The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 on Thursday to move forward with a notice of proposed rulemaking to consider allowing airline passengers to make cellular telephone calls in flight, a practice that is currently banned in the U.S., although allowed by other countries.
The Farnborough International Airshow (July 9-15, 2012) is shaping up to be not just bigger than the 2010 event but also better, according to exhibitions and events director Amanda Stainer, “with exciting new features that will captivate [attendees’] imaginations.” Exhibit areas are already 95 percent sold out, she said. Contributing to the excitement surrounding this year’s airshow are preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Game (July 27 to August 12).
The U.S. government is revamping its export control regime for military-related products, a systemic reform long sought by the nation’s aerospace industry. The reform could facilitate prospective deals being pursued by U.S. companies here in the Asia Pacific region and other parts of the world.
The issue of military exports pits advocates of weapons nonproliferation against those who argue that the U.S. must remain economically competitive with other nations. But there is wide acknowledgment that the existing system of vetting products and technologies for export is deficient.
One of the supreme ironies of the ongoing LightSquared saga is that the company’s efforts to promote its nationwide email initiative are not helped when emails about its own activities, written by U.S. government bureaucrats, become public under Freedom of Information legislation.
The FAA should provide more detailed information on efforts to align with Europe on ATC modernization to mitigate “continuing skepticism” among aviation industry stakeholders, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
LightSquared is coming under pressure from several separate directions, as opponents to its plans provide more specific support to their positions on legal, financial and technical issues. And in the background, a telecom industry heavyweight with whom LightSquared hopes to form an alliance wants clarity by year-end.
“Safety first”: That’s the credo behind the daily flying display here at the Dubai Air Show, where some of the world’s greatest pilots are pushing their high-performance military aircraft to the limit right before visitors’ eyes. The focus on safety is on full display at the daily briefing that all pilots, crews and coordinators attend.
International Communications Group (ICG) is teaming with Overlook Consulting to bring operational approval services for future air navigation system (Fans1/A) and polar routing to pilots and flight departments using ICG’s NxtLink Iridium transceivers.
Launch of the ViaSat-1 high-capacity, Ka-band, spot-beam satellite has been set for Wednesday, October 19 at 18:48 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Proton M launch vehicle. The satellite will enable the broadband multimedia Internet access that ViaSat, of Carlsbad, Calif., expects to provide over the next decade to meet an accelerating growth in airborne bandwidth demand.
Independent completion and refurbishment center BaySys Technologies of Melfa, Va., has concluded that service over a Ku-band satellite system “provides a significant service improvement for its customers as compared to the Inmarsat-based data solutions.”
BaySys is therefore developing a solution to integrate the Ku-band satellite antenna system into its aircraft offerings for cabin communication service.
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