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Vintage photo of an old bi-plane. Connectivity: Point of no return - From visual signaling to the globally connected passenger, pilot and plane Flying in the old days was a heroic adventure for the aircraft, pilot and passengers. From visual signaling, megaphone and long days in route, no one would dare then to dream about easy air-to-ground communication, up-linking flight plans, aircraft tracking, cabin entertainment systems or…
FANS_AlphabetSoup Alphabet soup for pilots: FANS 1/A+ CPDLC and ADS-C - There’s a lot of talk lately about FANS 1/A+ CPDLC and ADS-C, but what does it really mean to operators? What is truly the value? FANS 1/A, or Future Air Navigation Systems, is the suite of avionics upgrades that implement Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) and Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC).  When position reporting is…
SummerGamesBlog_Part1_ITS Flying to the 2016 Summer Games - First and foremost, Landing permits As we inch closer to the long awaited Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, deadlines for necessary arrangements are approaching to ensure fluid travel into the lively city. While all destinations require a certain amount of pre-planning, Brazil’s unique systems require a bit of additional attention. While landing in Brazil…
IMG_4802 Experiencing Bombardier’s C Series CS100 firsthand - Bombardier’s C Series CS100 was delivered to its launch customer, SWISS, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.   I had the distinct pleasure of representing Rockwell Collins as one of the passengers on the maiden demonstration flight around the Montreal area.   This delivery celebration included senior executives from Bombardier, SWISS, key suppliers and the Canadian government.…
DCL-2 A big step toward NextGen: DCL in the U.S. - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun the deployment of its Data Link Departure Clearance (DCL). This service will be available at 56 major airports in the U.S. by the end of 2016. This is the first step towards nationwide enroute CPDLC coverage. DCL enables your departure clearance to be delivered and responded to via…
160527-EBACE_Static_cropped_resized EBACE 2016 Report: Four Questions About High-Speed Connectivity - High speed airborne connectivity is all the buzz within the business aviation industry, and EBACE was no different. In our latest post to our Aviation Week Special Topics Page, Dave Poltorak, vice president and general manager in our information management services business, talks about two questions he heard about Ka-band connectivity, and two more that…

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