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Gogo gets FCC nod for 70Mbps in-flight WiFi tech

Gogo gets FCC nod for 70Mbps in-flight WiFi tech

Gogo, who provide in-flight WiFi options for many flights, have announced something exciting for the future of connectivity. The FCC has given Gogo the green light to start operating using their next-generation technology, dubbed 2Ku. According to Gogo, 2Ku will bring peak speeds of 70Mbps to you in-flight via a new spectrally efficient antenna. Gogo also says it costs less that competitor’s solutions, and is only 4.5-inches tall. The company even says future satellite technology could push 2Ku even further.

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Qatar Airlines plans real-time blackbox streaming

Qatar Airlines plans real-time blackbox streaming

As we’ve seen with two airplane disappearances over the past year, the black box on an airplane might record data, but flight data isn’t necessarily streamed. Qatar Airways wants to change that, and is announcing plans to stream flight info in real-time to sources on the ground. The streaming wouldn’t prevent a plane’s issues, but could allow help to arrive faster, possibly saving lives in the process. The news came as the airline unveiled their new Airbus A350 XWB.

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London airspace closed due to computer glitch

London airspace closed due to computer glitch

In London, a “computer failure” has shut down the airspace surrounding the city. The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation says Swanwich air traffic control center is experiencing severe technical problems, and a fix is nowhere in sight. For now, the technical issue is causing severe delays, and they advise anyone departing via a London Airport — yes, even Heathrow — to double-check with their airline to make sure they’ll be able to leave on-time. There is no timeframe for a solution to this issue.

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United doling out 23,000 iPhone 6 Plus’ to flight crew

United doling out 23,000 iPhone 6 Plus’ to flight crew

Next time you fly United Airlines, your flight attendant might break out an iPhone. Don’t worry, though, they’re not bored with you. They’re not texting while you talk or anything. In fact, it might be to your benefit! In an ongoing effort to go paperless, United Airlines will be giving all flight attendants an iPhone 6 Plus, which will give them “important safety and service” info in their hand, all the time. The iPhones will start landing in-hand during the second quarter of 2015.

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AirStrato “civilian” UAV goes into preorder

AirStrato “civilian” UAV goes into preorder

Whenever UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles are mentioned, two types almost always come to mind: the super powerful ones developed by the military or by corporations, and personal drones mostly used for fun, like taking sports action shots. These two groups also represent the two extremes of the pricing range, the most expensive and the most affordable ones, respectively. AirStrato is an air robot that tries to bring some of each group together, marrying the power of high-performance UAVs but without getting you bankrupt.

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AT&T backs out of in-flight wireless game

AT&T backs out of in-flight wireless game

Challenging GoGo in-flight wireless was going to be no small feat, but AT&T was poised to offer LTE service while we coasted above the clouds. A new report suggests AT&T is no longer interested in air travel and LTE service, and will be re-focussing tier efforts on the terrestrial front. Their recent purchase of Mexican carrier lusacell is evidence of that, according to a statement provided by AT&T. Seems the promise of AT&T flying the friendly skies is no more.

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Joke WiFi network delays international flight 4 hours

Joke WiFi network delays international flight 4 hours

Air travel is already a pain in the backside most times. You have to arrive early, maybe even check a bag or two, and possibly even grab a boarding pass (seriously, though, use the airline app). then there’s the TSA line, which can be — interesting. Your plane might be delayed, depending on where/when you’re travelling. The last thing you need is some wise-guy stalling the flight because they named their WiFi network “Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork”. But that’s what happened in Los Angeles yesterday morning.

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Drone nearly hits plane, may have been on purpose

Drone nearly hits plane, may have been on purpose

Over the weekend, it was revealed that a drone had a near collision with an passenger aircraft in the UK. A 74-seat ATR 72 was flying over county Essex in route to London Southend Airport when it had the near collision with a quad-copter drone, which was flying at roughly 1,500 feet and came uncomfortably close to the right wing of the craft. According to the report, this was no accident, either.Whoever flew the drone seems to have been aiming for the plane.

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Flight attendants take FAA to court to reinstate ban on electronics use

Flight attendants take FAA to court to reinstate ban on electronics use

Remember how pleased frequent travelers were late last year when the Federal Aviation Administration finally started allowing airline passengers to use their personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing? Well, it turns out there's one group of people who aren't very happy with the change, and are now trying to get the ban on smartphones and tablets put back in place. Flight attendants have taken the FAA to the U.S. Court of Appeals with their main concern being the issue of safety.

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