6 Responses

  1. Tom
    Tom at |

    Sure someone has to pay for it…but like DirectTV, the salty are sugary snacks sold on the plane, or the $9 Bacardi and coke in the club….it won’t be me buying it.

  2. Grant
    Grant at |

    Panasonic Avionics for the Ku-band win (2014-2016)

  3. Carl
    Carl at |

    Larger devices still need to be stowed during taxi, takeoff, and approach. And at present the FA announcements say small devices need to be in airplane/non-transmit mode. The bandwidth impact may not be all that significant if larger devices have to be stowed until the 10,000 feet double chime and vv.

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  6. Steve
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    Still believe this is a bad idea for safety reasons. As I understand it only laptops and large PED’s need to be stowed during critical phases of take off and landing. If there is an accident I’m really not sure I want a 7″ iPad (nice sharp edges) flying around the cabin. If you get hit in the head with one of these devices it will cause serious injury. These devices are not tested for head strike like the embedded IFE screens in your seat.

    There is a reason most aircraft satellite systems are not used on ground:
    1.Line of site required – terminal stand position and height of surrounding structure may not allow for this.
    2. Plate Temp – For internet services you need transmit capability which in turn will cause temperature rises on the Antenna plates. Most are designed to work above 10k Ft to allow for the necessary cooling. They are not meant for extended use on ground in hot climate areas. Phased Array antennas may get around this issue but we are still years away from putting these on commercial aircraft.