Articles by Woodrow Bellamy III

Wifi sign onboard a commercial aircraft

Airlines Still Considering the Value of In-Flight Wi-Fi

Decisions for airlines making investments in providing in-flight Wi-Fi for passengers are strongly driven by the segment of the industry they operate within, as Via Satellite’s sister publication Avionics learned at the 2017 Boyd International Aviation Forecast Summit (IAFS). Executives from American Airlines, Allegiant, Spirit Airlines, Tap Portugal and Sun Country provided much different perspectives on investing […]

By | September 1, 2017

Alaska Airlines jet with iconic Eskimo tail design. Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines to Equip up to 50 Planes with Gogo 2ku

Alaska Airlines has selected Gogo’s 2Ku satellite-based Ku-band In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) technology for its fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Installations are scheduled to begin on Alaska’s Boeing 737 aircraft in the first six months of 2018, with 40 to 50 planes expected to receive upgrades by the end of the year. In addition to […]

By | August 22, 2017

David Hansell, Global Aviation Lead, Facebook. Photo: Vince Lim.

Facebook Talks Plans to Connect the Other 4 Billion

Facebook wants to use solar powered Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to connect up to 66 percent of the planet, considered remote areas, with outdated or no internet service at all. On June 7 at the fourth-annual Global Connected Aircraft Summit, David Hansell, who serves as the leader of Facebook’s global aviation policy, gave an audience […]

By | June 12, 2017

Innovative Solid State Amplifier Technology in the 21st century

From the early 1980s until just a few years ago, Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) field effect transistors (FETs) were the mainstay of the Solid State High Power Amplifiers (HPA) industry for Radio Frequency (RF) transmission.

By CPI | May 08, 2017

Airborne Wireless Network concept of operations.

This Company Plans to Turn Airplanes into Communications Satellites

A Simi Valley, California, company believes commercial airplanes could become the communications satellites that the telecommunications industry has been craving. Backed by leadership that has achieved aviation industry firsts in the past, Airborne Wireless Network (AWN) is preparing for a test in late March that it hopes will serve as a proof of concept for […]

By | February 8, 2017

EAN satellite network testing Inmarsat

Inmarsat Completes First Satellite Test for European Aviation Network

The initial testing for the satellite connectivity portion of the European Aviation Network (EAN) is complete. According to Inmarsat, testing for the first Satellite Access Station (SAS) that will be part of EAN has been completed in Greece. The SAS is located in the Greek town of Nemea and operated under an agreement with OTE, […]

By | February 7, 2017

Airbus A319 cabin. Photo: Airbus

EASA Approves New In-Flight Connectivity on Airbus A319

[Via Satellite 01-12-2016] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued certification for the Honeywell Aerospace JetWave satellite communications hardware for the Airbus A319 aircraft. Eclipse subsidiary EAD Aerospace obtained the certification. As the exclusive hardware that allows aircraft to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band service, GX Aviation, JetWave enables pilots to access online […]

By | January 12, 2017

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