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 in-flight internet.

Although today we can all benefit from these available technologies that keep us connected, in Brazil the majority of the 800 business jets flying currently have no connectivity service. For those of you that believe there are better ways to connect today besides visual signaling, smoke signs, or handmade flight plans, read on.

By incorporating connectivity tools into operations you can expect:

Operational efficiency

Your safety and efficiency are improved by having accurate flight plans sent right from the ground to your Flight Management System (FMS) or iPad, receiving weather updates, real-time position data or just sending a simple message to your Fixed Base Operator (FBO) to request services before landing.

Onboard satellite connectivity is transforming communications in the cockpit and supporting communications between the aircraft and the Air Traffic Control.  Current satellite technologies allow a wide range of capabilities onboard the aircraft in comparison to legacy systems.

Meeting the cabin needs for passengers

Today, we are more connected than ever.  Our personal and business lives depend heavily on access to our devices. We often feel the need to be in touch with family and colleagues regardless of where we are.  This need to stay connected to our professional responsibilities make the “office in the sky” even more valuable.

Faster data connections with reliable service are key factors driving the market. Passengers not only want access to email and internet as in previous years, but also the ability to seamlessly continue their business in-flight using high-speed data. This may include applications such as uploading and downloading data, video conferences or high definition on-demand TV.  From the passenger perspective, the data connection should be seamless – indeed plug and play-connecting their device to the Wi-Fi aircraft network to fully enjoy the ride.

So while the days of visual signaling may be far behind us, countries like Brazil are just starting to catch up and take advantage of the new era of connectivity onboard.  The safety and efficiency added is undeniable. Making compromises for staying connected while you travel is over.

Are you ready to connect?

Read more about authors Vinicius Freitas and Perla Fagundez.

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