, and back.

“What we’ve done is validate that our systems can talk to one another,” Syverson continued. “The antennas can talk to the cell site, which in turn can talk to the data centre. There is a lot of software development to put those pieces together, and it’s all working very well.”

The Gogo 5G network is being designed for aircraft operating within the contiguous US. Gogo expects the nationwide 5G network to be available in the second half of 2022.

ALTO Aviation has introduced a new fit-compatible solution that replaces obsolete Baker passenger controls with new direct-replacement ALTO Cadence switch panels.

ALTO Aviation enhances Cadence Cabin Management System

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ALTO Aviation has introduced a new fit-compatible solution that replaces obsolete Baker passenger controls with new direct-replacement ALTO Cadence switch panels.

ALTO Aviation has introduced a new fit-compatible solution that replaces obsolete Baker passenger controls with new direct-replacement ALTO Cadence switch panels.

This solution, FAA TSO-C139a Approved, designed in-house to upgrade old MHL3 and MHL4 Baker panels, expands the company’s Cadence CMS offering that has already replaced obsolete cabin switches, including Airshow, Audio International, Lufthansa NICE, and Pacific Systems Micronet.

ALTO Aviation currently offers over 30 unique replacement switch series bezels that provide seamless installation and fit with any interior design concept; this solution does not require software for basic CMS functionality and supports full CMS & IFE functionality, including cabin audio.

In common with all new Cadence Cabin Management System solutions, this replacement saves installation costs by preserving the existing woodwork. By retaining cutouts, ALTO can provide a solution to seamlessly upgrade obsolete Baker switch panels with functional, innovative technologies, allowing clients to add new functionality, including Bluetooth audio, HDMI, and USB ports.

“The introduction of our ALTO Cadence CMS replacement for obsolete Baker passenger controls represents our continued commitment to anticipate and provide our clients with innovative, effective ideas that solve obsolescence, reduce wood rework, and significantly save in installation costs and resources,” said Kevin Hayes, VP Sales and Marketing at ALTO Aviation.

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Emirates updates summer IFE schedule

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Emirates has released details of its summer content offerings as part of its ongoing investment in its IFE.

The Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra channels on Emirates ice TV Live is currently showing matches from the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament and will broadcast the final on 11 July. Live TV will also show the rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games on 23 July in Tokyo.

Additionally, Wimbledon 2021, the British Open, the NBA finals, the PGA tour, MotoGP and more will also be available.

Emirates has continually invested to update its in-flight content throughout the past year, adding approximately 100 movies each month to the extensive content library on ice, plus exclusive TV content including trending HBO shows such as The Undoing, I Know This Much is True and Betty.

Other programme highlights for the summer include over 20 winners and nominees from this year’s leading film awards such as: NomadlandThe Father, Soul, Promising Young Woman, and many more.

Documentaries include Greta Thunberg: A year to change the world, Wild Cats of India, Life in Ten Pictures, and King Otto – a documentary about Greece’s historic UEFA Euro 2004 win.

July’s top picks on ice include Raya and the Last Dragon, French Exit, Godzilla vs Kong, Minari, and The Courier. 

August’s movie highlights  consist of A Quiet Place Part II, Wrath of Man, and Mortal Kombat.

Emirates’ customers in all classes of travel can enjoy up to 4,500 channels of programming on ice, including over 1,000 channels for movie aficionados, and 130 channels for kids.

Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has selected Latitude Technologies Corp’s DL150 Satellite Data Unit as a core connectivity element in its NextGen Pro•Link solution and respective Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

Chicago Jet Group upgrades avionics with Latitude

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Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has selected Latitude Technologies Corp’s DL150 Satellite Data Unit as a core connectivity element in its NextGen Pro•Link solution and respective Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has selected Latitude Technologies Corp’s DL150 Satellite Data Unit as a core connectivity element in its NextGen Pro•Link solution and respective Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

The DL150 is a critical part of the avionics upgrade supporting global satellite-based connectivity enabling Oceanic Controller-Pilot Data Link including ADS-C, FANS 1/A+ and ACARS services.

The NextGen Pro•Link upgrade meets the global compliance requirements for the Gulfstream G200, Falcon 50/50EX, and Falcon 2000/2000EX. The overall upgrade, it is claimed, is a cost-effective and high-performance Dual FMS upgrade path for classic Dassault Falcon aircraft models and the Gulfstream G200.

Upgrading to the FANS 1/A+ Satcom Data Link with the high-performance Latitude DL150 is a proven winner for us that enables cost savings for operators on their avionics upgrade,” stated Mike Mitera, General Manager, CJG. “The DL150 is an undisputed leader in data link performance, and we look forward to our continued partnership with Latitude Technologies.”

“We are very pleased to be working with Chicago Jet Group on this project. The DL150 has consistently proven itself a robust data satcom solution,” commented Ray Larkin, Executive Aviation, Latitude Technologies. “This is an important element in bringing affordable FANS 1/A+ upgrade solutions to the executive jet operator.”

Icelandair has introduced its new textile collection inspired by Icelandic nature.

Icelandair unveils new onboard textile collection

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Icelandair has introduced its new textile collection inspired by Icelandic nature.

Icelandair has introduced its new textile collection inspired by Icelandic nature.

The new collection replaces the carrier’s previous range which included blankets, pillows, headrests and more, and promoted aspects of the Icelandic language. Remnants of this collection have been donated to charities.

The new collection is inspired by the peaks of Iceland’s mountainous landscapes and has been created in collaboration with WESSCO. It is primarily produced from sustainable materials.

The economy blanket and pillow are made from a recycled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) a strong, lightweight and often transparent plastic, made from a combination of oil and petrochemicals.

Icelandair has confirmed it will no longer use plastic for fresh Saga Premium duvets and blankets. An attached elastic band will show that the duvet is unused.

The introduction of the new range coincides with an initiative to minimise the use of onboard disposable water bottles. This change was planned for 2020 but was delayed because of changes related to COVID-19 safety measures. The airline estimates that this will reduce the use of plastic by up to 20 tons per year.

Gogo AVANCE L5 kit

Latest milestone for Gogo AVANCE L5 and L3 systems

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Gogo AVANCE L5 kit

Gogo Business Aviation has confirmed its AVANCE L5 and L3 in-flight connectivity systems are installed and flying on 2,000 business aircraft.

Combined, the two systems have flown nearly 600,000 flights, consuming 262.61 terabytes of data.

“The AVANCE L5 and L3 improved performance and functionality over our Classic ATG systems continue to thrill our customers and drive demand,” said Sergio Aguirre, President of Gogo Business Aviation. “The need for quality connectivity has never been more important than it is today, and we don’t see that slowing down.”

The Gogo AVANCE L5 platform delivers a 4G experience to business aircraft of all types and sizes, from light jets to the largest global business jets, and will be able to take advantage of the new Gogo 5G network, scheduled to be launched in 2022. AVANCE L3, which launched in January 2018, provides an excellent user experience that is customisable across three configurations and comes in a lightweight, smaller form factor than the L5, making it an ideal solution for smaller aircraft including turboprops and light jets.

Catherine Jestin as Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management, at Airbus

Catherine Jestin appointed as Airbus EVP Digital and Information Management

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Catherine Jestin as Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management, at Airbus

Airbus SE has appointed Catherine Jestin as Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management, effective 1 July 2021. Jestin currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Airbus.

“This nomination comes at a time of particular importance for the digital transformation of Airbus, as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and prepare ourselves for the next phases in the development of our civil and military activities,” said Guillaume Faury. “The main focus of this new organisation will be to foster digital innovation across Airbus’ industrial ecosystem and our products and services portfolio, accelerating data analytics, artificial intelligence, automation and services for Airbus’ customers as well as digital security for the Company.”

Jestin will work to reinforce the transversal cooperation across Airbus functions company-wide in order to continue the successful deployment of the Digital Design, Manufacturing & Services (DDMS) programme, established to enable co-design capabilities and digital continuity system-wide. She will also leverage and coordinate digital talent pools across the organisation to support the wider transformation of Airbus’ ways of working through state-of-the-art digital tools, technologies and processes, while ensuring the Company is at the forefront of environmentally sustainable IT practices.

Ukrainian low-cost carrier SkyUp has updated its onboard menu, with the addition of new seasonal items.

SkyUp updates onboard menu

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Ukrainian low-cost carrier SkyUp has updated its onboard menu, with the addition of new seasonal items.

Ukrainian low-cost carrier SkyUp has updated its onboard menu, with the addition of new seasonal items.

A Strawberry Season SkyBox includes dorado and jamon with mango and chili puree sauce, a mix of salads with strawberries, peanuts, and feta cheese, and delicate Pine dessert.

We have added new seasonal items to the menu with strawberries and peaches. It will be available on the menu until 31 July.

The Peach Season SkyBox, available until 1 August, includes tender chicken rolls with pear and tomatoes with polenta, salad with grilled peach, Adyghe cheese, arugula, and fried hazelnuts, with a honey milfey for dessert.

In addition, the airline is also catering to Muslim passengers. The Muslim SkyBox includes tender pasta conciglioni with parmesan cheese and ricotta with spinach, cherry tomatoes, and thyme in cheese sauce, zucchini with hummus, yellow and red peppers, mozzarella and herbs, and caramel mousse for dessert.