The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to keep in place the rule requiring passengers in the U.S. to turn off cellphones before takeoff. But the ruling might not be enough to end the debate thanks to new mobile telephone technology that is designed to circumvent traditional cellular ground networks.
Lingering uncertainty about whether cellphone calls placed by airline passengers would cause interference with the cell system on the ground has prompted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to drop a longstanding proposal to relax the current ban.
Although the use of in-cabin wireless networking has grown rapidly since the 1999 release of the IEEE 802.11b Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) standard, wireless networking in the hangar to support maintenance functions has been slow to catch on, mainly for cultural and regulatory reasons.
Sky-Nets, which offers free wireless Internet (WiFi) systems to FBOs, released the results of a survey of FBOs, assessing their level of WiFi adoption. The survey polled 380 U.S. FBOs and found that 73 percent of FBOs at larger airports (more than 30,000 movements) offer WiFi and 45 percent of FBOs at smaller airports offer WiFi.
The FCC has approved AirCell’s air-to-ground frequency license, clearing the way for the Louisville, Colo. company to begin rolling out the ground infrastructure to support its new broadband communications service.
Japan Airlines will equip two government-owned Boeing 747-400s used to carry the country’s emperor and high-ranking officials with the Connexion by Boeing mobile information service, the vendor announced here yesterday. Installation is due to start next February.
Boeing might sell or shut down its Connexion in-flight Internet service after six years of failing to turn a profit on the business, The Wall Street Journal reported today. Boeing is thought to have spent as much as $1 billion on Connexion, but has had a tough time attracting airline customers, many of whom have complained about the service’s high equipment costs.
AirCell is moving forward with plans for a nationwide network of about 200 special ground stations to support in-flight broadband services. The Louisville, Colo. company is paying $31.319 million for a frequency-spectrum license after beating out Verizon Airfone and others in an FCC auction that concluded on June 5.
AirCell displayed the newly certified wireless function of its Axxess flagship satcom system at last month’s NBAA Convention. Axxess was certified in April and hardware already exists in systems currently in service to allow a field software upgrade that will activate the wireless function mode.
AirCell (Both No. 2085) is displaying the newly certified wireless function of its Axxess flagship satcom system. Axxess was certified in April and hardware already exists in systems in service that will allow a software field upgrade that will activate the wireless function mode.