How’s the (new) W-IFE?

George Harrison once remarked that Hamburg was like an apprenticeship for The Beatles – a place where they learnt how to play in front of people. And so it proved; by the time the band returned for their sixth and final visit in 1966, they were a worldwide phenomenon. When I left the recent Aircraft…

Some Thoughts on Lufthansa’s FlyNet IFC

Recently, I had the pleasure of sampling Panasonic Avionics’ satellite in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution. On my travels back from Singapore to London via Frankfurt, ably assisted by Deutsche Lufthansa, I was able to test its FlyNet mobile and Internet services. Attempting to beat the proverbial test starting gun, which Linford Christie failed to do so…

55% of Aircraft Equipped with In-Flight Connectivity by 2024, Says Valour Consultancy

Valour Consultancy issued the following release on BusinessWire this morning. LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Despite the entrance and exit of AT&T into in-flight connectivity (IFC) in the space of just seven months, there is plenty of optimism in the market. The number of aircraft being equipped with cellular and/or Wi-Fi technology continues to grow – and rapidly. According…

Airline Cybersecurity

At some stage in our lives, most of us will have been told that flying is statistically the safest form of transportation and up until recently, we’d have had little reason to doubt this assertion. However, the recent spate of crashes involving Air Algérie, TransAsia Airways and of course, Malaysia Airlines, has got people asking…

Operational Efficiencies from Connected Aircraft

As the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues, the debate as to whether its now time to stream real-time black box data has intensified.​​ While there are no technical barriers to ​relay such information to the ground via satellite, the question remains ​whether airlines, already struggling to keep costs down, want to put up…

Ka-band: the Ku Killer?

The debate is on as to whether the surge of new Ka-band capacity will detrimentally affect Ku-band services, especially in the aeronautical and maritime sectors where satellite connectivity is of increasing importance. Craig Foster, Senior Consultant at Valour Consultancy, takes on the question, and weighs up the pros and cons of both systems. Approximately eighteen…